NewHoRRIzon – project start

By first of May, ZSI has started the NewHoRRIzon project. NewHoRRIzon sets out to promote the acceptance of RRI in Horizon 2020 and beyond. It will work out the conceptual and operational basis to fully integrate RRI into European and national research and innovation practice and funding. NewHoRRIzon will establish altogether 18 Social Labs that cover all sections of H2020. Together with a wide-ranging group of R&I stakeholders, in these Social Labs, NewHoRRIzon will co-create tailor-made pilot actions that will stimulate an increased use and acceptance of RRI across H2020 and each of its parts. These pilot actions will address a variety of R&I actors, such as academia, business, non-university research institutes, RFOs, CSOs, and the general and specific public(s) as they arise from technological controversies.
Ultimately, the pilot actions to be developed and tested in the Social Labs will contribute to R&I projects that fully recognize the significance of RRI. NewHoRRIzon will stimulate learning about how to accomplish RRI in H2020 and beyond in its Social Labs, in two cross-sectional workshops and two transdisciplinary conferences. It will conceptualize and operationalize a Society Readiness Level (SRL) for R&I that focuses on the alignment between the processes and products of R&I on the one hand, and broader societal demands and expectations on the other.

NewHoRRIzon understands RRI as a package and cross-cutting issue. It will diagnose the issue of RRI in each part of H2020 and will work towards a clear and applicable definition. NewHoRRIzon will diagnose the state of RRI at the European and national level and will take into account its global dimension. NewHoRRIzon will design, test, assess, re-adapt, and implement pilot actions – including training – to encourage the integration of RRI into R&I in specific scientific and societal fields. From that it will develop storylines and narratives of successes, but also of barriers of RRI and how to overcome these. These narratives will be widely distributed. The notion of co-creation also includes wider public engagement, which will be realized in the development of pilot actions to promote RRI. Finally, NewHoRRIzon considers the global dimension of RRI by integrating non-European R&I stakeholders into the diagnosis of the state of RRI, the development of pilot actions as well as the dissemination of the project results.
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