GREiA RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PLAN (RRI PLAN)
Over the last decades many efforts have tried to reduce the distance between science and society, leading to a European-wide approach in Horizon 2020 called Responsible Research and Innovation. RRI seeks to bring issues related to research and innovation into the open, to anticipate their consequences, and to involve society in discussing how science and technology can help create the kind of world and society we want for generations to come.
A normative framework for RRI includes eight normative policy keys/agendas:
- Ethics: focuses on
(1) research integrity: the prevention of unacceptable research and research practices;
(2) science and society: the ethical acceptability of scientific and technological developments.
- Gender Equality: is about promoting gender balanced teams, ensuring gender balance in decision-making bodies, and considering always the gender dimension in R&I to improve the quality and social relevance of the results.
- Governance: arrangements that lead to acceptable and desirable futures have to
(1) be robust and adaptable to the unpredictable development of R&I (de facto governance);
(2) be familiar enough to align with existing practices in R&I;
(3) share responsibility and accountability among all actors;
(4) provide governance instruments to actually foster this shared responsibility.
- Open Access: addresses issues of accessibility to and ownership of scientific information. Free and earlier access to scientific work might improve the quality of scientific research and facilitate fast innovation, constructive collaborations among peers, and productive dialogue with civil society.
- Public Engagement: fosters R&I processes that are collaborative and multi actor: all societal actors work together during the whole process in order to align its outcomes to the values, needs and expectations of society.
- Science Education: focuses on
(1) enhancing the current education process to better equip citizens with the necessary knowledge and skills so they can participate in R&I debates;
(2) increasing the number of researchers (promote scientific vocations).
- Sustainability: encompasses both responsibility and energy research considerations
(1) Sustainability through inclusive and sustainable growth challenge is considered as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,
(2) Sustainable development and climate changein terms of clean, reliable, and affordable (sustainable) energy, linked critically for achieving inclusive, low-emissions growth and development.
- Social justice: can be defined as
(1) “an ideal condition in which all individual citizens have equal rights, equality of opportunity, and equal access to social resources” related with poverty prevention, access to education, labour market inclusion, social cohesion and non- discrimination, health and intergenerational justice (OECD, 2011),
(2) in the context of the role of science and technology in promoting social justice in terms of Relationship between the researchers and the research subjects and Participation of social groups in benefits arising from research.
GREiA research group is focused in excellence beyond standards in terms of research and innovation and subscribes the idea of excellence attached to analytical and social relevance with particular attention to improve the ways that different aspects of science and technological change are governed. RRI have potential as a transformative, critical and radical concept, to make research and innovation more efficient to solve global social problems helping to develop a more socially-dimensioned research environment.
Transcending beyond RRI dimensions and attributes, implement Responsibility and Open innovation approaches in renewable energy research and applications and to be able to monitoring this implementation is also a great motivation, due to the fact that, although RRI has become an overarching trend, there is a lack of frameworks for assessing the interaction of dimensions and structural barriersin research groups regarding practical applications and researcher’s awareness is also reported.
Due to the international partnership of GREiA group, the participation in research projects and the specific levels of governance, our aim is also to transcend from local to global and use RRI dimensions for vertebrate partnerships and future research towards more socially outcomes. GREiA RRI aims to develop and implement an RRI Plan to promote institutional change and foster the uptake of the RRI approach by researchers and participants.
At disciplinary level, the recognition of the interdisciplinarity and cross-cutting nature of the field of energy and its applications is also the motivation to start the implementation of RRI in a research institution (research centres, universities and the research departments as well as in industry partnerships) by the implementation around one research area, to set common strategies and tools giving answer to common working methods, problems andapproaches as well as reinforce the culture of responsibility within research group.
Therefore, our RRI Plan will allow us to manage research and innovation to be more efficient to solve social problems regarding with energy research trough the integration of eight key aspects of RRI in research for arrange structural changes in our research organization as well as vertebrate partnerships towards more socially outcomes and encourage awareness in researches.
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The GREiA Research Group at University of Lleida works on the fields
of Thermal energy storage, building energy efficiency, artificial intelligence
and energy usage optimization.