RESponsible research and innovation grounding practices in BIOSciences (RESBIOS)

Project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme
Grant Agreement: 872146
Duration: 36 months
Start date: 1/01/2020
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RESponsible research and innovation grounding practices in BIOSciences (RESBIOS) project aims to embed the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) approach within four research organizations, from four European countries (Croatia, Greece, Spain, Ukraine). To this aim, a set of RRI grounding actions will be developed for making the concerned research institutions more porous to the input of society. The project is focused on the bioscience sector, which is one of the crossroads in the relations between science and society and under intense processes of change, and involves 12 partners, from 11 European countries, coordinated by the University of Rome Tor Vergata

One of the key aspects of the project is the development of a learning environment on RRI and institutional change. In this regard, some of the project partners have already been implementing RRI action plans in their institutions leading to structural change. Such partners will take on the role of “mentors”. As experienced organisations they will provide advice, examples, and support to “beginner” partners. Moreover, the project will develop an international network of responsible bioscience with the aim of creating a space for synergies and learning that can last beyond the end of the project.

Within RESBIOS, besides participating in all work packages, K&I is responsible for the Co-design of the grounding actions, a process aimed at defining the detailed plans of the actions on RRI through dialogue with stakeholders. K&I has also a role in the activities for supporting institutional change as well as in mutual learning and evaluation activities.


Welcome to ResBios project

The implementation of Grounding Actions is underway

The implementation of the 15 Grounding Actions (GAs), foreseen by the RESBIOS project, began in November 2020. The GAs are implemented by 4 Research Performing Organizations (RPOs) that are engaged for the first time in RRI-oriented actions and, for this reason, referred to as “beginners”.
An intense activity during the first 8 months of the project preceded the implementation phase. It was carried out by the “beginners” with the support of K&I and it was aimed at developing the detailed design of the GAs. Many exchanges took place during this phase (both within the project and through a dialogue with the various stakeholders who, at the local level, will collaborate with the “beginners”). “Mutual learning” and mentorship activities were also launched at the end of November. They involve all the partners and are focused on the implementation of RRI in research organizations in the Biosciences. Some of the project partners who already have experience in promoting RRI will act as mentors.
Each of the 15 GAs concerns a specific RRI key. In particular, 2 are focused on Citizen Engagement, 6 on Education, 3 on Ethical issues, 2 on Gender and 2 on Open Access.
For more information, visit the RESBIOS website and, in particular, the News section .

Kick-off meeting of RESBIOS project in Rome

The first project meeting of RESBIOS was held on 23 and 24 January 2020 in Villa Mondragone (Monte Porzio Catone, Italy). The meeting was organised by the University of Rome Tor Vergata that coordinates the project, and representatives of all the project partners attended the meeting.

In its introductory speech Vittorio Colizzi, the Project Coordinator (University of Rome Tor Vergata), stressed the role of Responsible Research and Innovation as a useful tool for the governance of the ongoing processes of changes investing research organisations. The participants were also welcomed by Michele Scardi, Deputy Director of the Dept. of Biology of the University of Rome Tor Vergata. The European Commission was represented by Christopher Niehaus, the project officer of the REA, who participated from Brussels. He provided information about Project Management and Reporting of Horizon 2020 project and on the importance of dissemination activities. Moreover, in the afternoon, also Aleksandra Hebda, representative of EC Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), intervened with a presentation focused on the policy perspective of Horizon 2020, with particular regards to the importance to promote the institutional change in research organizations towards Open Science.
During the meeting, the different activities foreseen by the project have been presented and discussed and Andrea Declich, researchers of K&I, illustrated the aim, the methodology and the next steps of the co-design activity.

Organizational aspects such as the relations among beginners and expert partners, the composition of the Advisory Board, communication and dissemination strategies and a calendar of the next meetings have been discussed.