What is Responsible Research and Innovation?
Responsible research and innovation is an approach that anticipates and assesses potential implications and societal expectations with regards to research and innovation, with the aim to foster the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation.
Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) implies that societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations, etc.) work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society.
In practice, RRI is implemented as a package that includes multi-actor and public engagement in research and innovation, enabling easier access to scientific results, the take up of gender and ethics in the research and innovation content and process, and formal and informal science education.
EC Horizon 2020: Responsible Research and Innovation
RRI and RE-COGNITION
RE-COGNITION is committed to delivering a framework of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). This framework implies that the stakeholders involved in the project will work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes of RE-COGNITION with the values, needs and expectations of society. RE-COGNITION aims to implement this framework by:
RRI RE-COGNITION activities
RE-COGNITION RRI pledge
During the initial RRI meeting, consortium members created a Re-cognition RRI pledge, which will not only help align the project to the RRI framework but also act as the context for continuous RRI discussions and reflections throughout the project.
We pledge to…
Public Engagement Team
University of Bristol
The Public engagement team at the University of Bristol is a pioneer in developing and implementing RRI and Public Engagement initiatives at all levels. The team works across the University of Bristol to support and promote public engagement with research and teaching. Our team supports a number of innovative projects engaging a range of diverse publics, from SPHERE, an engineering project exploring the use of home-based sensor technologies to improve health impacts, to Invincible, a collaboration between Bristol’s BrisSynBio research and Kilter theatre company, who produced an immersive theatre performance that explored some of the RRI issues surrounding the future of Synthetic.
The Public Engagement team coordinates and delivers a range of training to undergraduates, postgraduates and research professionals in the university, embedding effective public engagement in the culture of the university. One of our specialisms as a department is training and engagement for responsible research and innovation. Through projects such as EU funded PERFORM and Synenergene we have started to explore different methodologies that bring Responsible Research and Innovation in to practice, creating tangible impacts for the public, responding to the specific contexts of different research groups and influencing the culture of research within institutions.