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SIS-RRI Report Summary

Project ID: 635149
Funded under: H2020-EU.5.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SIS-RRI (Science, Innovation and Society: achieving Responsible Research and Innovation)

Reporting period: 2014-06-01 to 2015-08-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The Project aimed at organising an international event dedicated to Science in Society projects and activities throughout the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes.
The Conference was organised under the auspices of the Italian EU Presidency. It took place in Rome 19th to 21st November 2014. The Conference had the following title: Science, Innovation and Society: achieving Responsible Research and Innovation. It was included by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the official programme of the Italian Presidency of the European Union (second semester of 2014). The Conference was planned and managed by the National Research Council of Italy (CNR) in partnership with the Agency for the Promotion of European Research (APRE) and with the assistance of appropriate external services.

The objectives of the proposals were three: first, to garner analysis, recommendations and best practices of projects funded under the Sixth Framework Programme (Science and Society-SaS) and the Seventh Framework Programme (Science in Society-SiS). Second, to offer a platform for stakeholders from Member States and others to discuss further developments in the framework of Responsible Research and Innovation. The third objective was to federate the Science in Society Community and provide input for future collaboration within ‘Science with and for Society’ (SwafS). The conference was the first occasion in H2020 that brought together all stakeholders that have worked for SaS to SiS over a 14-year timespan; Last, to present the international perspective of Science in Society projects over the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes, and further discuss and reflect on the international dimension of Science in Society.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

The Conference location was the prestigious Auditorium Parco della Musica, a multifunctional structure dedicated to music, cultural, and scientific events. The plenary sessions of the Conference were held in the Sala Petrassi of the Auditorium, which is a hall with 700 seats on an area of 173 square metres. The 6 parallel sessions of Day 2 took place in 5 smaller halls (Risonanze Area, Conference Hall, Studio 1, Studio 2, Guest Hall).
The participants to the Conference numbered 621 (badges distributed). They came from many nations and had diverse affiliations: universities, research managers, policy makers, European Commission officers and delegates.
The participating countries were: Austria, Belgium, Byelorussia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Norway, Northern Mariana Islands, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland. The event organization agency, Idea Congress, managed the registration of participants with 10 desks divided into three categories: speakers, registered participants in alphabetical order, press.

The scientific programme of the Conference included an event dedicated to the presentation of the results of the projects financed by the European Commission under the Science in Society FP6 and FP7 calls. To this aim, a Market Place area was set up in the Auditorium Arte area, which was outfitted with 30 panels for the presentation of posters and 10 plasma screens and tablets for digital broadcasting.

The main result of the event was the great success it had in fostering the discussion among the SaS and SiS communities and the involvement of a large number of stakeholders from research, civil society as well as European, international and Italian institutions. The Conference raised consensus concerning the implementation of RRI principles in H2020. By offering inspiring presentations and workshops that bring into play the participants experiences and ideas, the Conference generated the Rome Declaration as an input to be used in the future framing of a European model for RRI and recommendations for future ‘Science with and for Society’ activities in the Work Programme 2016-2017. During the event, the European RTD Commissioner Carlos Moedas held his first public speech, together with the Italian Ministry of Research and other public representatives. Moreover, the involvement of the audience in the debate through the parallel sessions, was a good achievement, allowing a wider participation in the drafting of the final documents produced during the Conference, first and foremost the issue of the Rome Declaration on Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe. Finally, a tangible outcome of the Conference was the publication of a stock-taking study dedicated to the six RRI keys and to their global dimension. The Rome Declaration on Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe kicks off the study.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The published stock-taking study, 'The Contribution of the European Commission to Responsible Research and Innovation: A Review of the Science and Society (FP6) and Science in Society (FP7) Programmes', provides the Commission with an assessment of the impact of the 'Science and Society' (SaS) and 'Science in Society' (SiS) programmes, including specific sessions on lessons learned for each RRI key in projects funded in past Framework Programmes and prepares the future of 'Science with and for Society' (Swafs) activities. The stock-taking study provided the participants with a review of recommendations and best practices throughout the Sixth and Seventh Framework Programmes. Furthermore a final chapter on global trends and experiences on Science in Society issues was included. Finally, in its final version of the stock-taking study has presented the results of the discussions and conclusions of the Conference (collected by facilitators during the parallel sessions).

The Conference raised consensus concerning the implementation of RRI principles in H2020, and helped further shape Commission policy in the area. By offering inspiring presentations and workshops that bring into play the participants experiences and ideas, the Conference generated input to some of the necessary features of a governance framework to be used in the future framing of a European model for RRI.

Furthermore, the Conference has produced ideas and recommendations for future ‘Science with and for Society’ activities and the Work Programme 2016-2017, which were summed up in the Rome Declaration on RRI issued on 21st November 2015. The Conference managed to federate the Science in Society Community and stimulated further collaborations among researchers, experts, NGOs, policymakers and industry. An important impact of the Conference was to facilitate and enable formal and informal dialogues and exchange of ideas and best practice among the participants (i.e. through marketplace, art exhibition, parallel sessions etc.) to stimulate the formation of a platform and future collaborations.

Some of the projects products were presented and discussed within the framework of the exhibition ‘Science, Art, Society’, which opened on 19th November and stayed on until 29th November on the premises of the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, which is a very close to the Auditorium Parco della Musica. By showing highlights of artistic representation of products of FP6 and FP7 funded research, the exhibit had the objective of showcasing the interaction among science, art, and society. It was meant to bring the public, first and foremost young people, closer to scientific research. The opening ceremony of the Exhibit Science, Art and Society was followed by a Gala dinner at the MAXXI, with the participation of DG RTD Commissioner Professor Carlos Moedas, the Italian Minister of Education, University and Research, Professor Stefania Giannini, the Italian Minister of Culture and Tourism, Honorable Dario Franceschini, together with past DG RTD Commissioner Honorable Philippe Busquin and past Italian Minister of Education, University and Research, Professor Luigi Berlinguer.

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