Social Lab 15 – Pilot Actions

Pilot Action 1: “Sharing the benefits of RRI”

This pilot action promotes the connection and exchange between ongoing SwafS projects and existing RRI knowledge hubs, such as SuperMORRI, RRI Tools, NewHoRRIzon, etc. Based on the indicator work by MORRI and SUPERMORRI, the pilot champions – and multipliers – jointly work on developing an easy-to-use template to share the benefits of RRI and demonstrate its usability by enriching it with their own fieldwork. By taking the results and products of an earlier RRI project as a basis for the pilot work, the pilot contributes to the development/emergence of good practice examples of recycled and adopted RRI work and results. Another central element and purpose of the pilot is to widely communicate the benefits of RRI to academic and non-academic audiences – beyond sectoral and disciplinary borders. As RRI is often perceived an abstract issue, working with illustrative, contextualized practical examples and insights from the champions’ fieldwork presents a meaningful and effective way to deconstruct, concretize and more effectively communicate the benefits of RRI.

Status: on-going

Coming soon: More on this pilot can be found here.

Pilot Action 2: “RRI education”

SwafS has invested a lot in many different kinds of science education addressing different target groups starting at the age of teenagers. This pilot action addresses younger children at the age of kindergarten and primary education as well as teenagers. It has started at the time of the first workshop as an exchange of experts for science education of children and teenagers, who are working in very different formats and settings towards integrating RRI into science education, sometimes not explicit but rather building de-facto on RRI principles. There were several ideas in the room how to make this a fruitful exchange, among them to collect or develop tools, which can be used open source.

The second workshop of the social lab took place at the premises of one of the pilot hosts, the Trnovo kindergarten in Ljubljana, and this gave momentum for a more focused discussion on how to share the knowledge and the good practice of this kindergarten as a pilot activity. A transfer-of-good-practice partnership between the Slovenian pilot host and a Spanish team has been established as a first concrete activity. The research group Fisabio in Valencia is coordinating the i-consent project, which aims to improve the information that patients receive from clinical studies. The cooperation in this pilot action is targeted especially at improving the guidelines for children.

Status: on-going

Coming soon: More on this pilot on the pilot 2 website.

Pilot Action 3: “The future of science? society?”

The questionmark between “science” and “society” in the title is meant to be programmatic, as with this pilot, we intend to organise a broader debate within the SwafS-/ RRI-community about the future of SwafS and RRI: Is it science for society, science in society, science with and for society? And where at all is society, if a programme like SwafS or a concept like RRI risk to become marginalized in the next European framework programme for research and innovation?

This pilot has two elements: First, we support lobby activities for a new and advanced SwafS-like programme in the next framework programme, such as the Pathways Declaration and we call our networks to participate in the public consultation on Horizon Europe. Second, we will develop scenarios for alternative futures of (European) research funding to feed and illustrate debates about societally engaged research . Thus, we aim to demonstrate how the SwafS-community deals constructively with the promises and pitfalls of the SwafS programme and of the RRI concept. We believe that the context of the social lab and the NewHoRRIzon project is a good starting point for such a communication effort. Both activities are at the same time highly policy relevant and will therefore be pursued in close collaboration with the management board of NewHoRRIzon and other actors.

Status: on-going

Want to engage for the future of science? society?: More on this pilot on the pilot 3 website.

Pilot Action 4: “Interdisciplinary dialogues”

One of the challenges of the current SwafS programme is that the interdisciplinary nature of the projects is something to be developed further. Participants of the SwafS social lab consider it to be an attractive element of future Europen framework programmes (and national programmes alike) to establish transversality as an important element, in particular to work on integrated views on responsibility between social scientists and humanists and scientists trained in natural sciences or technical disciplines. In the SwafS social lab we intended to make use of the NewHoRRIzon infrastructure and work together with other social labs to establish interdisciplinary dialogues, i.e. events facilitated by methods that help to build bridges and integrate views. We connected to the activities of social lab 19 for EURATOM, which is running the transversal “Nuclear Dating” event on 19-20 September 2019 in Brussels. Participants of our social lab will take part in the event and will report about their experiences and potential benefits.

Status: not followed-up as an independent activity of our social lab, but operated by linking to and taking part in the Nuclear Dating event (19-20 September 2019, Brussels) of Social Lab EURATOM.

Pilot Action 5: “RRI Training”

Many social labs of NewHoRRIzon have identified the need for RRI Trainings, and so has the SwafS social lab. SwafS has opened up to new communities by promoting a broad field of RRI related topics, in particular also in the area of education. Newcomers to H2020 do often not know how to address the RRI requirements within a project proposal, how to embed RRI within their activities. Therefore the SwafS social lab will link with other NewHoRRIzon social labs which plan to do “RRI trainings” and offer at least one training session in the course of 2019.

Status: not followed-up as an independent activity of our social lab, but we explore opportunities to operate this by linking to and taking part in activities of other Social Labs.