Why territorial RRI

Territoria will contribute to the building of territorial RRI. In turn, this matching and fusing together of the governance of research and innovation strategies  with the multiple keys of societally-conscious and sensitive considerations for science, will help ensure that societal expectations of science match regional governance realities.

Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3s) were introduced by the European Union’s Cohesion Policy for the enhancement of decision-making and stakeholder involvement in innovation policies at both regional and national level. In this framework, the use of RRI keys and approach might be very relevant in the processes of priority-setting, decision-making and investments as well as the implementation phase in the field of innovation and research, which all imply a multi-stakeholder approach.

In the context of growing scepticism towards science, its use and authority diminishing, S3s offer a space in which questions of society can be applied to questions of science.