5- 6 May

Vienna, Austria 

REvaluation 2021 – Anticipation – Transition – Resilience

In the last couple of years, European science and innovation systems have been challenged by at least two major developments. First, R&I funding is increasingly designed with a view to supporting societal missions or system transformations. Second, COVID-19 has demonstrated the importance of resilience of science and innovation systems and has questioned hitherto long held views of openness and division of labour in the development of knowledge and innovation.  

This year’s edition of European’s largest R&I policy evaluation conference will respond to those challenges. While primarily asking for conceptual and methodological advances in the field of R&I policy evaluation in its broadest sense, a strong focus this year will be to share and discuss conceptual approaches and experiences to assess and measure the relevance and effectiveness of new R&I policy responses which aim to contribute to transformation and resilience. This is especially important – and challenging – as such R&I policies are mostly still at experimental stage.

There is thus great uncertainty about which R&I interventions will work how and which rebound effects they may trigger. A clear instrumental toolbox is currently not in sight. These developments also challenge the field of evaluation: new policy questions require new evaluative approaches, new methods and new indicators, for which data are often very difficult to collect.

Evaluative conversations: translating between diverse stakeholders in regional RRI projects 

The University of Bergen, the lead partner of the work package on Monitoring and Evaluation within TRANSFORM, has contributed to the abstract prepared jointly by SwafS-14 projects on territorial RRI – issues, tensions and lessons learned in monitoring and evaluation practices of nine H2020 projects. Presented by Tjitske Holtrop and Anestis Amanatidis of CWTS Leiden, the talk “Evaluative conversations: translating between diverse stakeholders in regional RRI projects”  will take place on 5 May from 10:30 to 12:00 within the session on Regional Innovation.  

The REvaluation 2021 Conference is jointly organised by Fraunhofer ISI, IFRIS and the Austrian Platform for Research and Technology Policy Evaluation.



TeRRItoria final conference: RRI institutional changes for improved regional governance 

The TeRRItoria’s final conference took the form of a webinar series that took place on 18, 20 and 25 January 2022. The webinar series aimed to put forward the experiences gained within the 3 years of TeRRItoria journey, and at the same time shared some theoretical means as well as practical experiences that are useful to design institutional changes in territories to implement effective RRI principles into R&I ecosystems and governance structures at regional and local level.

The three thematic sessions

  • How to engage citizens in regional development policies
  • Institutional changes for Responsible Research and Innovation
  • The way forward

provided the opportunity to hear from experts in their respective fields, representatives from the pilot projects, and stakeholders with first-hand experiences in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and regional governance.


TRANSFORM at TeRRItoria’s final webinars 

On 18 January, TRANSFORM participated in a session on How to engage citizens in regional development policies.

Angela Simone (Giannino Bassetti Foundation), TRANSFORM Project Coordinator, presented project activities, experiences and lessons learned from the implementation of co-design, co-creation and citizen science in regional R&I governance and in working with quadruple helix stakeholders to create more open, transparent and inclusive regional R&I ecosystems.


For almost three years, GRACE project partners have worked towards implementing fundamental institutional change in 6 research performing and funding organisations. With an intense mutual learning programme and a co-creation environment, six expert partners have supported six other partners in developing a set of specific RRI-orientated Grounding Actions in their organisation. These actions have provided a basis for developing tailored 8-year RRI Roadmaps within these institutions to ensure their sustainability and full implementation over the long-term.

From 26 October to 14 December, GRACE project organised eight thematic webinars to share their findings and address different topics related to GRACE, inviting internal and external experts. 


TRANSFORM at GRACE final webinars 

TRANSFORM partners took part in the webinar series sharing their work, knowledge and lessons learned. Missed it? Do not worry, recordings of the GRACE webinar sessions are now available. 

Making the case for public engagement  

Marzia Mazzonetto, BE participation I Brussels-Capital regional cluster 

Marzia Mazzonetto (BE participation), Brussels-Capital cluster leader and coordinator of shared learning activities, presented TRANSFORM’s experience in the Brussels-Capital region and their citizen engagement activities in critical innovations in circular economy during the second webinar on ‘Making the case for public engagement’, which took place on 2 November from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. Marzia Mazzonetto, co-founder of BE participation and StickyDot, together with Laurène Cheilan (Bristol University and co-founder of CultureInstable) and Dr Maud Radstake (Utrecht University) discussed how value is created and demonstrated at different levels of actors involved to make a strong case for public engagement. 


Rosa Arias, Science for Change I Catalonial regional cluster 

On 16 November, Rosa Arias (Science for Change) took part in the fourth GRACE webinar on Public Engagement: The research funders’ perspective. Rosa, a CEO and Founder of Science for Change, presented their work and the activities of TRANSFORM’s Catalan regional cluster, which experiments with citizen science in two pilot projects on municipal waste management and care for people suffering from endometriosis. Through its activities, Science for Change aims to bring science closer to society and inform public policies. Together with Cédric Verstraete from  Innoviris and Jean-Paul Bertemes from the Luxembourg National Research Fund (FNR)the webinar explored the perspective of research funders on public engagement, touching both on their responsibilities and initiatives in this area, and the expectations they have of the applicants and the research they fund.

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