“Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe and across the World. Shaping new Horizons”
14 – 15 January 2016
European Economic & Social Committee
Rue Belliard 99, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Program

In February 2013, four EU-funded projects, the “Go4”1, were launched (FP7, SiS work programme 2011). GREAT, Res-AGorA, ProGReSS, and Responsibility share a common concern to improve our understanding of the emerging concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), and develop approaches, tools and mechanisms to facilitate the uptake of RRI across Europe and beyond.

The Go4 projects will present key results of their work at a joint final conference, which will maximise their dissemination and potential impact, on 14-15 January 2016, in the European Economic and Social Committee premises, in Brussels, Rue Belliard 99.

There is an active debate on how best to translate the broad aims of the Innovation Union into principles and concrete actions for RRI (e.g. European Commission leaflet2 , Rome Declaration on RRI3  and Europe 20204 ). While the discourse on RRI is far from being settled, an impressive number of RRI activities have unfolded over the past few years. The European Union’s funding of dedicated RRI research projects and coordination activities has significantly contributed to this development.

The Conference is addressing the full range of stakeholders; researchers and research organisations, government policy at European, national and international levels, business and industry, and civil society.

The interplay between RRI and Carlos Moedas’ (Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation) key priorities of “Open Innovation, Open Science and Openness to the World”, needs to be addressed. RRI also has contributions to make to the current European Commission’s 10 high-level priorities (from a new boost for jobs, to democratic governance)