RESponsible research and innovation grounding practices in BIOSciencies

Rolling out RRI in the field of biosciences

Responsible research and innovation (RRI) implies that researchers, citizens, policymakers, businesses, third-sector organisations and other societal actors work together during the whole research and innovation process. The aim is to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society. The EU-funded RESBIOS project embeds RRI practices in the field of biosciences – a sector at the crossroads between science and society – in four European countries. To achieve sustainable institutional changes in the various organisations, the project implements RRI-oriented grounding actions (GAs). These aim to involve stakeholders in co-designing experiments, connect societal actors in the territory and inside research organisations and develop permanent spaces of integration with society.

RESBIOS aims to deeply embedding RRI practices within 4 RPOs in the field of Biosciences from 4 European countries, through the implementation of RRI Grounding Actions (GAs), to achieve sustainable institutional changes in the various institutions, related to RRI keys, according the MoRRI indicators and Sustainable Development Goals. The project is focused on the biosciences sector which is one of the crossroads in the relations between science and society. The project will set a mutual learning environment including the four partners implementing GAs (“RRI beginners”), some “RRI mentors” having already participated in a EU project about RRI in biosciences, partners experienced in Evaluation and Technical assistance, an international scientific Advisory Board, representatives of other EU projects, and representatives of Quadruple Helix actors. The GAs will be structured in three strands, respectively aimed at: developing a self reflection on the change needs in the organisation and dialoguing with the potentially involved stakeholders for co-designing the experiments (co-reflexive strand); implementing the GAs in connection with societal actors in the territory and inside the research organisations (pro-active strand); developing permanent spaces of integration with society, implementing a set of institutional change inside the research organisation and reframing its governance settings (Institutional strand). An adequate management system, support to implementation and mutual learning, evaluation, communication and dissemination activities will ensure smooth project implementation. RESBIOS is composed of 9 WPs: WP1 Ethics Requirements; WP2 Co-design of GAs; WP3 GAs on Education; WP4 GAs on Open Access and Ethics; WP5 GAs on Citizens engagement and Gender equality; WP6 Supporting Institutional Change; WP7 Mutual Learning and Evaluation; WP8 Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation; WP9 Management. The project involves 12 partners from 11 European countries.

What is in it for the Western Balkans?

The podcasts developed by the project partner EUSEA / Chris Styles called “RRI explained” (on RRI, open science, citizen science, gender equality, ethics, etc) has already produced more than 10 episodes/interviews which are very targeted introductions in particular relevant for those that work in the biosciences.
Grant agreement ID: 872146


Project type
  • H2020
Country of the coordinating institution
Geographical focus
  • General/no specific focus
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • General
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
January 2020 - December 2022

Entry created by Elke Dall on June 8, 2022
Modified on June 8, 2022