Programme - Event list


Translating responsible research and innovation policies into practice


While the importance of conducting research in a responsible way has long been acknowledged, the emergence of RRI as a process for governing the interplay between science and society is relatively new. The embedding of extra-scientific concerns into research and innovation assumes an ever greater societal importance. RRI provides a systemic, comprehensive and process oriented approach in this context.
RRI is increasingly embedded within EU research and innovation policies, but the real impact depends on their translation into practice. RRI requires the engagement of key actors across policy, practice and society and the promotion of collective conversations among them.

This session will bring together experts to address the following:
1) Challenges for universities at institutional level, including the EuroTech Universities’ efforts to raise awareness, and engagement among their students – the RRI practitioners of tomorrow;
2) Prospects for enhanced societal engagement, based on direct experience and expertise in public participation exercises;
3) Future directions for EU RRI related policies and programmes.

The Brussels declaration establishing ethics & principles of science policy-making: concluding high-level consultation event


By Invitation Only

Science speaks to politics, policy and power precisely because it has evidence ( This fifth and final round-table gathering of 55 thought-leaders will scrutinise the science of science policy-making. It gains its legitimacy from being independent and inclusive of all stakeholders. It closes the loop on a five-year experiment involving over 250 groups and networks worldwide. Synthesizing past efforts from four annual high-level meetings held in Brussels, this initiative stands to have considerable impact on the ways in which science advice is structured and delivered to promote integrity and accountability. Ahead of World Science Forum 2017 Jordan, this gathering of peers will codify a Brussels Declaration of Ethics & Principles of Science Policy-Making to be made public in September 2016. Our starting point for discussion is that the practice of science has been re-shaped by endogenous and exogenous forces in recent decades. Public policy-making, too, has changed in a number of ways. Also, the context of these activities is itself evolving as global factors such as new market forces, climate change, public health, ICT and sustainable development influence domestic situations. These three shifting arenas mean not only that science plays a more important role in informing policy, but that it must do so using ever more complex, contingent and contested knowledge. Claim and counter-claim of ‘evidence-based policy versus policy-biased evidence’ are hardly distinguishable. The number of stakeholders involved only grows – a good thing – while the ‘playbook’ at the boundary of science and public policy is constantly being re-written, but by who? This five-year long experiment aims to provide science and society with the most definitive playbook to-date, while calling for further study.

Organised by

Michel Kazatchkine, UN Health Envoy & Member of The Global Commission on Drug Policy

Julian Kinderlerer, University of Cape Town & Immediate Past President, European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE)

Aidan Gilligan, CEO SciCom – Making Sense of Science & Euroscience Governing Board

What is the revolutionary potential of RRI? Interdisciplinary discussion of innovative participation processes


Innovation systems are increasingly characterised by complex interactional dynamics between diverse participants and require nonlinear processes and models of knowledge production and technology development. In view of these complex dynamics, two principles are increasingly valued in the scientific community and also among practitioners: The value of public input – including gender diversity; and the need for transdisciplinary approaches that integrate conceptual and methodological perspectives drawn from two or more fields.

Both, public engagement and transdisciplinary approaches provide a revolutionary potential for R&D and require new formats for interaction and participation. The aim of this session is to initiate an exchange between researchers and practitioners of diverse fields – including also design and the social sciences. Participatory approaches from different contexts and countries will be presented in 5-10 minute-slots, followed by a workshop in which common guiding principles will be developed. Non-scientific visitors are very welcome to share their views and experiences.