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FoTRRIS Report Summary

Project ID: 665906

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - FoTRRIS (Fostering a Transition towards Responsible Research and Innovation Systems)

Reporting period: 2015-10-01 to 2016-09-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

FoTRRIS can be considered a transition experiment, i.e. an experiment to support the transformation of present-day research and innovation strategies into co-RRI-strategies. FoTRRIS aims at transforming the current regime by forming a network of “knowledge arenas”, specially dedicated to RRI and the co-solving of glocal challenges, i.e. local/regional manifestations of global challenges and on ‘local’ opportunities for solving them.
FoTRRIS is about CO-RRI: it focuses on collaborative governance practices to co-design transdisciplinary RRI-projects that are addressing global challenges attuned to local needs, values and opportunities and that connect and mobilise local stakeholders.
FoTRRIS detailed objectives are:
• Development of a Conceptual Framework on CO-RRI
• The design of CO-RRI knowledge arenas, hubs and online platform, as relevant structures for CO-RRI.
• The evaluation of the concepts of co-RRI knowledge arenas and hubs to foster co-RRI’s embedding in R&I system.
• Validation, in case evaluation is positive, of these concepts through wider stakeholders’ engagement.
• The promotion of the validated concepts of co-RRI knowledge arenas and hubs through policy recommendations and creation of training materials to foster the establishment of a stable network of local knowledge arenas and hubs across Europe.

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

WP1 investigated the state-of-the-art of (Responsible) Research and Innovation systems in Europe by studying RRI literature, RRI research projects, and RRI-related practices. The most relevant RRI concepts and their key characteristics were explored in particular focussing on collaborative practices. Interviews with actors from academia, civil society, policy and the business sector were carried out, and an online survey implemented. This empirical work provided information about what key actors from the R&I system think about (CO-)RRI, and it helped to identify barriers to and potential levers for (CO-)RRI.
The Conceptual Framework for the implementation of CO-RRI principles and methods was elaborated, which serves as the basis for designing FoTRRIS’ co-RRI structures: co-RRI knowledge arena, co-RRI hub and co-RRI online platform. The relevance of these structures to foster co-RRI and solve the grand societal challenges will be tested and evaluated in WP3.
In WP2, a prototype of the co-RRI online platform has been developed which will be tested during the WP3 transition experiments. A first version of the design of a co-RRI knowledge arena has been elaborated. Partners have agreed upon a methodological framework allowing the hubs to work in a transdisciplinary way towards systemic solutions for the grand societal challenges. This methodology, entitled Mapping Innovations on the Sustainability Curve (MISC) was first developed and validated in the project ‘Wise Sciences’, on which FoTRRIS is based.
In WP3, partners have defined, in a dialogue with relevant local actors, the topic of their transition experiments. CESIE: renewable energy, ESSRG: local economic development, IFZ: food system, UCM: women with disabilities and refugees, VITO: materials scarcity.
WP3 partners started to establish local transition arenas by mapping relevant actors, including actors from business, CSO’s, R&I and public administrations. Networking with potential actors for the CO-RRI transition arenas as well asthe design of the time schedule for the local transition experiments have also started. The consortium has practiced the MISC methodology that will be applied in each transition experiment; this increases the comparability of the results of the different transition experiments.
A guideline for experiments facilitation in order to support WP3 partners’ implementation of the MISC methodology was developed as well as an evaluation framework in order to support WP3 partners with the evaluation of their whole transition experiment process.
The overall aim of WP4 is to embed the final co-RRI knowledge arena and hub concepts, once evaluated and validated, into R&I practices and policies. Thus, the WP4 produces recommendations and a facilitating instrument to scale-up these structures in other parts of Europe that are keen to implement them. As this R&I transition is tested by the transition experiments of WP3, most of the work on WP4 can only start after WP3 has been completed.
In WP5, the Communication and Dissemination Plan contains an inventory of key actors in the existing networks of the partners, a dissemination action plan aimed at target groups at micro, meso and macro levels, tools for communication, and timeline of activities.
The project website went live on December 2015 and more than 1500 visits were reached in the 1st period. Twitter and YouTube social media tools were used.. Poster, leaflet as well as a Prezi presentation are available, and 4 videos are under development.
Finally, partners participating in national and European conferences and meetings also prepared different materials for these events: 3 conferences organised, 7 workshops, 4 press releases, 9 participations in other conferences and workshops and 2 joined activities with other RRI-projects.

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)

Progress beyond the state of the art
The feedback from industry, academia as well as public administration actors strengthened our confidence that the CO-RRI concept proposed by FoTRRIS is very relevant and is received as an excellent and pioneering proposal.
A first envisioning of how CO-RRI knowledge arenas and hubs should function in order to materialise this collaborative vision of RRI has taken shape. Partners broadly explored the methodological implications and ramifications of ‘fostering a transition’ of RI to (co-)RRI. They also agreed on the Conceptual Framework and on a methodological framework (MISC) that would allow hubs to achieve their aim efficiently. Moreover the MISC approach has been presented at a workshop with participants from various sectors and has proven to be very effective and productive. It allows us to get feedback on the meaningfulness and innovative character of our approach. This creates a solid foundation for further work and means an important contribution towards achieving the overall goal.

Expected results and potential impacts
FoTRRIS will lower barriers to the implementation of RRI approaches and will offer a new place entirely dedicated to the achievement of RRI in the research and innovation system. The FoTRRIS CO-RRI concept will integrate RRI methods and standards, as well as good practices and lessons learnt.
Given the positive feedback FoTRRIS receives from different stakeholders concerned with grand societal challenges, FoTRRIS expected impacts remain relevant.
Experiences with the methodology indicates a) that the need for CO-RRI facilitation is important, and b) that providing a solid concept and methodological framework is experienced by many participants as an eye-opener. We therefore expect the impact of FoTRRIS on (structural change in) R&I policies and systems.
CO-RRI hubs (supported by CO-RRI knowledge arenas) will allow current R&I institutions to rapidly develop transdisciplinary innovation projects with these actors, thus entering into a transition of their own epistemology and business model.

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