Responsible research and innovation (RRI)

 Responsible research and innovation (RRI) is a multi-actor approach that implies the public engagement of societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, NGOs, business, etc.) which work together over the whole R&I innovation process. The main objective is to promote the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation. At the same time, this approach would guarantee that R&I outcomes line up with the values, needs and expectations of society.

In practice, RRI enables easier access to scientific results, the take up of gender and ethics in the R&I process, and formal and informal science education.

In recent years the concept has been used broadly, as a method to verify whether the processes and outputs are acceptable and socially desirable.

RRI Tools, a three-year project (2014-2016) funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Program (FP7), has produced a quick guide explaining what responsible research and innovation really means and why it is so important for modern society

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Europe and the cybersecurity fostered by the Horizon 2020 calls.

 Cybersecurity and digital technologies are two sides of the same coin. They have become the backbone of the developed economies and sources of new market opportunities. Finance, health, energy and transport, each economic sector has to deal with digital transformation to keep up running in an increasingly competitive market. Old and new business models are now based on the seamless high rate access to the internet and on the effectiveness of ICT systems.

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