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Marine Knowledge Sharing Platform for Federating Responsible Research and Innovation Communities

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - MARINA (Marine Knowledge Sharing Platform for Federating Responsible Research and Innovation Communities)

Reporting period: 2017-08-01 to 2019-04-30

The MARINA project established, experimented and continues to curate and constantly update a Responsible Research and Innovation Knowledge Sharing platform involving societal actors working together during the whole research and innovation process. This aims to better align both the process and its outcomes, with values, needs and expectations of the European society, integrating citizens visions, needs and desires into science and innovation, promoting RRI with focus on marine issues and pressures that have important effects on the European societies. The project, even if connected with marine research field, defined a systematic approach in order to make it transferable and reproducible for any RRI thematic domain. All project results and activities are extrapolated from the RRI marine fields to general RRI applicable for any innovative sector and they have been broadly disseminated.
Six specific objectives were targeted:
1. Engage citizens and stakeholders in a highly participatory debate/consultation/process for federating Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) communities and initiatives,
2. Create and validate a comprehensive networking and knowledge sharing platform (KSP) for relevant projects, service contracts, marine actors, educational institutions and citizens, to support and enable discussion, Mobilization and Mutual Learning, knowledge exchange and co-production of different communities related to the MARINA key strategic issues (environmental issues, sustainable development, policies and educational challenges) in the perspectives of the societal challenges and the RRI topics.
3. Federate RRI communities including citizens in the KSP through the online Web Knowledge Sharing Platform (WKSP), for experimentation, training and knowledge and expectation capturing to address the societal challenges by embedding RRI and for facilitating the dialogue and shared understanding among scientists, policymakers, citizens and other stakeholders.
4. Deliver guidelines and good practices for RRI application in innovation processes and promote them to CSOs, industry stakeholders, policy and decision makers, research funders, educational institutions to foster their adoption as a potential benchmark in setting-up RRI processes.
5. Provide recommendations and policy options for RRI relating it to Blue Growth and its challenges at EU, national and sub-national levels.
6. Communicate and Disseminate broadly in Europe from the beginning of the project for enabling the MARINA activities and creating RRI and marine issues awareness; as well as outside Europe through the partners’ and associated partners’ wide professional and social networks for highlighting the European leadership in RRI governance.
The MARINA project has involved more than 900 stakeholders in 37 local and 8 international Mobilization and Mutual Learning (MML) workshops in highly participatory debates/consultations/processes on Responsible Research and Innovation in the Blue Growth sectors. The MML workshops engaged multidisciplinary groups of participants including citizens, NGOs and CSOs, students, researchers, business representatives, policy makers, experts in communication and other kind of stakeholders in an attempt to identify actions, lessons learnt and solutions towards current and emerging marine and societal challenges in the perspective of the Responsible Research and Innovation. Eight main marine challenges have been debated: Tourism and coastal cities, Pollution caused by human, land and sea pressures, Fishing and aquaculture, Renewable energy, Marine changes caused by climate, Marine Biotechnologies, Sea Transportation, Deep-sea Mining. The 45 MML workshops have identified good practices and lessons learnt and further lessons learnt have been extracted from past and current EU-funded projects for elaborating a Responsible Research and Innovation Roadmap for enabling Responsible Innovation and facilitating change management in research and innovation processes. The MARINA project has released the online Web Knowledge Sharing Platform (MARINA WKSP) with the purpose to catalyse and organise the convergence of already existing networks, communities, on-line platforms and services and to facilitate and stimulate the direct engagement of stakeholders. The Platform aims at providing actors and stakeholders a set of on-line resources by federating existing relevant knowledge portals and tools to support and enable discussion, mobilization and mutual learning, knowledge exchange and co-production of ideas, experiences, plans and activities related to societal challenges, with a focus on the marine thematic area in the first instance. The Marina project has involved more than 150 stakeholders and policy makers in three policy workshops for discussing and elaborating recommendations and policy options on RRI in the marine sector. The MARINA project has issued a manifesto that was presented during a European Parliament session about Ocean Literacy and RRI. Finally, the project produced a travelling exhibition.
The main expected impacts are:
- federating RRI actors and communities. The established common knowledge (ontology), the MML workshops, the MARINA WKSP platform, the spillover and the mobilization of this Science-Society-Industry-Policy Interface are supporting the process of federation among different communities and stakeholders,
- consolidating and advancing knowledge of science with and for society in Europe and improving the access to existing knowledge, know-how and experience. The Mobilisation and Mutual Learning (MML) workshops facilitate the creation of common visions, enable knowledge sharing and the identification of stakeholders views, needs and constraints in the field of marine related societal challenges. Furthermore, the MARINA WKSP platform makes this knowledge more accessible,
- reducing institutional costs and effort in applying RRI principles through the improvement of the knowledge, to create societal awareness and the establishment of federated communities to facilitate the application of the RRI principles,
- facilitate the spill-over of RRI to regions of Europe that are currently lagging behind through the identification of the laggards, their reasons and how these may be overcome by extracting lessons and practices from Denmark and Sweden where RRI is practiced as well as through the dissemination of strategy to spill-over and how. Enable laggards to improve in RRI practices through the steps and explanations provided in the RRI Roadmap.
- creating links among policy makers and RRI implementers bridging the science-policy gap. These interactions will increase the capacity of policy makers to engage with the large public in taking decisions of common interest, improving the bottom-up approach to tackling complex societal challenges. The cooperation performed through the mobilization of this Science-Society-Industry-Policy Interface will also enable the reduction of the institutional costs related to the strategies and actions fostering the adoption of the best approaches for institutionalizing RRI principles and effort.
RRI roadmap from MARINA
Leaflet of the project MARINA
Card of the MARINA platform