Unpacking responsible research and innovation and transformative innovation policy in multilateral research funding

Past Event
20 January 2022 15:00 (GMT)
20 January 2022 16:30 (GMT)

This session explores the relationship between two prominent concepts in research policy – responsible research and innovation (RRI) and transformative innovation. In their ambitious forms, each aims to act as a systemic social innoCecvation that creates space for funders, scientists and public groups to debate the goals of science and innovation, reflect on the dominant frames of innovation and then act on the outcomes of those deliberations, with funders playing a key coordinating role. Each has aspirations to be a participatory, collaborative, and reflexive form of innovation governance.

We will examine the relationship between these two concepts in the context of active European partnership funding programmes by collaboratively mapping the life-course of, activities in, and socio-technical trajectories associated with M.ERA-NET, a materials science programme. M.ERA-NET aims to systematically address the socio-ecological, ethical and political dimensions of the research and innovation it funds. It is developing guidelines and administrative processes in support of these goals. We will consider the possibilities and constraints of experimenting in live funding programmes and create space to share our own experiences of work in similar settings.

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Policy and governance for transformative change
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Robert Smith
Robert Smith is a senior research fellow in the department of Science, Technology & Innovation Studies, School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh. His research examines the social, political and policy dimensions of biological engineering, particularly the ways in which they are made and governed. He has projects examining the attempts of biologists to design organisms from scratch, the governance of gene drive technologies and the role of research funding organisations as a site for democratically governing science, technology and innovation.
Cecilie A. Mathiesen
Cecilie is a senior adviser at The Research Council of Norway where she works strategically with research, including all aspects of research funding. Since 2016 she has been highly active in the development and implementation of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Horizon2020/Europe (in FET/EIC Pathfinder) and ERA-NETs (in EuroNanoMed 3 and M-ERA.NET3), particularly how Research and Innovation funders can contribute to it together with scientists.
Ellen-Marie Forsberg
Ellen-Marie is Managing Director of Ostfoldforskning and has also a minor research component at the institute. She has a doctorate in applied ethics from the University of Oslo in 2007. Ellen-Marie is a former Head of Research at the Work Research Institute at Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet), Oslo, Norway, where she also built up and led the Oslo Research Group on Responsible Innovation. She coordinated the European Commission Horizon 2020 project Responsible Research and Innovation in Practice (RRI-Practice; see www.rri-practice.eu), the 7th Framework programme project EST-Frame, and other Norwegian and international projects. She has been an expert on a number of committees in Norway and internationally. Her research has mostly focused on ethics and governance of emerging technologies, responsible research and innovation, agricultural and food ethics, and research ethics.
Filippo Cuttica
Filippo is a designer, artist and researcher based in London. His work focuses on developing practices that connect life-centred design, responsible innovation and futures thinking. He is a visiting lecturer at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, LUISS Roma University, and Service Design Campus Barcelona, among others. Previously he spearheaded ethical design strategy and policy at the BBC in his role of UX Principal for Ethical Experiences and is now an independent consultant, advising clients such as Edinburgh University and the UK Health Security Agency. He’s a co-founding member of art group IOCOSE, which explores the social, cultural, political and economic implications of technology. Their work has been exhibited in institutions such as The Photographers Gallery and Venice Art Biennale, and has achieved recognition with multiple awards, including Talent Prize (2017), and Fondazione Modena Arti Visive’s Level 0 (2021).