Three currencies of research: excellence, profit and … responsibility

July 24, 2016 10:55 - 12:10 pm


European R&I activities such as FP6 and FP7 have so far been dominated by universities and companies. The currency of universities is “excellence”, measured in the form of scientific publications. The currency of companies is “profit”, in terms of filed patents. FP7 even further facilitated the focus on universities and companies by designing two vehicles specifically addressing their “currencies”: the European Research Council and the Joint Technology Initiatives.

RRI relies on the assumption that, in order to find sustainable R&I solutions for societal challenges, all societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, civil society organisations) must work together during the whole R&I process, thus introducing a third currency to the R&I landscape: “responsibility”. Against this background, the session addresses the multifaceted challenges of engaging CSOs in European research, by presenting and discussing previously unpublished findings from an analysis of the involvement of CSOs in the EU’s research framework programmes.

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