RRI Tools Final Conference
Brussels, November 21st - 22nd 2016
The Final Conference of the RRI Tools project was both a celebration of three years of intensive work and an "open market" to share and exchange ideas on how research and innovation can be built further on more open and responsible foundations. This final meeting was the icing on the cake of an enormously creative and successful project. More than 250 people attended, representing a full range of R&I actors at regional, national, European and global levels. Here you will get a real feel for what they discussed and what the two days produced.

Day 1

Nov. 21st

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Jordi Portabella i Calvete

Director, Research and Knowledge Area, “la Caixa” Foundation.


Ana Arana Antelo

Head of Unit, Science With and For Society, Directorate General Research & Innovation, European Commission.

Opening lecture

Challenging responsibility: How to make RRI work in a sustainable manner

Ulrike Felt

Professor of Science and Technology Studies, Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna.

Ulrike Felt’s full lecture
Ulrike Felt’s short interview
RRI Tools: main goals and outcomes

Ignasi López Verdeguer

Director of the Department of Science, “la Caixa” Foundation. Coordinator of the RRI Tools project.


Jacqueline Broerse

Director of the Athena Institute, VU University Amsterdam.


Melanie Smallman

Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London.


Rosalia Vargas

President of Ciência Viva - Agência Nacional para a Cultura Científica e Tecnológica.

Ignasi López’s full talk
Parallel sessions I: What have we achieved so far?
A. From EU to countries to regions


This session showed examples and opened up the discussion on how RRI is being implemented at national and regional scales by ministries, R&I funding institutions, research centre managers and administrators, and all actors involved.



Case studies preceded an open discussion. Seven panellist shared their experience in embedding RRI into regional and national policies, providing inspiring insights into the current European landscape.



Steve Miller

Professor of Science Communication / Planetary Science, University College London.


Sweden’s Challenge Driven Innovation scheme

Daniel Rencrantz

Industrial Technologies and Innovation Management Division, Vinnova.


The Dutch experience

Dorette Corbey

Former Director of the Dutch Advisory Council for Science and Technology Policy (2009-2016) and former member of the European Parliament (1999-2009).


The Austrian Alliance for Responsible Science

Marie Céline Loibl

Programmleitung Sparkling Science – Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy.


The Portuguese government’s Laboratorios de Participacão Publica

Carlos Catalão

Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva.


The inclusion of RRI and open science in the research policy developed by the Region of Lombardia

Angelo Gatto

Senior Expert in innovation management at Finlombarda, the Regional Development Agency of Lombardia.


The embedding of RRI in the Catalan Health research system

Jaume Reventós

Responsable de l’Àrea d’Operacions i Relacions Institucionals, Direcció General de Recerca i Innovació en Salut, Departament de Salut, Generalitat de Catalunya.


Opportunities and support for RRI in Horizon 2020 and beyond

Aðalheiður Jónsdóttir

Coordinator of SiS.net – the international network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for Science with and for Society in Horizon 2020.

B. Opening up research


This session focused on future strategies and incentives of stakeholder engagement. It tackled diverse ways to open research, including citizen science, science shops, and open science practices.



We started by listening to preliminary results of a pan-European consultation and had a brief look at inspiring projects related to RRI, transformative and transdisciplinary research. In the following we facilitated an interactive discussion with our audience about what is urgently needed to implement or experiment with new concepts of communication, co-creation, sustainability or responsibility.



Norbert Steinhaus WilaBonn, Living Knowledge Network, Michaela Shields, WilaBonn and Valentina Amorese, Fondazione Cariplo.


François Jégou

Strategic Design Scenarios. CIMULACT project.


Aleksandra Berditchevskaia, Tekiu Ltd, and Carole Paleco, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences. DITOs project.


Eloy Rodrigues

Director of Documentation Services, University of Minho. FOSTER project.


Angela Simone

Fondazione Giannino Bassetti. RRI Tools Italian Hub and SMART-map project.


Claudia Göbel

European Citizen Science Association (ECSA).


Isabella Wedl

Fraunhofer Gesellschaft. LeNa project.


Jozefien De Marrée

Science Shop/Science Outreach Office, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. EnRRICH project.


Susana Nascimiento

JRC - Foresight and Behavioral Insights, EU Policy Lab.


Pere Puigdomènech Rosell

Centre for Research in Agronomical Genomics and member of the EC European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE).

C. All-scale innovation


How innovation actors implement responsible innovation approaches? This session provided views on how all sorts of innovation actors can work in a more open, responsible, sustainable and acceptable way.



The session started with a “PechaKucha” aimed to set the scene and give the audience an overview on some ongoing projects and programmes addressing RRI. The workshop continued with a panel hosting different innovation stakeholders: this talk moved from the all-scale concept to the all scale-up RRI one.



Chiara Davalli, Project Manager, EBN and Bernd Carsten Stahl, Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University.


“PechaKucha” session

Norma Schönherr

Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics & Business. Global Value project.


Francesco Lescai

Institut for Biomedicin, Aarhus University. SMART-Map project.


Ibo van de Poel

Delft University of Technology. PRISMA project.


Adele Wiman

Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics & Business. COMPASS project.


Panel session

Ewald Breunesse

Manager Energy Transition, Shell.


Kaat Peeters

Director at Social Innovation Factory.


Marie-Pierre Escudié

INSA Lyon - Institut Gaston Berger.


Priscilla Boiardi

Knowledge Centre Director, European Venture Philanthropy Association.


Hilary Sutcliffe

Director of Society Inside®.

Plenary session: Wrap-up of parallel sessions and closing remarks

Moderators of the parallel sessions Steve Miller, Norbert Steinhaus, Chiara Davalli and Rosina Malagrida, Deputy Coordinator of the RRI Tools Project.

European Foundation Award for Responsible Research & Innovation

Get to know the finalists and the winners of this first edition of the EFARRI award. Check its website to get more information on the awards, the winners and the whole ceremony.

Day 2

Nov. 22st

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Plenary session. Going global: International perspectives on responsibility


Melanie Smallman

Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London.



Rajesh Tandon

President of Participatory Research in Asia and co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education.


María Villaveces

Chief executive officer, Colombian Association for the Advancement of Science.


John Crowley

Chief of Section, Sector for Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO.

Rajesh Tandon’s full talk
Rajesh Tandon’s short interview
María Villaveces’ full talk
María Villaveces’ short interview
John Crowley’s full talk
John Crowley’s short interview
Parallel sessions II: Where do we want to go?
D. Inspiring and being inspired


The aim of the session was to show inspiring European examples of responsible research and innovation practices, which provide solutions to Societal Challenges and/or address Sustainability Development Goals.



The session started with an interactive theatre intervention, bringing all the conference participants together to explore the societal future of a new technology: synthetic biology. Actors played out semi-improvised scenes to show the future of potential synbio applications on stage. A facilitator took the audience to explore the opportunities and dilemmas they experienced witnessing the scenes. In the second part of the session, several speakers showcased the projects addressing the societal challenges and potential solutions.



Carlos Catalão, Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Ciência Viva, Gonçalo Praça, Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Ciência Viva and Antonina Khodzhaeva, Ecsite – European Network of Science Centres and Museums.

Interactive theatre intervention

Frank Kupper, Mark Vervuurt and Maaike Ament from Mens in de Maak.



Helena Canhão

Invited Full Professor, Nova University of Lisbon. Project Leader and Chief Medical Officer, Patient Innovation.


Sofie Vanthournout

Director, Sense about Science EU.


André Schaffrin

European Academy of Technology and Innovation Assessment. EnAHRgie project.


Sarah Dury, Dominique Verté and Nico De Witte

Director, Sense about Science EU.


Alba Ardura, University of Perpignan, and Sara Fernández, University of Oviedo. Environmental DNA project.


Silvia Moriana and Anne-Sophie Gresle

Barcelona Institute for Global Health. ¡Pasa la voz! Spread the word about Chagas disease.

E. Breaking walls, changing structures


With the aim of establishing a common ground on how to bring about responsible and open decision-making processes in R&I systems, this session presented practical cases of structural changes already developed at different European R&I institutions.



In the first part of the session, speakers briefly introduced examples of structural changes carried out in European institutions. From setting local research agendas to modifying incentive systems in R&I centres, these cases will answered to questions such as the kind of structural changes needed in R&I systems, how to implement open and responsible governance, or how to evaluate the long-term impact of those initiatives. Following, the moderators facilitated an interactive discussion among the speakers and the audience on still open questions in this field.



Ignasi López Verdeguer, Director of the Department of Science, ”la Caixa” Foundation and Sergio Villanueva Baselga, University of Barcelona.


Bernardo Rondelli and Solange Chavel

SIRIS Academic, Spain.


Melanie Peters

Director of the Rathenau Institute, Netherlands.


Lars Klüver

Director of the Danish Board of Technology, Denmark.


Ralf Lindner

Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research, Germany. JERRI project.


Fabio Feudo

Laboratory of Citizenship Sciences, Italy. STARBIOS 2 project.


Clare Viney

CEO of CRAC/Vitae.


Anne Snick

Researcher at VITO, Belgium. FOTRRIS project.


Hilary Sutcliffe

Director Society Inside®, UK.

F. Learning by doing


This session focussed on how we can incorporate the principles and practices of RRI in a responsible and open way of doing in the education of the researchers, innovators and citizens of tomorrow.



The session started with a “market place”, showcasing 11 examples of EU-funded projects tackling different approaches for the implementation of RRI in educational processes. Following, moderators facilitated an interactive discussion on phases of the R&I process and levels of participation at which different actions can intervene, involving participants and projects’ representatives.



Rosina Malagrida, Head of Living Lab for Health Research, IrsiCaixa AIDS Research Institute and Viola Pinzi, Science Projects Officer, European Schoolnet (EUN).


Mirozlaw Brzozowy

Faculty of Physic, Warsaw University of Technology. STEM4youth project.


Tuula Keinonen

School of Applied Educational Science and Teacher Education, University of Eastern Finland. MultiCO project.


Núria Saladié

University Pompeu Fabra. HEIRRI project.


Jozefien De Marrée

Science Shop/Science Outreach Office, Vrije Universiteit Brussel. EnRRICH project.


Alexandra Okada

Knowledge Media Institute at the Open University. ENGAGE project.


Evita Tasiopoulou

European Schoolnet. STEMAlliance initiative.


Laura Tamassia

UC Leuven-Limburg. Quantum Spin-off project.


Andrea Troncoso



Isabel Ruiz-Mallén, IN3-Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, and María Heras-López, ICTA-UAB. PERFORM project.


Meie van Laar

NEMO Science Museum. HYPATIA project.


Josep Carreras

Education and Public Engagement at Living Lab for Health, IrsiCaixa. Xplore Health project.


Ilse Marshalek

Zentrum for Social Innovation, NANOPINION project.

Plenary session. Facing the societal challenges of our time


Jacqueline Broerse

Director of the Athena Institute, VU University Amsterdam.



How can Open Science and responsible medical research meet the challenge of improving health?

Trish Groves

Editor-in-chief, BMJ Open and Honorary deputy editor, The British Medical Journal.


Food security - RRI in Agricultural research for development

Pascal Kosuth

Director of the Agropolis Foundation.


Responsible research and innovation in a rapidly changing and increasingly telecoupled world

Barron Joseph Orr

Professor and Geospatial Extension Specialist, University of Alicante & University of Arizona.

Trish Groves’ full talk
Trish Groves’ short interview
Pascal Kosuth’s full talk
Pascal Kosuth’s short interview
Barron Joseph Orr’s full talk
Barron Joseph Orr’s short interview
Plenary session. Participatory round table: What’s next? Looking beyond the 2020 horizon


Gerrit Rauws

Director at King Baudouin Foundation.



Sylvie Bove

CEO EIT Health - European Institute of Innovation & Technology.


Stephanie Daimer

Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research and coordinator of the EU project “Forward Visions on the European Research Area”.


Catherine Franche

Executive Director of ECSITE - European Network of Science Centres and Museums.


Katrien Maes

Chief Policy Officer of the League of European Research Universities.


Kurt Vandenberghe

Director, Policy Development and Coordination, European Commission.

Kurt Vandenberghe’s short interview
Conference conclusions and closure

Kurt Vandenberghe

Director, Policy Development and Coordination, European Commission.


Philippe Galiay

Head of Sector ‘Responsible Research and Innovation in H2020 and ERA’, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission.


Ignasi López Verdeguer

Director of the Department of Science, “la Caixa” Foundation. Coordinator of the RRI Tools project.