PROSO Multi-Actor Conference “Engaging Society for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI): New Options to Move Forward”

19 June 2017, Brussels, Belgium

On June 19, 2017, a broad range of stakeholders including policy makers, research management and funding organizations, science education and communication actors, RRI researchers and third sector organizations from across Europe and beyond discussed innovative ways to promote the engagement of society with research and innovation (R&I) in Europe.

PROSO’s project officer Colombe Warin set the scene and spoke on societal engagement in Horizon 2020

The PROSO team presented preliminary results on barriers to citizens and TSO engagement with R&I and possible ways (policy and practice options) to address these barriers. The participants discussed barriers and policy/practice options in small groups with varying composition. The discussions in the break-out groups were very lively and highly productive and produced a wealth of inspiring and instructive thoughts on how to lower barriers and strengthen incentives – these will be an important input into the policy and practice guide which is PROSO’s main output. The guide will offer policy-makers, research funders and third sector organizations insights and inspiration around how to promote citizen and TSO engagement in European research systems. The Conference was co-organized by the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts.

You can download the conference presentations and the conference information package here:

Colombe Warin – Societal engagement in Horizon 2020
Societal engagement under the terms of RRI
Barriers to Third Sector Organisations: TSO and other stakeholder perspectives on engagement
Barriers to citizen engagement – Results from PROSO citizen panels and expert workshop
Conference Information

The core of the conference were small group discussions on ways to lower barriers to and strengthen incentives for engagement of citizens and third sector organizations: