Webinar Responsible Research and Innovation

Date: 29 November 2016, 15.00 - 16.30 pm CET


Length: 1.5 h


Language: English


Host: FFG - Austrian Research Promotion Agency



- ilse Marschalek, Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI)

- Dr. Ralf Lindner, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI


Moderator: Berna Windischbaur, FFG - Austrian Research Promotion Agency

Brief Description

Grand societal challenges that were identified by the European Union and addressed in Horizon 2020 Programme require better coordination among the societal actors and their engagement in the co-construction of innovative solutions, products and services.


Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) defines a comprehensive approach on how the societal actors can be brought together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align the process and its outcomes for the whole society.


There are 6 key areas of RRI defined by the European Commission:

- Civic engagement

- Gender equality

- Science education

- Open access

- Ethics

- Governance


  • As RRI is a relatively new topic for the innovation agencies in this webinar we want to provide an introduction for the RRI concept, present the objectives of the EC very briefly and then introduce the real life examples on how RRI can be integrated in funding programmes of the agencies.


    There were 2 speakers. First speaker, Ms. ilse Marschalek, introduced the Responsible Research and Innovation Toolkit, developed by the RRI tools project (funded under the Framework Programme FP7 (2007-2013)). The toolkit is a set of digital resources to advocate, train, disseminate and implement RRI under Horizon 2020 and comprises

  • - Library elements to inform on RRI and its various facets;

    - Projects on RRI and closely related fields to build upon and collaborate with;

    - Good practices to inspire and adapt to other contexts; and

    - Tools to plan, implement, evaluate, and disseminate a more socially responsible research and innovation.

  • The second speaker, Dr. Ralf Lindner, introduced the Responsibility Navigator and potential areas of its application very briefly. Then he continued with focusing on 5 principles of the Navigator that could be most relevant for funding agencies with real case studies. Dr. Lindner also mentioned briefly about the two new projects and their actions including “Industrial Dialogues” which aim to develop a new format for open and collaborative dialogues between industry and societal actors which will allow the co-design of concrete road-maps.


Presentations & Recording

The RRI concept in brief, RRI-tools toolkit - ilse Marschalek

Navigating towards Responsible Research and Innovation: Facilitating strategic reflection - Ralf Lindner


Record (webstream)