January 30, 2019

Social Lab 5: Leadership in Enabling Industrial Technologies (LEIT)

What is a Social Lab?


Horizon 2020 pillar: Industrial Leadership

Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies (LEIT) includes the parts of Horizon 2020 focusing on
new opportunities for industrial leadership in
Key Enabling Technologies (KETs)
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)

These are areas of key industrial competences determining Europe’s global competitiveness.

Aiming at new and breakthrough technologies, this part of the H2020 programme contributes to boosting competitiveness, creating jobs, and supporting growth. It helps to achieve the EU Industrial policy goals, in particular the goal to bring industry’s weight in the EU’s GDP back to 20% by 2020, and represents an important component of the EU Strategy for KETs:

  • Micro- and nanoelectronics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Industrial biotechnology
  • Advanced materials
  • Photonics
  • Advanced manufacturing technologies

Social lab workshops

Workshop 1

Date: 18–19 June 2018

Place: Wageningen, The Netherlands

Description of the workshop

Workshop 2

Dates: 4 November 2019

Place: Wageningen, the Netherlands

Description of the workshop

Workshop 3

Description of the workshop

Pilot Actions

Pilot 1: Training on RRI

Responsibility in research and innovation (R&I) is an essential requirement driving the European R&I agenda since 2010. Either through the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), open science initiative, or increased socio-ethical reflection, the aim of increased involvement of stakeholders affected by R&I processes is one of the driving forces behind this unmet need.

The pilot action explores the opportunities that the concept of responsibility in R&I offers to deliver impactful and inclusive solutions for innovation, sustainability, circular economy, etc. through a meaningful interaction. We will explore the challenges of open science and the value trade-offs that researchers, innovators, and policy-makers face when engaging in responsible R&I endeavours. The aim is to investigate, facilitate, and enhance effective transdisciplinary trainings and discussions of groups with a broad diversity of stakeholders. These include BSc, MSc, PhD students, academic and non-academic researchers, innovators, and businesses (SME/MNE). The team will collect anonymized data that will inform the advancement of further research in cross-disciplinary R&I discussions and the effectiveness of various training approaches in diverse discourses. The output will not only increase the awareness of the multitude of discursive methods in cross-disciplinary R&I collaborations but will also collect valuable insights for future research relevant to the collaboration between private and public actors for responsible R&I.

Pilot 2: Involvement of CSOs into calls

The process of research and innovation (R&I) involves not only technologies and systems but actively engage with societies by interacting and affecting them. The normative requirement of responsibility in R&I, since its explicit introduction in 2010 to European framework programmes (H2020, Horizon Europe), aims at designing an inclusive and sustainable R&I process that involves all the affected societal actors in a cooperative and transparent manner. A plenitude of successful responsible R&I-related initiatives have since then been since developed, in collaboration with an ever-growing number of societal actors and stakeholders. One of the lessons learnt from these experiences is that, despite the active participation of civil society organizations (CSOs)/non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in R&I collaborations, their invitation to the proposal-drafting process of R&I projects is not always successful. The objectives of this pilot action are twofold: a) to identify and reflect on the causes of the barriers and hurdles of the increased involvement of CSOs/NGOs in the initiation of project proposal-writing endeavours, and b) informed by these reasons, to design a prototype of proposal writing process that would be successful in inviting CSOs/NGOs into collaborative projects since their conception. These objectives are expected to lead to greater societal cohesion and increased efficiency and overall societal benefits resulting from challenging R&I developments.

Managers and facilitators

Social Lab Manager: Peter Novitzky

Social Lab Facilitator: Vincent Blok, Renate Wesselink