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Responsible Research and Innovation Ecosystems at Regional Scale for Intelligent Cities, Transport and Energy

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - RRI2SCALE (Responsible Research and Innovation Ecosystems at Regional Scale for Intelligent Cities, Transport and Energy)

Reporting period: 2020-01-01 to 2021-03-31

EU territorial authorities are tasked with a significant, yet extremely challenging task: to develop and implement successful regional R&I policies that spearhead sustainable development and economic growth, while simultaneously advancing inclusiveness and quality of life (Regional Dilemma). RRI2SCALE has designed a robust methodological approach to assist regional R&I governance systems to effectively and sustainably address the Regional Dilemma. RRI2SCALE sets from the identification of how RRI is currently integrated within regions [Hordaland (NO), Overijssel (NL), Kriti (GR) and Galicia (ES)], what the key constituting elements of territorial R&I ecosystems are, what citizens think of the way RRI and R&I ecosystems interact and what their suggestions for future improvements are. This insight is triangulated with future trends on smart and intelligent cities, transport and energy as key drivers for regional sustainable development and growth (identified via Delphi), to result in techno-moral scenarios depicting potential R&I trajectories and consequent impacts on policy, socioeconomic and environmental level. The scenarios will be “tested” via JRC’s Scenario Exploration System and Regional Dialogues. Their outcomes will form the basis for the elaboration of Regional Agendas and Roadmaps that will describe the concrete steps to be taken towards the integration of RRI principles into territorial R&I design. All activities, outcomes and impacts will be closely monitored by the RRI2SCALE Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, which will include a set of customised indicators for mapping the impact pathways between regional innovation and RRI. All project results, together with a training compendium on how to perform the project activities, will form the RRI2SCALE Toolkit for replication by other territories. A Memorandum of Collaboration will be signed by all regions (participating/interested), to further the sustainability of the project’s outcomes.
The work done during the first fifteen months of project duration, meaning in the first reporting period, reflects almost completely all the ambitions foreseen for RRI2SCALE in this period starting from the 1st of January 2020 till the 31st of March 2021; some deviations due to major forces had an impact on the workflow of the project and will be explained in the appropriate section of this report.
RRI2scale is based on an extremely important main issue: support regional R&I governance structures to successfully address the so-called Regional Dilemma and all the work done within the project orbits around this issue. Such dilemma relates to the capacity of regions to implement R&I policies that are able to foster development and economic growth, while ensuring, at the same time, also inclusiveness and sustainability.
The RRI2SCALE’ impact could be categorized according to immediate, mid-term and long-term impacts. For being precise, in terms of immediate impact, one year after the beginning of the project, the main goal was to understand the regional stakeholder ecosystems better and engage the regional quadruple helix stakeholders to develop a more sustainable R&I systems in their territories. On the mid-term level (approximately at the end of the project, at M36), the aim is to put our responsible regional R&I systems in the position of a role model for other territories, and particularly other EU regions. Furthermore, another objective will be to have concrete evidence of the contribution of our developed R&I systems to increased societal, democratic, environmental, economic and scientific impacts. This will justify the transfer of the project outcomes to other regions. Within the long-term level (8 years after the beginning of RRI2SCALE) the aim would be to have consistently influenced the advancement of the six key RRI policy areas identified by the Commission: public engagement, gender equality, science education, open access, ethics and governance, this step is strictly related to ‘WP5 – Monitoring, evaluation and assessment’.
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