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The RRI Tools final conference: some highlights

The RRI Tools final conference took place on November 21st and 22nd 2016 in Brussels.

An agora designed to friendly share and analyse how research and innovation can be further built upon more open and responsible foundations, this event gathered over 250 participants. Nearly 80 speakers shared their views with the public on the future of openness of research and innovation and the social impact of science.

On Monday 21st, the sessions reviewed the main goals and outcomes of the RRI Tools project, taking stock of what we have achieved so far. On Tuesday 22nd, the sessions aimed at opening the perspectives on Responsible Research and Innovation in the other parts of the world, and in the future, beyond the 2020 horizon. You can browse here through the full programme of the conference.

Relive some of the highlights of the RRI Tools final conference with this Storify feed. Watch also the photo album of the final conference and download the much-praised RRI Tools booklet for a practical tour of Responsible Research and Innovation.

During the RRI Tools final event EBN hosted the "All-Scale Innovation" parallel session aimed at providing views on how all sorts of innovation actors can work in a more open, responsible, sustainable and acceptable way. 

To set the scene and give an overview on ongoing projects and programmes addressing RRI (with a special focus on the private sector), the workshop was opened by a PechaKucha session involving Global Value, SmartMapPRISMA and COMPASS projects.

The workshop continued with a panel discussion involving De Montfort University, EVPA, Shell, Social Innovation Fabriek, INSA Lyon Institute Berger and Society Inside. 

The debate focussed on how to make RRI meaningful for companies, particularly for SMEs. We discussed the competitive advantages the RRI approach can bring to companies (relationship with the stakeholders, organizational changes, collaboration with research actors, openess, inclusion and anticipation, etc.) and how to apply the huge amount of information, tools, best practices collected by the RRI Tools project into SMEs' daily activities.

All panelists agreed that tools are important, but processes are key. Therefore the role of the new generation of RRI projects (such as PRISMA, COMPASS and SmartMap) is to help SMEs defining roadmaps to embedd the Responsible Innovation approach in their organisations, in their processes, in their products and services.

EBN is part of the COMPASS project. Building on the successful experience of RRI Tools, we are now ready to work on the field, supporting SMEs in the Bio-Medicine, Cyber Security and Nanotech sectors innovating in a more responsible way and catching a set of new opportunities (www.innovation-compass.eu | @innocompass)

Published on 16-12-2016 00:00 by Chiara Davalli. 2829 page views

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