SAVE THE DATE: FoTRRIS Final Conference

Strengthening the impact of Responsible R&I in the light of grand challenges

 27 March 2018
La Tricoterie – 158 rue Théodore Verhaegenstraat – 1060 Brussels



According to various reports, in a business-as-usual scenario the current socioeconomic system will reach tipping points in terms of climate, biodiversity and materials by 2030. Since this highly disruptive era is the result of human economic-industrial activity, it is also in our power to change course, if only we choose to. The SDG’s show the political will to redefine ‘development’ more sustainably, allowing the global community to thrive within planetary boundaries.

This leads to the conclusion that tackling the grand challenges – the aim of Responsible R&I – requires developing more functional socio-economic models for addressing the needs of the global society within the carrying capacity of the Earth. 

If the economic function is ‘to allocate (renewable) resources to the wellbeing of all’, the current socioeconomic system is not functional: it uses people and planet for its own growth. R&I too is mostly seen as a driver for economic growth and competitiveness. Since four types of factors – financial, social, technical and political – are deeply entangled in the way our societies function, redesigning the socio-economic model requires an innovative, systemic and transdisciplinary approach to R&I. This creates a need for intermediary structures, reconnecting established knowledge institutions with the broader society for the cocreation of local answers to global challenges.

The FoTRRIS project has developed and tested such an intermediary structure: the CO-RRI competence cell.

This was prototyped in five regional case studies on various challenges, including renewable energy, refugees, local economy, sustainable food and material scarcity. The outcomes were discussed in outreach workshops with experts at regional and national levels, and followed by a back-casting exercise at EU-level resulting in policy recommendations.

The conference will present the lessons learnt and will share methods and tools on how to implement competence cells in other regions.

Join us and find out:

  • How to support the emergence of positive change at the local level
  • How to engage local stakeholders in transdisciplinary processes
  • How to set up a Co-RRI Competence Cell and more….

Draft program

  • Presentation of the FoTRRIS concept of ‘RRI with and for society’ (Co-RRI);
  • Reflections on the FoTRRIS approach by EU experts;
  • Prototyping of the Co-RRI competence cells;
  • Know –how on what policies are needed for fostering the uptake of Co-RRI;
  • Materials for establishing new Co-RRI competence cells;
  • Presentation of the FoTRRIS online platform.

A more detailed programme and registration form will be available soon.

We hope to meet you there !