Building Self-Sustaining Research and Innovation Ecosystems in Europe through
Responsible Research and Innovation
The SeeRRI project
SeeRRI is a joint project of 12 partner organizations from five countries, financed by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 programme. In SeeRRI we are developing a framework for integrating the principles of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) into regional Smart Specialisation policy. In a nutshell, we want to find a new way for all actors to collaborate in research and innovation activities based on a responsible mindset. While doing so, we are also implementing the principles of RRI in our own organizations.
SeeRRI framework is built based on 3 pilot territories, and also involves a Network of Affiliated
Territories (NAT) for comments and feedbacks.
In October 2019, SeeRRI project was presented at the workshop “Science for Citizens: how science meets regions and cities”, which showcase new ways of co-creation with multi-stakeholders in the process of developing Regional Research and Innovation strategies. SeeRRI, a project funded by the European Commission, focuses on establishing responsible research and innovation ecosystems by integrating Smart Specialisation Strategy and RRI.
There are significant complementarities between the vision of a learning organization and currently influential notions of responsible innovation (Hansen et al., 2020). In fact some of the core qualities that characterize the learning organization according to Senge (1990) – such as openness, reflection, a shared vision, and an emphasis on collective inquiry – are qualities that directly define responsible innovation according to some interpretations of that concept, except that to qualify as a responsible innovator an organization must extend the scope of those qualities beyond its own boundaries to include other stakeholders in society in the innovation process.
How can organizations become responsible innovators? We show how a “learning organization” is better able to practice RRI. Our findings suggest that practicing RRI may give companies a competitive advantage.
Facts in brief
Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)
The INNAXIS Foundation and Research Institute (INX)
WeDo | Project intelligence made easy (WeDo)
Research and Innovation Management GmbH (RIM)
University of Haifa (UH)
University of Bologna (UNIBO)
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
Ecoplus Niederösterreichs Wirtschftsagentur (ECOPLUS)
Nordland County (NCC)
NHO Nordland (NHO)
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement nº 824588.