February 12, 2019

Social Lab 18: Instruments of H2020

What is a Social Lab?


Horizon 2020 pillar: Diversity of approaches

Instruments of Horrizon2020 – Cross Cutting Activities has three focus areas; Industry 2020 in the Circular Economy, Internet of Things, and Smart and Sustainable Cities, which are all represented in Social Lab 18. The aim of the programme is three-fold: 1) to “boost economic growth and renew Europe’s industrial capacities (..)” by “demonstrating the economic and environmental feasibility of the circular economy approach”. 2) To support “the combination of different technologies such as internet, components, big data, cloud or advanced computing and their integration in innovative use cases addressing major societal challenges” and lastly 3) to bring “together cities, industry and citizens to demonstrate the feasibility of developing (..) successful solutions for smart and sustainable cities in Europe” and “creating urban spaces powered by secure, affordable and clean energy, with smart electro-mobility and showcasing effective, innovative nature-based solutions.” The program allocates funding for coordination and support actions, R&I projects, and innovation projects involving a variety of stakeholders in research, industry, public bodies and civil society organizations.

Social Lab workshops

Workshop 1

Date: 20-21 April 2018

Place:  Budapest, Hungary.

Description of the workshop

Workshop 2

Date: 19-20 November, 2018

Place:  Munich, Germany

Description of the workshop

Workshop 3

Date: Scheduled for December 2019 or January 2020

Pilot actions

Pilot Action 1: BudaMatrix

The purpose of the BudaMatrix is to create a greater understanding of RRI and to offer concrete tools for incorporating RRI into (non-RRI) project, which can be used by different actors across disciplines and contexts. These tools will be derived from existing projects and the first step is thus to map these project, categorize them, and develop the matrix on this basis. 

Pilot Action 2: RRI House

The purpose of the RRI House is to create a platform for awareness-raising, knowledge-sharing, networking, and public engagement activities around RRI in a physical house, and to share these insights through online platforms created by other pilots. The Solar Decathlon Europe 2019 (where teams compete in making sustainable houses) will be held in Hungary, and the houses are built outside Budapest. The aim is to use one of these houses as a temporary RRI meeting point while exploring the possibility of a sustainable and viable solution for a more permanent RRI house in the future.

Pilot Action 3: ARRIMSIM

ARRIMSIM seeks to test and evaluate a newly designed waste bin equipped with sensors. The ultimate goal of a waste sorting system is to obtain cleaner residual resource that can be recycled to substitute raw materials. However, source-sorted waste often contains impurities that hinder their direct integration in the resource loop. The aim of this project is to design and evaluate an innovative method to increase both the quantity and quality of source-sorted solid waste. The bin can be tested at Roskilde Festival.

Pilot action 4: REDASH

This Pilot Action seeks to develop and distribute concept cards about responsible data sharing in the IoT Large-Scale Pilots Programme to raise awareness of relevant RRI principles and incorporate them in data sharing decisions at the local level where data is collected. First, interviews will be carried out with a few IoT project representatives with responsibility for data to collect their concerns, then the cards will be developed, and lastly consolidated at local workshops before being distributed. 

Managers and facilitators

Social Lab Managers: Mathias Wullum Nielsen (assistant professor) and Maria Lehmann Nielsen (research assistant), the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Social Lab Manager Assistant: Malene Vinther Christensen, research assistant, the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, Department of Political Science, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Social Lab Facilitator: Christoph Mandl, Mandl, Lüthi & Partner, Austria.