RRI workshop

  • Would you like to improve your chances of winning EU funded research project? 
  • Would you like to increase impact factor of your research?
  • Would you like to have a say in development of responsible research and innovation strategy (RIS) in Slovakia?


If at least one answer is “yes” then join us at the workshop focused on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and its impact on research capacities.

STIR method (Socio-Technical Integration Research) is method of research implementation, which connects technical experts with humanists in order to leverage maximal societal and business potential – i.e. implement Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Projects considering RRI principles have significantly higher chances to succeed in evaluation process.

Specialists on the STIR method from 8 countries will share with you their knowledge about creating strategies for Responsible Research and Innovation – RRI.


Where? – Slovakia, Košice, Hotel Hilton
When? – 23.2.2017, 14:00
Why? – to understand concept of RRI for implementation in research for increasing its impact.



14:00 – 14:05 Welcome speech from organizator
14:05 – 14:15 Role of RRI in Košice region
(Ťapák P., Košice Self-governing region, Slovakia)
14:15 – 14:45 STIR method – how to make your research responsible
(Lukovics M., First Hungarian Responsible Innovation Association, Hungary)
14:45 – 15:15 What is RRI? How project D-STIR can help?
(Tiganus L., South-east regional development agency, Romania)
15:15 – 15:45 Coffee Break
15:45 – 16:30 Round table – implementation of RRI in Slovakia – challenges and expectations
(Haranta M., Cassovia Life Sciences, Slovakia)
16:30 – 17:00 Networking drink and farewell


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About RRI

Since RRI has become a cross-cutting expectation of the EU innovation policy, the potential social, environmental and ethical implications (the fields of RRI) should be taken into account to manage a successful EU co-funded project. RRI helps to predict and consider the non-immediate effects of the research on the society and the environment to promote sustainability

Incorporating RRI aspects is definitely increasing the quality of a project proposal, and according to our experience, those project proposals are preferred during the selection process in which the implementation pays attention to RRI aspects, too.

The Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission determined to bridge the gap between the scientific community and society at large. In the European Union, RRI has emerged on the formal agenda in 2011, and the Commission has defined the 6 keys “for, with and by society”, namely public engagement, science education, governance, open access, ethics and gender equality. In 2016-2017, RRI is cutting across Horizon 2020 Working Programmes, too.


In the interpretation of the European Commission, RRI is an inclusive approach to research and innovation (R&I), to ensure that societal actors work together during the whole research and innovation process. It aims to better align both the process and the outcomes of R&I, with the values, needs and expectations of European society. Generally, RRI implies anticipating and assessing potential implications and societal expectations with regard to research and innovation. In practice, RRI consists of designing and implementing R&I policy that will:

  • helps identifying the non-immediate effects of the research on the society and the environment in order to ensure sustainability
  • engage society more broadly in its research and innovation activities,
  • increase access to scientific results,
  • ensure gender equality, in both the research process and research content,
  • take into account the ethical dimension, and
  • promote formal and informal science education.

According to the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2016 – 2017 (p. 14.): “Horizon 2020 funded activities will support the relationships between science and society through the promotion of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as a cross-cutting issue as well as through Part 16 of the Work Programme, ‘Science with and for society’. This includes actions aimed at increasing public awareness, improving the scientific knowledge base, and encouraging formal and informal science education.”.