Co-creation and RRI: How to build the link – Two SISCODE workshops to be held in October

In the frame of the exploring co-creation links to RRI and the involvement of policy makers, SISCODE project is organizing two online workshops during the upcoming month of October. The workshops are designed and lead by APRE, with the support of EnoLL, the SISCODE Living Labs and H2020 HubIT project.

The first, Co-creation as a method to bring RRI in the project -Knowledge exchange about project best practices will be held on 7 October at 14.30 and will explore how co-creation could be a way to operationalize RRI. European Commission views RRI as a framework that can be used to address grand societal challenges through the engagement of societal actors (researchers, citizens, policymakers, business, third sector organisations and others) in the co-construction of research and innovation, and to better align this process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of the European society. RRI is an umbrella term that incorporates a number of key dimensions, such as gender, open access, science education, public engagement, governance and ethics. Co-creation as a method to operationalize RRI Co-creation actions might help conveying RRI pillars and principles operationalizing different RRI dimensions. Co-creation can help us applying the principles of anticipation, reflexivity, adaptation, reactivity, transparency, inclusion and openness of RRI as a real implementation of the RRI approach considering ethics, inclusion of diversity, openness of science, governance changes.

The main objective of the workshop is to explore the meaning of integrating and conveying RRI into projects, reflecting on how co-creation can help integrating RRI aspects in research questions / projects, using co-creation as a leverage/catalyst for RRI integration. The outcome of the workshop will result in a “recipe” of key characteristics for successful implementation of co-creation in projects, collected from the experiences of the participants. The impact of the workshop will conclude in how RRI and co-creation shall be conceived as founding aspects of projects design and development activities. The experience of two of the SISCODE Co-Creation Labs will be showcased as a basis for the discussion that will be centered on how project coordinators tackled co-creation actions in their projects. During the group discussion, key characteristics for successful implementation of co-creation will be investigated with the participation of European Commission Policy and Project Officers.

The second, The Ethical and Social Implications of Using Smart Information Systems (SIS) – Artificial Intelligence and Big Data, will be held on 27 October at 14.30  will explore the gaps and challenges in integrating co-creation and RRI within a high-tech topic. The RRI policy/approach under Horizon Europe requires a methodological change, envisaging mainstreaming it in all research and innovation domains. This will be pretty challenging especially for the emerging technologies areas, still far from the implementation and usually centred on hard sciences.

Coordinators both of hard science / scientific and tech areas projects and of Swafs projects focused on RRI, will work together with Policy officers of the European Commission and the ENoLL Action Oriented Task Force to self-assess topics under the RRI point of view, understanding RRI requirements and posing meaningful questions on the barriers to implementation. The aim is to better address and formulate RRI requests and reflections within proposals, including RRI into their research approach in a systematic way (how writing; how integrating).

The workshop is co-organised with  Hub.it, whose direct objective is to build a Hub that will activate and improve constructive and co-creative interactions between SSH and ICT disciplines in developing and implementing a shared vision of inclusive ICT research and innovation.

For any additional info on the SISCODE workshops  siscode@apre.it

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