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

Description of the workshop

Workshop 2

Date: 10 & 11 April 2019

Venue: Vienna, Austria

Description of the workshop

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.

Pilot Action 3: Disseminating RRI in the Research and Innovation Community of the Green Village at Delft University of Technology

This pilot action aims at making RRI a principle guiding the way innovations can be developed, tested and demonstrated in their experimental real-life setting in a highly innovative research Community, the Green Village at Delft University of Technology.
For doing so, two workshops are organised to commonly experiment and evaluate an RRI approach in the framework of existing projects to establish guidelines for a practical use of the RRI principles within small innovative scientific communities with multi stakeholder’s interests.

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, Lisa Marie Seebacher and Margit Hofer, 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.