News archive - [Event Announcement] TeRRItoria final Conference (3 webinars - RRI institutional changes for improved regional governance)

The TeRRItoria  - Horizon 2020 project aims to position regions and local authorities as places for science governance, education, public engagement, ethics, and open access.

The Final TeRRItoria Webinar series aims to on the one hand put forward the experiences gained within the 3 years of TeRRItoria journey, at the same time provide some theoretical means as well as practical experiences that are useful to design institutional changes in territories to implement effective RRI principles into R&I ecosystems and governance structures at regional and local level.

There is a consensus among regional practitioners that future competitiveness will come from the double transitionsustainable and digital. This international conference brings together several experiences that have been approved by projects funded by the Horizon 2020 programme’s Science with and for Society (SwafS) calls. The international conference provides a framework for reflection on these developments and the way forward to provide an advanced legacy.

The final conference will be composed by 3 different online webinars:


  • How to engage citizens in Regional Development policies
    Tuesday 18th of January 2022, from 14:00 to 16:00 CET
  • Institutional changes for Responsible Research and Innovation
    Thursday 20th of January 2022, from 14:00 to 16:00 CET
  • The way forward
    Tuesday 25th of January 2022, from 14:00 to 16:00 CET

The webinars in detail:

How to engage citizens in regional development policies

Tuesday 18th of January 2022, from 14h00 to 16h00
There is a need to better connect democratic institutions with European citizens; is responsible research and innovation a useful approach? Could RRI improve the citizens’ engagement in regional development strategies? In some European territories, RRI has proven to be an effective mechanism to co-create research and innovation outcomes, and provide input to policy agendas. Nowadays it ensures that policy makers develop inclusive strategies, and are able to mobilise all the regional stakeholders to address societal challenges (e.g. sustainable smart specialisation strategies S4). The first session is dedicated to discuss with practical examples and relevant academics how RRI supports the participation of civil society in regional development strategies bringing mission-oriented policies towards societal challenges.

Institutional Changes for Responsible Research and Innovation

Thursday 20th of January 2022, from 14:00 to 16:00
After a decade Responsible Research and innovation is an operative concept that it is present in big programmes such Horizon Europe but as well implemented in small scale. How it is possible to develop RRI in the local or regional level? Are there particular constraints associated to the smaller scale? There are good examples of initiatives to reinforce social systems with institutionalised collective co-responsibility as a driving force for socially desirable innovation. The Science with and for Society (SwafS) programme of H2020 has supported many local implementations of RRI that will provide a legacy with institutional changes. There are European territories that have effectively design organisational innovation and institutional changes in governance that will last and that are particularly useful to generate impact. This session will discuss those results in RRI implementation that can be immediately applied at the territorial level.

The way forward

Tuesday 25th of January 2022, from 14:00 to 16:00
How will regional strategies look like after 2027? Will there be a third generation of smart specialisation strategies? It is certain that today there are European territories that are very advanced, where are they? What lessons can we learn from them?
There are broad societal challenges that can be solved with responsible research and innovation. In addition to the needs of economic recovery and the double transition (sustainable and digital), there are some layers of the European population that are actively resisting globalisation and the benefits of scientific development. More inclusive policies need to be developed. How will be these future policies?
On the other hand, despite decades of benefiting European regional development policies, there are still policies that do not support multi-level governance. Some European territories still face with over-centralised policies at national or regional level. It is desirable to establish effective mechanisms that mobilise society as a whole beyond the traditional economic actors to gather all resources possible. How we could design more effective multi-level governance policies?

More information about TeRRItoria project: 
More information about the final conference and registration to individual webinars:


Geographical focus
  • H2020
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • General

Entry created by Admin on January 12, 2022
Modified on January 17, 2022