December 17, 2018

Social Lab 2: Future and Emerging Technologies (FET)

What is a Social Lab?


Horizon 2020 pillar: Excellent Science

Description of FET Programme

FET is an EUR 2.69 billion programme of the Horizon 2020 (H2020) research and innovation (R&I) framework programme 8 (FP8). The FET programme line sits within the Excellent Science pillar of H2020, and aspires, “To foster radically new technologies with the potential to open new fields for scientific knowledge and technologies and contribute to the European next generation industries, by exploring novel and high-risk ideas building on scientific foundations.”

Potential benefits of RRI for FET Programme Participants

FET offers a proving ground for addressing concerns with gender inequality in STEM fields. Addressing aspirations of Open Science are also endemic to FET, as rapid and early access to knowledge could be of great value to the progression of cutting-edge research. Consideration of education and science literacy are also natural for the FET programme, given its interest in cultivating a curious, capable, and responsible pool of future researchers in Europe. A general FET culture of pushing against technology paradigms in radical ways opens room for rich public engagement; broader reflection on values shaping technologies; and anticipation of potential consequences of blue-sky technology development.

Social Lab Aspirations

Social Lab 2 mobilizes a range of people associated with FET across Europe, including national research managers, professors, artists, labour and industry representatives, and policy officials. Participants share a common mission to learn about and enhance responsible research and innovation in FET R&I.

Social Lab workshops

Workshop 1

Date: 24-25 May 2018

Place: Tromsø, Norway

Description of the workshop

Workshop 2

Date: 12 & 13 March 2019

Place: Tromsø, Norway

Brief overview of the workshop

Workshop 3

Date and place: tbc

Pilot actions

Pilot Action 1: Responsible Research and Innovation: Literacyand Leadership Training Suite

Social Lab 2 aspires to develop adaptable, tailor-made experiential learning opportunities for FET programme stakeholders. The action aims to increase understanding about why thinking about and implementing responsibility in research and innovation is important; increase capacity of planning and implementing R&I with RRI in mind; and increase the capacity of project leaders to integrate RRI across dimensions of their work. Initial modules within the training suite are planned for:

  • Leadership and RRI for FET Project Leaders
  • General introductions to RRI for FET evaluators
  • Public and Stakeholder Engagement and Open Innovation for early career researchers

Pilot Action 2: Improving Leadership Styles in Science and Technology Management

Managers and facilitators

Social Lab Manager: Michael Bernstein, Scientist, GenØk, Tromsø, Norway

Social Lab Facilitator: Fern Wickson, Senior Scientist, GenØk, Tromsø, Norway