Families_Share Webinar: “Responsible Research and Innovation_useful hints by the NewHoRRIzon project”

First Webinar of the Families_Share Webinar Mini-Series:

“Responsible Research and Innovation_useful hints by the NewHoRRIzon project”

7th February 2020

13.00 – 14.10 Central European Time zone

The Families_Share Team along with the collaboration of the NewHoRRIzon and SUPERMoRRI projects invite you to participate in our very first Webinar titled:
“Responsible Research & Innovation_useful hints by the NewHoRRIzon project

In the frame of WP4 on Impact Assessment the Families_Share  Team is organizing a webinar miniseries on RRI, in order gather useful inputs/hints from experts for assessing the project process and outputs from an RRI perspective. Given the relevance of the topic, the Families_Share team has decided to open the participation to the public and especially to other CAPSSI projects.

According to the definition given by the European Commission “Responsible research and innovation is an approach that anticipates and assesses potential implications and societal expectations with regard to research and innovation, with the aim to foster the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation.” The RRI framework consists of six dimension:

  • Multi-actor and public Engagement (PE)
  • Gender Equality
  • Science Education
  • Open Access
  • Ethics
  • Governance

Within the webinar series some experts are invited to present and discuss about RRI and its six dimensions as well as of relevant tools and indicators to be adapted and applied to social innovation and ICT projects.

During the first webinar we will have the opportunity to discuss about the topic with 2 excellent keynote speakers, Erich Griessler and Niels Mejlgaar, both working for the NewHoRRIzon and SUPERMoRRI projects. In particular, after a brief introduction to the topic the speakers will present us the NewHorrizon project: a project that aims at further integrating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the research and innovation systems on national and international levels.

The speakers will, in particular, focus on one of the tools developed in the frame of the project: Societal Readiness (SR) Thinking Tool. The tool offers practical guidance on how to mature the societal readiness of research projects, by providing a generic methodology allowing researchers to reflect on the societal impact of their work at critical stages in the project life cycle. The primary goal of the Thinking Tool is to help researchers align their project activities with societal needs and expectations.

After the presentations, a Q&A session is going to take place.

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Panelists bionotes:

Erich Griessler studied Sociology and History at the University of Vienna (1983–1990) and the Maastricht University. In 1990 he graduated as Magister of Philosophy. From 1990 to 1992 he worked as scientific collaborator at the University of Vienna. From 1992 to 1995 he worked on a dissertation scholarship at the Austrian Research Center Seibersdorf, Department for Technological Research. In 1992/1993 he conducted research at the Rijksuniversiteit Limburg, NL. In 1995 he took his doctor’s degree. From 1995 to 1999 he worked as junior researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Medicine and Health Sociology in Vienna. Since 1999 he works as researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna. Since 2016 he is head of the research group “Techno-Science and Societal Transformation”. From 2011 to 2013 he acted as Vice President of the Austrian Society of Sociology.

Niels Mejlgaar is professor at the Department of Political Science and associate dean at the Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences, Aarhus University, Denmark. His work focuses on research policy and governance, with particular interest in issues related to responsibility and integrity in research practices. He was trained in political science at Aarhus University and did his PhD in planning and development at Aalborg University. From 2011-18, he was director of the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy. He has contributed to several cross-European research projects and has advised the European Commission, national governments, and institutions on issues related to research policy, RRI, evaluation, and development of indicators of RRI and public understanding of science.

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