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21.08.19

ProGReSS News: Spring/Summer 2014

ProGReSS: PROmoting Global REsponsible research & Social and Scientific innovation (FP7 Coordinated and Support Action CSA)

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This EU-funded project is promoting a European approach to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) through a global network. Therefore, the international ProGReSS team discusses RRI issues with stakeholders (e.g., academia, industry, policy advisors) from all over the world. Superior aim is to move RRI debates from the national or regional to the global level.

In Spring, the ProGReSS team met at the Chinese Academy for Social Sciences in Beijing for its mid-term event. It took place from 12–15 May 2014 and was hosted by the Chinese partner (Institute of World Economics and Politics). The EA ProGReSS members Stephan Lingner, Margret Engelhard and Benjamin Schrempf participated, being responsible for two work packages (WP): “Innovation for Society”(WP 2) and “Case Studies” (WP 5).

The main workshop, “Reaching all Sectors of Society with RRI”, brought together researchers and experts from around the world to discuss and share new ideas and insights into the concept of “Global Inclusive Innovation”. EA Deputy Director Stephan Lingner contributed to the panel discussion on innovation for ageing societies from the German national perspective.

Referring to his latest deliverables, Benjamin Schrempf answered questions on how RRI concepts were already included in the national research and innovation policies, while Margret Engelhard gave a talk on the diversity of RRI criteria in funding schemes, discussing different strategies to plot them in a RRI funder requirement matrix (see the country reports, deliverable 3.1).

One aim of ProGReSS is producing German research funder and innovation policy reports and providing an overview on innovation policies for all continents. As the consortium does not include partners from South America, EA Director and ProGReSS member Petra Ahrweiler visited Brazil, among others, in March 2014, building on her good contacts to an academic network on bio-economy: “One result has been a funder report on Brazil for WP 3 on ‘Innovation for Society’, investigating to what degree research funding in this country encourages RRI”, Petra Ahrweiler explains.

Being responsible for WP 5, the deliverable 5.1 “Case studies – overview of ethical acceptability and sustainability” was published by Margret Engelhard (together with D. Coles and J. Weckert) in early 2014, including input on the case studies synthetic biology, nanotechnology and ICT (Information and Communications Technology). Stephan Lingner contributed to liability questions of Ambient Assisted Living. Furthermore, both EA researchers contributed to deliverable 3.1 “Innovation for Society. Funder reports”. It summarises public and charitably funded efforts from around the world to achieve societal desirability. In addition, it maps the action points of the European Commission's RRI agenda onto the approaches of funders world-wide.