Abriendo el imperativo de evaluación de la innovación y la investigación novedosa, "No hacer daño significativo"

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20 enero 2022 15:00 (GMT)
20 enero 2022 16:30 (GMT)

As part of aligning with the European Green Deal, a new evaluation criterion has been selectively included in the European Innovation Council and Pillar II programming of Horizon Europe. The criterion of “do no significant harm” (DNSH) references six long-term environmental goals, drawn from European Commission the EU regulation to establish a framework for sustainable investment (EU) 2020/852). Harm is proscribed as related to negative impacts on: Climate change mitigation, Climate change adaptation, Sustainable use and protection of water and marine resources, Circular economy, Pollution prevention and control, Protection and restoration of biodiversity and ecosystems.

Integration of this DNSH principle represents a novel and bold step for European innovation governance considerate of sustainability concerns. However, at present, guidance on how researchers would implement an accounting of harm, how reviewers might evaluate significance, how funders might determine acceptable or unacceptable harms across a portfolio projects, and many other questions remain open.

Our aim in this initiative is to create a space to open dialogue among researchers and research funders on what it means to operationalize the “do no significant harm” principle into research and innovation policies.

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Michael J. Bernstein
Michael J. Bernstein is a scientist at the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and Assistant Research Professor at Arizona State University. He applies descriptive and participatory social science research methods to align research and innovation with long-term societal interests, like sustainability. Michael currently focuses on ethical assessment of new and emerging technologies for the EC-funded TechEthos project. In addition, he is developing foresight and strategic planning tools to support business innovation for social value (The Global KAITEKI Center, Arizona State University). From 2017-2019 he served as a work-package leader of an EC-funded project to assess and advance responsible research and innovation across European R&I funding (NewHoRRIzon). He has supported transdisciplinary urban sustainability (GLOCULL); staffed a participatory Technology Assessment (pTA) to inform U.S. Department of Energy decision-making about siting nuclear waste (ECAST); and evaluated science policy STEM education programs (SOtL). Michael has experience collaborating with formal and informal science and engineering educators, researchers, policy makers, businesses, and civil society organizations at local, national, and international levels. He has contributed to policy and evaluation initiatives on climate preparedness, resilience, and adaptation for the U.S. White House Council on Environmental Quality and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Robert Smith
Robert Smith es investigador sénior en el departamento de Estudios de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación de la Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Políticas de la Universidad de Edimburgo. Su investigación examina las dimensiones sociales, políticas y políticas de la ingeniería biológica, en particular las formas en que se hacen y gobiernan. Tiene proyectos que examinan los intentos de los biólogos de diseñar organismos desde cero, la gobernanza de las tecnologías de impulsores genéticos y el papel de las organizaciones de financiación de la investigación como sitio para gobernar democráticamente la ciencia, la tecnología y la innovación.
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