TeRRItoria final conference

RRI institutional changes for improved regional governance

European territories have certain tested experiences of advanced governance models to share. Responsible research and innovation (RRI) principles increased the citizen engagement on policies and is helping to design advanced economic development strategies. With the co-creation of policies with citizens, the governance of regions is becoming more complex and at the same time more effective and inclusive.

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 TeRRItoria final event series will have the following webinars:

  1. How to engage citizens in regional development policies, Tuesday 18th January 2022 from 14:00 to 16:00 CET
  2. Institutional changes for Responsible Research and Innovation, Thursday 20th January 2022 from 14:00 to 16:00 CET
  3. The way forward, Tuesday 25th January 2022 from 14:00 to 16:00 CET

How to engage citizens in regional development policies

Tuesday 18th of January 2022, from 14h00 to 16h00. 

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).

In this view, the first online event is dedicated to discuss with relevant academics, practitioners etc. through practical examples how RRI supports the participation of civil society in regional development strategies bringing mission-oriented policies towards societal challenges

Speakers of the event:

  • Esteban PELAYO. Director of EURADA
  • Francesco AMODEO. DG Regio
  • Angela SIMONE, Fondazione Giannino Bassetti. TRANSFORM project
  • Gorka SÁNCHEZ. Health Service oft he Region of Murcia. CHERRIES project
  • Tine RAVN. Aarhus University
  • Thomas BERKER. Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU
  • Agatha FILIMON. ADR NordEst

Institutional Changes for Responsible Research and Innovation 

Thursday 20th of January 2022, from 14h00 to 16h00.

After a decade Responsible Research and Innovation is an operational concept that it is present in EU framework programmes for research and innovation but as well implemented in small scale. How it is possible to develop RRI in the local or regional level?

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 designed organisational innovation and institutional changes in governance that will last and that are particularly useful to generate impact.

This online event will discuss the results in RRI implementation that have been  applied at the territorial level.

Speakers of the event:

  • George ELEFTHERAKIS. SEERC
  • Zoya DAMIANOVA. ARC Fund
  • Daniele Mezzana. Knowledge & Innovation (K&I)
  • Desislava KOLEVA. Gabrovo Municipality
  • Kristian MANCINONE. ART-ER
  • Kallitsa PANTAZI. Region of Central Macedonia (RCM)
  • Marianne HÖRLESBERGER. AIT Austrian Institute of Technology. DigiTeRRI project
  • Manuel PARIS. GAIN. RRI2SCALE Project

The way forward

Tuesday 25th of January 2022, from 14:00 to 16:00

How will regional strategies look like in the near future and after 2027? Will there be a third generation of smart specialisation strategies? How will regional strategies be developed to respond to the double challenge of digital transormation and climate change?

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 is a need to adress phenomena like mistrust of science and widepread missinformation in the form of “fake news” as well as the anxiety that technologies like AI may create. More inclusive policies need to be developed. How will  future policies look like? 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?

Agenda of the event:

  • Introduction to the session by the moderator Mr. Nikos Zaharis, SEERC
  • Keynote speech: Dr. Mikel Landabaso, and Dr. Dimitris Pontikakis EC JRC
  • Q&A
  • Keynote speech: Prof. Philip McCann, The University of Sheffield
    Q&A
  • Panellist intervention: Dr. Ingeborg Meijer, Leiden University
  • Panellist intervention: Dr. Nhien Nguyen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Q&A and discussion
  • Closing of the event: main take-aways Mr. Nikos Zaharis, SEERC
  • Closing of the TeRRItoria project: Dr. Ildiko Ipolyi, ESF 
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