RES-AGORA

RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION A DISTRIBUTED ANTICIPATORY GOVERNANCE FRAME. A CONSTRUCTIVE SOCIO-NORMATIVE APPROACH

Reference: 321427

Call: FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2012-1

Theme: science in society

Scientist: Elena Pariotti

UNIPD: participant

Total cost: 3,708,885 €

Eu Funding: 3,008,406 €

Email: elena.pariotti@unipd.it

Project Description

The EU seeks to become a genuine Innovation Union in 2020 striving for excellent science, a competitive industry and a better society without compromising on sustainability goals as well as ethically acceptable and socially desirable conditions. Europe thus needs to develop a normative and comprehensive governance framework for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). This is the major goal of Res- AGorA.The Res-AGorA framework will build on existing RRI governance practices across and beyond Europe. It will be reflexive and adaptable to enable the inherent tensions in all governance of RRI to be actively addressed by procedural means aiming to facilitate constructive negotiations and deliberation between diverse actors.The project will achieve these objectives through a set of work packages providing an empirically grounded comparative analysis of a diverse set of existing RRI governance arrangements and their theoretical/conceptual underpinnings across different scientific technological areas (WP2 and WP3), a continuous monitoring of RRI trends and developments in selected countries (WP5)  and, based on the cumulative insights derived from these work packages, co-construct with stakeholders the central building blocks and procedures of an overarching future governance framework for RRI (WP4).This governance framework will deliver cognitive and normative guidance that can be applied flexibly in different contexts. Res-AGorA will thus have direct impact on RRI practices (science, industry, policy), and strategic impact in terms of the political goals (Horizon 2020) and competitiveness (Lead Market through growing acceptance of new technologies). Res-AGorA will ensure intensive stakeholder interaction and wide dissemination of its tangible and intangible outputs in order to maximise impact, including comprehensive and interactive stakeholder engagement, liaisons with other ongoing RRI activities funded by the SiS Work Programme, and a final conference. 

Partners

Coordinator: Fraunhofer Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Wissenschaften E.V.

Participants: Universtity of Twente, Danish Board of Technology, Institut für Höhere Studien, University of Manchester, Aarhus University, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallèe, Università degli Studi di Padova