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Workshop: Responsibility in research and innovation (R&I)
Responsibility in research and innovation (R&I) is an essential requirement driving the European R&I agenda since 2010. Either through the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), open science initiative, or increased socio-ethical reflection, the aim of increased involvement of stakeholders affected by R&I processes is one of the driving forces behind this unmet need. Such involvement of diverse groups with their particular interests incorporates substantial challenges; mainly: • How can different societal groups be included in sustainability research and innovation? • How can researchers, innovators and policy-makers collaborate effectively? What collaboration tools are available? • How can resistance to socio-technological innovations for sustainability be eased? In the context of sustainability-oriented R&I and the transition to the circular economy, responsibility in R&I provides multiple tools to overcome barriers to change, enhance interdisciplinary collaboration, and implement socio-ethical values with environmental concerns. Dialogue In this workshop, we will explore the opportunities that the concept of responsibility in R&I offers to deliver impactful and inclusive solutions for sustainability. We will explore the challenges of open science and the value trade-offs that researchers, innovators, and policy-makers face when engaging in responsible R&I endeavours. The aim is to facilitate and enhance transdisciplinary discussions of groups with a diversity of stakeholders. Training During the workshop, we will engage in hands on training, taking advantage of the presence of different disciplines and stakeholders participating at the ERSCP conference. The aim is to further develop the skills that favour inter-organizational, interdisciplinary collaboration for R&I. By sharing these experiences, the participants will learn from the presented techniques, their benefits and limitations, for enhancing R&I collaborations. Research outcomes Simultaneously, our team will collect anonymized data that will inform the advancement of further research in cross-disciplinary R&I discussions and the effectiveness of various training approaches in diverse discourses. The output of this workshop will not only increase the awareness of the multitude of discursive methods in cross-disciplinary R&I collaborations but will also collect valuable insights for future research relevant to the collaboration between private and public actors for responsible R&I.