Responsible Research and Innovation in Practice (RRI Practice)

  • Project team:

    Ladikas, Miltos (Project leader); Julia Hahn; Constanze Scherz; Leonhard Hennen; Pavel Kulakov

  • Funding:

    Horizon 2020, SWAFS: Supporting structural change in research organisations to promote Responsible Research and Innovation (ISSI-5-2015)

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  • Project partners:

    HIOA Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway (Coordinator); UNEXE University of Exeter Business School, UK; CEA Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives, France; UNIPD University of Padua, Italy; ARCF Applied Research and Communication Fund, Bulgaria; RUN Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands; WU Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands; CASTED Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for Development, China; RIS Research and Information System for Developing Countries, India; ASU ARBOR Arizona State University, USA; UCAMP University of Campinas, Brazil; UQ University of Queensland, Australia

  • Research group:

    Socio-Technical Futures and Policies

Project description

The main aim of RRI Practice is to analyze Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) related discourses and pathways to implementation, including barriers and drivers, research conducting and research funding organizations, in European and non-European countries, in order to identify, understand, disseminate and promote RRI implementation best practices that can be scaled up at European and global levels.

The global level of the consortium offers a unique space to explore RRI in various national settings and also to expand the network of ITAS further. The main objectives are to develop an analytic framework for analyzing organizations' operationalization of responsibility and RRI, and associated barriers and drivers, allowing for the design of well-targeted RRI objectives, measures and indicators. For this, RRI Practice will conduct 12 national case studies, containing in total 23 organizational RRI reviews and Outlooks, as well as an internal RRI report for the project.

Building on this the project team will analyze and compare barriers to and drivers for successful implementation of RRI for each of the EC RRI policy keys (Ethics, Public Engagement, Gender, Science Education, Open Access), as well as on other interpretations of RRI provided by the organizations studied.

ITAS will conduct the national German case study focusing on and partnering with the Helmholtz Association as one of the main and largest funding organizations in Germany. Further, ITAS is responsible for conducting two international workshops within the project. These will bring together representatives from research funding and conducting organizations to discuss and exchange on ways towards RRI in their specific organizational and national contexts. ITAS with its long-standing experience with policy advice can provide valuable input and support better implementation of RRI and related concepts.

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Journal Articles
Ladikas, M.; Hahn, J.; Hennen, L.; Scherz, C.
Responsibility versus sustainability, ethics, and societal engagement. The German Science, Technology, Innovation context
2020. Zeitschrift für Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis, 29 (3), 64–69. doi:10.14512/tatup.29.3.64
Book Chapters
Hahn, J.
Between global responsibility and local specifics - reflections on responsible research and innovation
2016. Responsibility and Emerging Technologies : Experiences, Education and Beyond. Ed.: D. Bowman, 141–148, AKA Verl 
Hahn, J.; Scherz, C.
Think global! Zur Herausforderung von Global Challenges
2016. 7. internationale Tagung des Netzwerks Technikfolgenabschätzung (NTA7), Bonn, 16.-18.November 2016 
Scherz, C.; Hahn, J.
New challenges of technology assessment
2016. TA/RRI in Changing Times: Challenges of Interdisciplinarity and Internationality, Karlsruhe, November 14, 2016 
Sahinol, M.; Beecroft, R.; Kosow, H.; Langen, N.; Schermesser, M.; Späth, P.; Stoppenbrinck, K.
Responsible research and innovation (RRI) - konzeptuelle Grundlagen
2015. Herbsttagung der Sektion Organisationssoziologie, TU Berlin (2015), Berlin, Germany, November 26–27, 2015 


Dr. Miltos Ladikas
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe

Tel.: +49 30 40750492