Date: 7 & 8 March 2019
Venue: Prague, Czech Republic
Stakeholders were selected by their relation to the program line (including their potential ability to induce change) and their interest in the questions we address throughout NewHoRRIzon (ethical and societal challenges). The participants of the first Social Lab workshop and the participants of the Pilot Actions helped us to identify relevant actors. Furthermore, selected participants of the Pilot Actions themselves were invited (also assessed by the input they provided throughout the PAs and their interest in the questions that emerged). Furthermore, the selection process was of course also guided by the aim to include a wide variety of different stakeholder groups into the Social Lab: The aim was to include actors according to the Quadruple Helix model of Open Innovation and to represent all RRI stakeholder claims into the Social Lab process.
The NewHoRRIzon-funded event “Street goes 2 Research” invites citizens, research-enthusiasts, policy-makers and just simply everyone interested in the technological and social aspects of transportation to be part of an open dialogue concerning old and new technologies. NewHoRRIzon is a project that aims at further integrating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the research and innovation systems on national and international levels. The concept of RRI is an approach which intends to bridge gaps between science, research and innovation communities and society at large by fostering more inclusive, anticipatory, open and responsive research and innovation systems.
In this framework, the Technical University of Madrid, the n’UNDO network and GEA21 will foster the exchange between society and research by opening up the doors of the Technical University of Madrid for everyone to get insights In the world of research. The aim is to reflect upon the effects of technology on everyday life and for citizens to bring in their perspectives, so that members of the public get Insights in scientific processes and developments, while the researchers learn about the needs, views and future ideas in relation to transport and mobility. While contemporary research often times stays behind closed doors when designing the future of our technologies, increased direct exchange between different stakeholder groups fosters the possibilities for citizens to understand scientific processes, while researchers gain insights in how specific technologies shape the lives of diverse groups of stakeholders. Similarly, the event also invites policy-makers, CSOs, journalists and students to be part of this process.
The specific challenge that this event aims to address is to bring excluded voice Into the foreground of technological and scientific processes, as the results of research and innovation processes do not only open up possibilities to address specific issues, but through their implementation they also exclude non-target groups and determine, shape and create the environments we live in, the ways we move through (or within) those environments and how we interact with other people.