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tetRRIS takes 4 regions/territories, their policymakers and stakeholders, on a journey through pilot experiments in Responsible Research and Innovation and Smart Specialisation.

For TetRRIS, four pilot regions: Tampere (FI); Karlsruhe (DE), Cantabria (ES), Szeged-Timisoara (RO/HU) have been selected and are central to the scientific research and associated policy recommendations seeking to address societal challenges at the local level.

In a nutshell, as theoretically the pilot regions are the space where R&I activities produce actual innovation, the project will support its pilot regions to make RRI integration possible within R&I territorial governance (Smart Specialisation). Overall, this approach aiming to ready regions for RRI integration in their TRISs (Territorial research and innovation system), will be replicable and replicated to actors wider than the project regions through awareness raising and policy recommendations.”

Contact person in EURADA: Nora Scantamburlo

Project Partners

TetRRIS is encompassed by 9 partners from 6 European countries – Finland, Spain, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Belgium.

The project’s partners are highly inter- and transdisciplinary, building on long lasting experiences in RRI, territorial innovation and Smart Specialisation (theory, practice, and policy). Coordinated by VTT, the consortium brings together both policy in-the-field expertise and scientific expertise from academia and research communities.

Identify, develope and replicate

Tampere, Karlsruhe, Cantabria, and Szeged-Timisoara are the central focus and these are the pilot regions/territories  through which the projects experiments will be channeled. tetRRIS will marry RRI with S3 in the pilot regions with its activities centred on the project’s pilot regions will go through several stages: identifying and scoping; framing and orchestration; co-design, deployment and continuation; policy messages and scientific insights.



Critical to the understanding of RRI within the pilot regions is the first phase where a mapping of regional R&I actors and societal stakeholders who are seeking a resolution to issues affecting R&I at a local/territorial level (TRIS).



Ensuring engagement and participation within the project will be at the heart of Phase 2 when project partners will prepare the project’s research activities. This phase will put exploration as a central modus operandi. Exploration will reach far from initial tetRRIS actors to and their relations with grand challenges to territorial and government actors. Phase 2 will also make clear what RRI level is present within the existing systems and potential territorial connections. An exploration of TRIS societal constituencies with uncommon perspectives will also be pursued. As a result, the project will have framed and orchestrated the issues at stake for the territorial pilot regions with a view to making concrete plans for activities in phase 3.



At the very center of the tetRRIS sits phase 3 where pilot actions will be enacted and their future impact and sustainability planned. Phase 3 is structured by activities within the co-design category and the deployment category. Pilot regions will will first co-design the activities that will be undertaken in their territories involving actors from their region with the guidance and support of the research partners. Following the co-design intervention, the pilots will expand and take in a wider group of actors that can widen the activities related to RRI issues. Territorial pilot protocols and ethical protocols will be the main outcomes from this phase. These distinct, separate protocols will be used to further facilitate the activities’ longevity in regional policy processes beyond the lifetime of the project.



While Phase 3 focused on the concrete activities required to integrate RRI with S3 within the pilot regions/territories, Phase 4 will focus on extracting the learnings of the project to enable replications and continuation. With the aim of making the projects’ learnings accessible, tetRRIS will develop guidelines and policy briefs while making active contribution the academic discussion related to RRI and RIS3.

Contact person in EURADA: Valerie Ziegler