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Responsible Research and Innovation Networked Globally (RRING): Collecting experiences from the global research community

The RRING project acknowledges that each world region is advancing its own Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) agenda. While in Europe, the term RRI is increasingly used, elsewhere it is less well-known. The issues that comprise RRI may be addressed in different ways and using different terms. Nevertheless, RRING believes that we can all learn from best practices globally and that sharing experiences among those involved can support improvement. Thus, RRING is implementing a global survey.

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In addition to promoting a linked up global world of RRI by creating the global RRING community network, the RRING project will develop a State of the Art and comparative analysis across the key world regions, among all stakeholders and sectors. As well as aligning RRI to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to provide a global common denominator for advancement of RRI, and addressing Grand Challenges globally, it will determine the competitive advantages of RRI and also investigate how and where RRI is perceived as a barrier and/ or disadvantage. It will create high level RRI strategy recommendations for five geographic zones, trial RRI best practice learning in 2 EU case studies, and review EU RRI benchmarking from a global perspective. Whether your main activity is conducting research or managing it, or whether you focus more on teaching or public engagement about research and innovation, you may have found yourself having to consider different issues that relate to RRI. For example, have you thought about whether it might be important to involve organizations with a diverse range of perspectives and expertise in your research and innovation activities? Have you reflected on how you can ensure that the way your research and innovation activities are implemented does not cause concerns for society or taken steps to do this? Is openness and transparency in research and innovation important? If so, do you have a clear idea about how to make your research methods and results as accessible to as wide a public as possible? What about your role in promoting gender equality or the inclusion of ethnic minorities? Do you have an opinion on how best to handle this? Are there government policies and regulations directly affecting your research and innovation work? Do you think it is important for research and innovation to address societal needs?... Many of these issues relate to different elements of RRI (public engagement, open access, gender, ethics, science education), and the institutional changes required to foster its uptake. RRING is keen to understand the way these are understood and dealt with across all sectors, career stages, whether you work in a university or government agency, whether in industry or a non-profit organization, whatever your disciplinary focus. The UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals designed to be a "blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all." Research and innovation is required to contribute to these globally and in a responsible way. Therefore, RRING believes that the SDGs have the potential to act as a common global denominator to which RRI issues can be aligned. The RRING global survey aims to explore how good practices are established in different research and innovation contexts across the world. It seeks to gather opinions directly from those involved in research and innovation rather than just from the authorities managing the issues tackled by RRI so as to obtain a snap shot of how they are understood and to gain insight into the behaviours associated with the key aspects addressed under the term RRI. Since the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are also a global common denominator to which research and innovation can contribute to addressing, views on the SDGs will also be sought. If you are interested in reflecting on these issues in the context of your own activities or if you have ideas about how you think these issues could be addressed or better reflected in the policies and regulations of institutions, then why not ensure your opinions are taken into account and complete the RRING global survey at: The Survey is available in 15 different languages: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Burmese, English, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Latin American, Spanish, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Russian, Serbian, Spanish We look forward to hearing from you.


Responsible Research and Innovation, Sustainable Development Goals, Global community, Public engagement, Gender, Ethics, science education