Every day we are faced with numerous challenges such as climate change, unbalanced consumption of natural resources, the health of the population and migrations, research and innovation influence all of these challenges and their contribution to overcoming them is crucial. In order to encourage and strengthen research and innovation which are able to respond to society’s challenges in a sustainable and ethical manner, the European Commission is increasingly emphasising the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The objective of the RRI Tools project is to provide methods for greater public involvement in the process of research and innovation, as well as better coordination between the different groups of stakeholders (science, research and education communities, policy makers, civil society organisations and businesses). After the analysis of the current European research practice, defining the RRI criteria and researching the needs of all stakeholders, a final product in shape of a toolkit for the implementation of this concept was designed – RRI Toolkit. RRI Toolkit represents an Internet platform with an abundance of resources – examples of good practice, guides, manuals, catalogues, databases, results and documents from numerous European and even global projects. The goal of this platform is to assist all stakeholders in the realisation of the Responsible Research and Innovation idea. In the last phase of the project, during 2016, training courses, workshops, debates and other activities aimed at the promotion of the Responsible Research and Innovation concept and education of all stakeholders on how to use the RRI Toolkit in practice, will be organised across Europe.
The Role of CPN
The Centre for the Promotion of Science is the regional centre of this project and coordinator of all activities organised in five countries of the South-eastern Europe – Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia. During 2016, in Serbia and other countries in the region, CPN together with its local partners and public institutions organised and implemented numerous training courses, workshops, panels, and presentations dedicated to the principles of the Responsible Research and Innovation and possibilities of using the RRI Toolkit.