Res-AGorA: A Governance framework for Responsible Research and Innovation

July 18, 2013

Science, research and innovation are integral elements of modern societies, and these societies increasingly expect them to address the key challenges of the future – such as health and wellbeing, sustainability, or climate change, whilst also being the driver for jobs and growth in many areas. But running alongside is a concern about the risks and uncertainties, which often accompany innovations. The goal of the Res-AGorA project is to develop a governance framework for responsible research and innovation (RRI) constructed from the practices of state of the art research and innovation in emerging technologies.

The project contains of three core empirical elements, jointly contributing to the future RRI governance framework: A series of case studies examining in depth existing RRI governance across technological domains, a systematic country monitoring disseminated through a web portal, and a number of co-constructive workshops bringing together key stakeholders. The involvement of experienced actors in the field will ensure that conceptual ideas can be challenged and that practical knowledge and diverse views will be taken into account.

Through this co-constructive approach the Res-Agora project will build a robust framework acknowledging different values and world views while actively supporting the participation of stakeholders and the general public in constructive engagement in problem solving at macro and micro levels. The work of Res-AGorA will inform research and innovation policy in Europe and contribute to the EU Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. Visit our website and learn more about how we work to achieve this ambitious goal.

Res-AGorA consists of 8 European partners from universities and offices for science and technology, and coordinated by Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, the largest organisation for applied research in Europe. The project is financed by the EU and runs over a three-year period starting February 2013.

The partners: The Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI, Universiteit Twente, Universita degli studi di Padova, The Danish Board of Technology Foundation, Institut für höhere Studien und wissenschaftliche Forschung, The University of Manchester, Université de Marne La Vallee and Aarhus University.