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In the new period, smart specialisation strategies (S3) should focus on addressing the challenges that matter to society in a responsible way, this is integrating the four dimensions of RRI: anticipation, reflexivity, inclusion and responsiveness.

Smart specialisation S3

In this context, S3 face two main challenges:

  1. The transformative challenge, which is strong related to the question about how R&I contribute to more sustainable and inclusive development pathways.
  2. The stakeholders engagement challenge, which can be reformulated as the challenge of moving from collective awareness about societal challenges (like climate change) towards collective action to address these challenges.

In order to tackle these two challenges, S3 need:

  • to increase the focus on experimentation
  • to articulate structured discovery processes engaging multiple stakeholders and combining top-down and bottom-up approaches, encouraging them towards transformative collective action
  • to develop new kind of indicators and monitoring tools focused on collaborative networks and transformative outcomes, with approaches that help us to understand how we are contributing to accelerate transition towards more sustainable and inclusive pathways, this is transitions towards the SDGs.
  • to find new methodologies and ways to articulate transformative collective action, and for that we have been experimenting and developing our RRI transformative shared agendas, which can also be defined as ecosystem-based missions.

In Catalonia, the TRANSFORM and the SeeRRI EU projects have provided spaces for experimentation and debate with quadruple stakeholders about how to integrate RRI into S3. A relevant finding is that citizen science is a powerful tool to co-design public policies that are more effective in addressing the challenges that matter to society, engaging citizens in policy-making and public services co-design and monitoring processes. 

Tatiana Fernández
Head of Economic Promotion, Generalitat de Catalunya

Generalitat de Catalunya


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Pilot 2. Endometriosis in the first person: participatory research on experiences, assessments and needs of people with endometriosis

This is the second pilot project defined by the Catalan cluster, in collaboration with Sant Pau Hospital and the Catalan Agency for Health Quality and Evaluation (AQuAS). It consists of involving women suffering from endometriosis in participatory research to learn more about their experiences and their assessments and needs in relation to health services for the care of the disease. The aim is to jointly draw up a report with recommendations to inform the new Endometriosis Care Model in Catalonia, which is currently under review.

The first phase of the pilot involved 24 women from Catalonia who had been diagnosed with endometriosis. From April to July, in 4 sessions, these women have shared first-hand accounts in a structured way on different aspects of their experience with the disease and their needs in relation to the health system. In the last session, they participated in the writing of a first draft of the recommendations report.


The next phase consists of analysing the information gathered and drafting the final report with recommendations, a phase in which women will also play a leading role, together with and on equal footing with the experts of the Catalan cluster.

At the end of the pilot, a public presentation of the results will be organised, inviting all the actors in the territory involved in endometriosis care services at different levels. 

Catalonia cluster - health pilot


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Pilot 1. Citizen science for the co-design and implementation of an “interactive waste game” that contributes to improving the selective collection of municipal waste.

This is the first pilot project defined by the Catalan cluster, in collaboration with the municipality of Mollet del Vallès and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. It consists of the co-design of a digital waste game that will be used as a citizen science tool to collect information on preferences and barriers to the implementation of innovative waste management systems such as door-to-door collection and smart containers. The results of the pilot will inform Mollet’s territorial specialisation project towards Zero Waste and the municipality’s waste management plan. 

In the first phase of the pilot project,  10-13 citizens from Mollet took part in two participatory sessions. The involved citizens represented different profiles in terms of age, gender and social class. These exercises served, on one hand, to raise awareness about the topic, and on the other, to  co-design the hypothetical scenarios (pros and cons of the different innovative systems) that will form the basis of the game.

Catalonia cluster Waste pilot


The results of the two sessions are now being used to create guidelines on the requirements for the development of the digital waste game.

In the coming weeks, the development of the waste game will begin, followed by a testing and implementation phase in February in several local schools. The introduction of the game in classrooms will be accompanied by supporting materials. Afterward, students will further distribute the game to their families, friends and close social environment.

Through the obtained data, the town hall, together with the other actors, hope to get a clearer picture of what citizens want in terms of the local waste management system.

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