Social lab 15 – Workshop 3

Date: January 20-21, 2020

Venue: Bonn, Germany


The third Social Lab workshop was kindly hosted by the Science Shop in Bonn, Germany. The venue selection allowed to have a historical kick-off with a visit to the birthplace of Ludwig van Beethoven.

Twenty participants from research, funding and education met to review and reflect on their experiences with the three pilot actions: (1) Measuring the Impacts of RRI, (2) RRI Education, (3) Future of Science?Society.

In contrast to preceding workshops, this workshop was particularly devoted to the construction and reflection of narratives – as meaningful stories – on the pilot actions and the Social Lab process. In a balanced mix of group work, plenary discussions, presentations and a speed dating format, the workshop provided space for a fruitful exchange of knowledge, key learnings and feedback to further develop ongoing pilot actions or explore new opportunities for collaboration and take forward the debate on RRI.

The creative exchange and great commitment of participants did not end with the workshop: A group of participants teamed up and formed a consortium to address the Swafs-31 call “Bottom-up approach to build SwafS knowledge base” (proposal successfully submitted) which builds on and extends existing scenario work of the pilot action “Future of Science?Society” that has developed novel scenarios of multiple futures of science-society interactions. In parallel, the group working on the future scenarios is working on the publication of the scenarios. There is also a group who keeps exchanging about formats fostering inter- and transdisciplinary dialogues. The group working on the measuring impacts of RRI also continues its work and works on a publishable output.


  • Luisa Fernanda Barbosa Gomez: Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society – University Pompeu Fabra, Spain.
  • André Brasil: Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Barbara Carneiro: European citizen science association / Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Germany
  • Fabio Feudo:  Knowledege & Innovation, Italy.
  • Jaime Fons: Fundación para Fomento de la Investigación Sanitaria y Biomédica de la Comunitat Valenciana, (Fisabio), Spain
  • Agata Gozdzik: Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland; involved in the project Edu-Arctic (H2020 project GA. 710240)
  • Marianne Kinnula: Associate Professor, INTERACT Research Unit, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, University of Oulu, Finland; involved in the project COMnPLAY SCIENCE
  • Alenka Komljanc: Trnovo Kindergarten, Slovenia
  • Natalja Komljanc: National Educational Institute, Slovenia
  • Dafina Petrova:  Fundación para Fomento de la Investigación Sanitaria y Biomédica de la Comunitat Valenciana (Fisabio), Spain
  • Stefan Reichmann: Open and Reproducible Research Group, Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science, TU Graz, Austria; involved in the project ON-MERRIT-Observing and Negating Matthew Effects in Responsible Research and Innovation Transition
  • Danielle Shanley: Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • Norbert Steinhaus: Bonn Science Shop, Germany
  • Michalis Tzatzanis: FFG – Austrian Federal Research Promotion Agency, Austria
  • Petar Vrgovic: Faculty of Technical Sciences at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia

Participating members of the social lab team: Susanne Buehrer, Stephanie Daimer, Kerstin Cuhls, Andreas Röss and Merve Yorulmaz, all Fraunhofer ISI, Karlsruhe, Germany.

Some of the logos of participants’ institutions and projects