The main objective of this conference is to present the results obtained during the project's three-year duration and share the outcomes achieved by the pilot regions, as well as to think about the future path to follow to foster RRI in Europe. The event will also consist of the third and final Policy Lab. This event aims to gather experts and stakeholders from all over Europe to explore and discuss the potential of responsible research and innovation (RRI) in shaping regional innovation policies.
Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is an approach that aims to align research and innovation activities with societal values, needs, and expectations. It emphasizes the importance of engaging stakeholders throughout the research process and considering ethical, social, and environmental implications of the research outcomes. As we move towards a more sustainable future, there is a growing recognition that research and innovation must play a critical role in achieving sustainability goals. This requires a shift from the traditional S3 (Smart Specialisation Strategy) approach, which focuses on economic growth and competitiveness, to a more holistic S4 (Sustainability) approach that considers environmental and social sustainability as key components of innovation policy. This transition involves rethinking the innovation process to ensure that it addresses sustainability challenges and creates solutions that contribute to a more sustainable future.
Throughout the TetRRIS project, all partners and stakeholders have contributed to a better implementation of the application of these concepts in the four regions that make up our project: Szeged-Timisoara, Karlsruhe, Cantabria and Tampere. Thus, this last conference will serve its attendees to learn about the results obtained during the three years of the project in the application of these concepts in the real field, and to set the path to follow in the upcoming years.
This hybrid event, which offers both online and in-person attendance, will host keynote speakers and practitioners who will showcase their visions and understanding of RRI in different regional innovation systems. We will also analyse the possibilities of RRI for transforming the Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) into more sustainable and inclusive policies.
On the first day of the conference, we will have a morning session with a welcome note from the project coordinators as well as an overview of the main results and learnings of the project, with interventions from the European Commission Project Officers and members of the project Advisory Board. After a coffee, we will then host several panel discussions on Twin Transition, Responsible and Sustainable Mobility, and Sustainability of Industry.
The second day will be dedicated to the last session of the project’s Policy Lab where activities among peers will be led by TECNALIA, interspersed by another panel session on Mission-driven Innovation Policy in Europe. Field visits have also been organised to allow participants to really get in touch with the realities of Tampere, make new contacts and find food for thought for the future.
Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn more about RRI and its potential impact on regional innovation policies. Register now to secure your spot at this exciting event.