Europe is strengthening its efforts to achieve responsible and sustainable modes of research and innovation. Responsible research and innovation, or RRI, requires researchers, citizens, policymakers, businesses and third sector organisations to work closely together. It involves the aligning of research and innovation with societal values, needs and expectations. The EU-funded TRANSFORM project is putting RRI principles into practice. It brings together three European regions – Lombardy (Italy), Brussels-Capital (Belgium) and Catalonia (Spain) – to design, test and disseminate three sound co-creation methodological frameworks (participatory research agenda setting, design for social innovation and citizen science) within their Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3). The three implementing regions will engage in mutual learning within and beyond Europe, pairing with a co-design initiative in Boston (USA). The objective is to establish more open, transparent and democratic R&I ecosystems for more responsible territorial development.
Regional governments involved in TRANSFORM will reflect on, experiment with, learn from and adopt RRI approaches to their R&I policies and actions. Concrete examples of inclusive and sustainable territorial development will be attained, thus providing a set of reliable Policy Recommendations to transforming regional R&I ecosystems towards RRI. TRANSFORM will also be integrated into Strategic Roadmaps for the implementation of RRI within S3, addressed to S3 key players, for maximum benefit across all S3 Thematic Platforms.
The general objective of the WP1 is to ensure a well-planned and cost-effective management of the project, both from a financial and administrative point of view, as well as in terms of coordination of the consortium and the activities carried out by all partners. It ensures smooth collaboration of all partners, coordination of project’s activities, risk and quality control and management and building synergies with other projects and relevant communities.
WP2: Framework definition, oversight and shared learning
WP2 covers the mapping of the current territorial R&I ecosystem based on existing data, with the addition of RRI indicators. Regional clusters reflect on their place within the larger societal, geographical, economic and environmental framework while planning cluster activities. WP2 also facilitates shared learning, enabling clusters to share and learn from each other experiences through mutual learning workshops combined with key local cluster activities, as well as by joining a co-created deliberative Forum in Boston within the CC-PES project (NSF, USA). In addition, WP2 coordinates cooperation with TRANSFORM Advisory Board and Regional Think Tanks throughout all project phases.
WP3 coordinates the activities of the Lombardy Region cluster:
WP4 coordinates activities carried out within the Catalonia Region cluster:
WP6 includes communication and dissemination activities which are thoroughly aligned with the multi-level engagement strategies deployed from WP2 to WP5, with the common objective of achieving the implementation of RRI components within regional R&I ecosystems through the adoption of best practices in participatory research agenda setting multi-stakeholder engagement, design thinking for social innovation and citizen science, while disseminating project results and influencing policies beyond the regional governments involved in the consortium and the duration of the project.
The objective of WP7 is to monitor, evaluate and document project activities and actions, including;
The objective is to ensure compliance with the ‘ethics, data protection and open science requirements’ set out in
this work package.