The SMART-map project will provide innovators with a tool that will help them meet society’s needs, concerns and expectations on new technologies. A roadmap towards responsible innovation.
It will pioneer a participatory method that enables innovators, civil society organisations, and other stakeholders to design this new tool together.
It will test these roadmaps in actual industrial settings, ensuring that innovators can use them easily within their existing processes.
Participants from different fields will discuss if and how citizens and patient-driven initiatives should be embedded in innovation pathways
The consortium, the RRI Angels and the representatives from sister projects discussed updates and future steps of the project
Participants from different sectors will compare approaches and experiences in the field of responsible innovation
Synthetic Biology has the potential to transform the industrial landscape and lead to more sustainable manufacturing. But public acceptance is essential for its commercial and societal viability.
Several industries are pioneering technologies that will change the way genomics is impacting on medicine. As the market grows and public health services explore new possibilities, the role of citizens is also changing.
Thanks to 3D printing, biomedical devices and consumables can be custom-made, tailored to the needs of a single patient. Products can be developed on the spot, fostering bottom-up approaches in which patients have an unprecedented key role.
The aim of SMART-map (RoadMAPs to Societal Mobilisation for the Advancement of Responsible Industrial Technologies) is to define and implement concrete roadmaps (SMART Maps) for the responsible development of technologies and services in three key time-changing fields. It builds on the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) approach promoted by the European Commission. This approach asks innovators to take into account potential implications and societal expectations in their work, and to adapt their business process accordingly.
The project will reach its ambitious goals by developing a new format for open and collaborative dialogues between industry and societal actors (Industrial Dialogues) which will allow the co-design of the roadmaps. Based on the Societal Challenges of Horizon2020, SMART-map will address the areas of precision medicine, 3D printing in the biomedical field, and synthetic biology.
SMART-map partners represent a diverse range of backgrounds both in terms of topics and in terms of professions: social scientists, life scientists, journalists and managers who all have experience in interacting with industries.