RRI Tools is a European project, funded under the Seventh Framework Programme, launched with the aim to provide the research and innovation community with specific tools for the application of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).
The SMART-map team took part in the RRI Tools final conference, which was held in Brussels on 21-22 November. The conference was meant as a space for discussion and reflection on how to implement RRI and on what is the evolution of this concept.
SMART-map participated in two different sessions.
Francesco Lescai, SMART-map coordinator, was invited to the “All-Scale Innovation” parallel session hosted by EBN. This session focused on how all sorts of innovation actors can work in a more open, responsible, sustainable and acceptable way. SMART-map, together with other projects (Global Value, PRISMA and COMPASS) took part in a PechaKucha session that gave an overview on ongoing projects and programmes addressing RRI (with a special focus on the private sector and SMEs). The discussion also involved The Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility – De Montfort University, European Venture Philanthropy Association, Shell, Social Innovation Factory, INSA Lyon Institute Berger and Society Inside.
Angela Simone, from Fondazione Giannino Bassetti, took part in the “Opening up research” parallel session. This session was focussed on future strategies and incentives of stakeholder engagement. SMART-map relies on the wide engagement of a broad range of stakeholders and representatives of civil society, that will co-design the smart maps together with industrial players in the 3 selected innovation sectors. Angela Simone presented the SMART-map engagement approach as well as the Societal Watchdog, a branch of the project Advisory Board, composed of CSO representatives, whose scope is critically discuss, refine and validate crucial checkpoints of the project. Other speakers in the session included representative from European projects DITO, FOSTER, LeNa and EnRRICH.