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OSFair2017 Workshop | Why is responsible research & innovation important?


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Aliki Giannakopoulou talks about responsoble research and innovation (RRI)

Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) is a way of researching that takes a long-term perspective on the type of world in which we want to live. It can strengthen research projects by emphasising openness, transparency, diversity, inclusiveness and adaptation to changes. Essentially, RRI aims to create collaborative frameworks in which citizens engage with scientists, entrepreneurs, decisions makers and other groups to work towards sustainable, ethically acceptable and socially desirable outcomes.


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OSFair2017 Workshop | Why is responsible research & innovation important?

  1. 1. Why is Responsible Research & Innovation important? Aliki Giannakopoulou
  2. 2. ➔ Making sense of Responsible Research & Innovation ➔ The Citizen science approach
  3. 3. Who are we
  4. 4. One of the most innovative schools in Greece Classes from kindergarden to high school Research & Development department A teacher training centre Running more than 20 European projects Coordinator of the Open schools for Open societies project
  5. 5. Responsible Research & Innovation
  6. 6. Health, demographic change, and wellbeing Food, agriculture and forestry, and water Secure, clean and efficient energy Smart, green and integrated transport Climate action, environment, and resources Secure societies: freedom and security of Europe and its citizens Europe in a changing world: inclusive, innovative and reflective societies Society is facing many challenges today… those identified by the European Commission
  7. 7. ● GMOs ● fracking ● food safety ● affordable medication among others… Science & technology sometimes create risks and dilemmas Society needs a new R&I approach to address present and future controversies more efficiently. RRI tackles these Grand Challenges by aligning the values, needs and expectations of all actors involved in Research and Innovation.
  8. 8. What do you do when you do RRI? Align R&I with societal values, needs and expectations Open R&I to all actors and at all levels RRI Ensure R&I addresses societal challenges RRI seeks to bring issues related to R&I into the open in order to anticipate their consequences, and to involve society in discussing how science and technology may help us create the world we want.
  9. 9. What is RRI? WATCH VIDEO
  10. 10. Implementing RRI: process dimensions Openness and Transparency Anticipation and Reflection Responsiveness and Adaptive Change Diversity and Inclusion From the RRI TOOLS Project
  11. 11. Who are the main actors in R&I processes? POLICY MAKERS From funders to policy officers, research centre directors and representatives of learned societies, whether at a European, national, or local scale EDUCATION COMMUNITY Teachers, students, science museums’ staff, families and all those concerned with education at all levels RESEARCH COMMUNITY Researchers, innovators, research managers, public affairs and communication officers, and all those who support the diversity of the R&I system CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS From individuals to organisations, NGOs and the media, civil society is crucial to shape the R&I our society needs BUSINESS & INDUSTRY From contractors and SMEs to large transnational companies with strong R&I activity
  12. 12. The six Policy Agendas GENDER EQUALITY Promoting human resources in research for attaining gender balance ETHICS Ensuring research integrity, and science & society OPEN ACCESS Guaranteeing access to scientific knowledge to boost R&I GOVERNANCE Providing instruments to foster shared responsibility in R&I practices PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT Fostering collaborative and multi-actor processes in R&I SCIENCE EDUCATION Increasing the knowledge and skills of citizens in order to promote scientific vocations and participation
  13. 13. and considering specific key issues RRI is about: Policy Makers Research Community Civil Society Organisations Business & Industry Education Community Science Education Ethics Gender Equality Governance Open Access Public Engagement Open and Transparent including all actors, and process dimensions Diverse and Inclusive Anticipative and Reflective Responsive and Adaptive
  14. 14. Open access in the RRI context Each year we have 2.000.000 scientific articles 90% of research outcomes each year is locked From the 2 million articles 1 million is rejected the first time (1 bounce 6 months delay)- 500.000 years of delay each year Valid data useful to different stakeholders are out of reach
  15. 15. Open Science in RRI Publish all valid research data and focus on optimizing efficiency and quality control Transparent Process Gives access to all relevant stakeholders
  16. 16. Science Education in RRI Creating an Open School culture Import external ideas that challenge internal views and beliefs and, in turn, exports its students – and their assets – to the local community School makes a vital contribution to its community Student projects meet real needs in the community outside of school, they are presented publicly, and draw upon local expertise and experience.
  17. 17. Citizen Science
  18. 18. What is Citizen science? Citizen science is the involvement of the public in scientific research – whether community-driven research or global investigations
  19. 19. Citizen science projects should…  have a genuine science outcome  ensure both scientists and citizens benefit from taking part  ensure citizens receive feedback from the project  have data publicly available  citizens are acknowledged in the results
  20. 20. How citizen science can become more responsible? Topic/relation to researchers/raising ethical issues/bringing up gender issues For example take…. the Alzheimer's’ Society in the UK In every step – defining research questions, doing the research, analysing the data and measuring the impact – the patients and carers who are affected by memory loss are involved as co- researchers. Or the Biohacking community… contributing to charters of bioethics Or the Raremark community for people with rare diseases who often know more about their diseases than many doctors do
  21. 21. How RRI is your practice? The Self-Reflection Tool ( RRI TOOLS PROJECT) The SRT offers you room for reflection on those aspects of RRI you already consider in your work, those you don’t, and how you and your organisation can move towards a more responsible practice. SELF-REFLECTION TOOL
  22. 22. Thank you! Contact info: Aliki Giannakopoulou,