December 14, 2018

Social Lab 4: Research Infrastructures, including e-Infrastructures

What is a Social Lab?


Horizon 2020 pillar: Excellent Science

Social Lab 4 “Research Infrastructure” gathered stakeholders from 9 different European countries to collaboratively develop and implement pilot activities. The stakeholders had backgrounds in research funding and policy, were researchers or worked within a research infrastructure.Collectively, this group wanted to address research infrastructures on different levels through targeted pilot actions. On the one hand the participants intensively focused on implementing RRI at the policy level, on the other hand they decided to pursue an RRI approach when improving existing research infrastructures.

Social Lab workshops

Workshop 1

Date: 14-15 May 2018

Place: Vienna, Austria

12 participants

Presentation of the workshop

Workshop 2: Q2 2019

Workshop 3: Q3 2019

Pilot actions

Pilot Action 1: Magna Charta

The group decided to revise the European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures – Principles and Guidelines for Access and Related Services (EC, 2016)according to RRI principles. To do so, a small team of 5 people works together. They are analyzing the Charta and develop reports on their results. Thus, the main aim is to integrate RRI in the open access Charta.

Pilot Action 2: Museum Lab

The Natural History Museum in Vienna as one of the largest non-university research institutions in Austria creates a social lab. This multi-stakeholder social lab will strengthen RRI within the institution at a strategic level, create new alliances between science and society and will also intensify internal communication and awareness raising processes on the topic within the museum.

Managers and facilitators

Social Lab Manager: Ilse Marschalek, projectmanager and researcher at the Center for Social Innovation, Vienna, Austria.

Social Lab Manager Assistants: Elisabeth Unterfrauner and Lisa Marie Seebacher, researchers at the Center for Social Innovation,Vienna, Austria.

Social Lab Facilitator: Maria Schrammel, project manager and researcher at the Center for Social Innovation, Vienna,Austria.