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TetRRIS Final Event

Article written by Carmela Navarro Medina – Projects and Proposals Intern

Tampere is the second largest city in Finland and the one chosen to host the TetRRIS Final Event thanks to TetRRIS project coordinator VTT – Technical Research Center of Finland ltd and EURADA as co-organisers.

The event was the optimal moment to draw conclusions among the members in relation to the project implementation.

The conference commenced with brief presentations by the hand of speakers such as Mika Nieminen, TetRRIS Project Coordinator, who shared the results giving an overview of the project along its lifetime; Silvia Abad, TetRRIS Project Officer from the Commission, that explained in deep the new ERA (European Research Area) Policy Agenda for the period 2022 – 2024; and Richard Tuffs, member of the advisory board, that addressed the new roles for smart specialisation and where Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) fits in all this.

The day moved on with a sequence of panel sessions centring attention on Twin Transition, Responsible and Sustainable Mobility, and Sustainability of Industry. During these sessions, participants were encouraged to engage in formal and informal conversations and debates that enabled them to swap knowledge. Representatives of the four pilot regions where the project it’s being developed: Tampere (FI); Karlsruhe (DE), Cantabria (ES), and Szeged-Timisoara (RO/HU) were also able to provide some outcomes of the goals achieved so far in each of the territories.

The day concluded with a team-building activity where all assistants had the opportunity to experience first-hand a Finnish sauna and the wonders of its natural setting.

The second day revolved around workshops and teamwork organised by another project member, TECNALIA - Research & Innovation.During the Policy Labs project partners and regional stakeholders had the chance to work together in the creation of policy recommendations about RRI implementation and consider ways of spreading RRI through the use of tools and best practices. Ralf Lindner, from Fraunhofer Institute, had the pleasure to give an interesting speech about Mission Oriented Innovation Policies (MOIP), emphasizing how these policies aim to address the necessity for transformative change.

The event concluded with a sightseeing tour of the Tampella neighbourhood as well as a visit to Demola’s headquarters, a centre created to help companies build bridges with future decision-makers.

To conclude, the farewell event of the TetRRIS Final Conference was the best way to put an end to a project in which a lot of effort and commitment has been poured by all its members. EURADA is delighted to have had the possibility to work with this strong consortium full of ideas to make RRI integration possible within R&I territorial governance.