February 1, 2019

Social Lab 19: EURATOM


Horizon 2020 pillar: Diversity of approaches

Social Lab 19 aims to investigate how Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is implemented within EURATOM and how it can be further integrated.

Social Lab Workshops

Workshop 1

Date: 16-18 May 2018

Venue: Brussels, Belgium

Description of the workshop

Workshop 2

Date: January 29th and 30th, 2019

Venue: Vienna, Austria

Description of the workshop

Workshop 3

Date: November 19th and 20th 2019

Venue: Warsaw, Poland

Description of the workshop

Pilot actions

Pilot Action 1: Teach the teacher

This pilot focuses on Science Education, aiming to make RRI part of the physics classes.
From a Science education perspective this pilot provides the chance to overcome the linear thinking of physics being a subject without any relation to ethics and (societal) responsibility.

The design is effective as it can be applied on different levels. NCBJ will also supervise the implementation of the workshop results.
The pilot is based upon a two day residential course at the NCBJ facilities in Warsaw, inviting physics teachers. In this workshop, participants will learn about how to integrate responsibility and ethics to their classes.

Pilot Action 2: Nuclear Dating

The objective is to overcome barriers for interdisciplinarity cooperation. “Nuclear Dating” will twin scientists from nuclear and non-nuclear disciplines with the purpose to mutually share their scientific approaches (“scientific dating”). This will support the mutual understanding of their different scientific approaches, stimulate critical thinking and contribute to lead to possibly better fulfil interdisciplinarity.

Plan and organize 2 days long workshop that attract young researchers with counterparts of different disciplines (Nuclear &Social Sciences). The design is effective to foster exchange between different disciplines. It focuses on PhD students with the possibility to expand the concept on other levels.

Read more about the participants’ experience!

Pilot Action 3: EURATOM Proposal

In the previous Social Lab Workshops it was stressed that RRI cannot be implemented to EURATOM without having the money and resources to do so. This pilot aims to integrate (traces of) RRI into EURATOM by institutionalise it via receiving funding for a project. The Social Lab team wishes also to generate impact beyond the Social Lab itself by using the Consortiums Network to promote RRI in EURATOM.
Furthermore the other two EURATOM SL Pilots (Nuclear Dating and Teach the Teacher) will be integrated into the proposal. In case of success the team will then have the opportunity to further refine these actions.

Managers and facilitators

Social Lab Manager: Elisabeth Frankus, Senior Researcher at Techno-Science and Societal Transformation research group, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria

Social Lab Researcher: Helmut Hönigmayer, researcher at Techno-Science and Societal Transformation research group, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria

Social Lab Facilitator: Robert Braun, Senior Researcher at Techno-Science and Societal Transformation research group, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria