PROSO

PROmoting SOcietal Engagement under the terms of RRI

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) receives increasing significance as the European Union’s approach to good governance in research and innovation. The EU project PROSO deals with the question how to implement and foster societal engagement in research and innovation.

RRI seeks to align the processes and outcomes of research and innovation with the values, needs and expectations of the European society. Therefore the engagement of all societal actors including civil society organizations (CSOs) and citizens is an important element of RRI. However, there is a lack of clarity about what societal engagement actually requires, and to what extent it should be pursued. The main objective of PROSO is to foster the early engagement and cooperation of CSOs and citizens under the terms of RRI in research and innovation systems in Europe.

How to foster societal engagement in research and innovation?


With a view to RRI, what requirements do societal engagement events have to meet? How to organise engagement processes in order to successfully include a broad variety of perspectives and worldviews? And how to integrate stakeholders’ and citizens’ views and recommendations in ongoing research and innovation processes? With identifying incentives, barriers and hurdles for societal engagement in research funding, research and innovation, PROSO aims to find more effective ways to involve third-sector actors and citizens. The empirical analysis takes into account three domains of research and innovation: nanotechnology, food and health, and bio-economy.

PROSO’s analysis of barriers and hurdles for societal engagement is carried out in several steps:


  • Interviews with representatives of civil society organizations and science policy institutions to reveal their perspectives on and their role in engagement processes in research and innovation

  • Citizen panels in five European countries (dealing with the issues of nanotechnology, food and health, and bio-economy) to jointly identify motivations, incentives and barriers for public engagement

  • Expert workshops and one European stakeholder conference to discuss the outcomes of the PROSO’s analysis and to further develop a policy and practice guide for advancing the use of participatory approaches in research and innovation processes in Europe

PROSO’s key insights will be condensed in a policy and practice guide, which will include:


  • An overview of the barriers and incentives for engaging with third sector organizations and citizens in different research and innovation contexts

  • Best case examples of societal engagement for RRI

  • Policy and governance options for encouraging societal engagement for RRI

PROSO is carried out within a European-wide consortium comprised of four research organizations, a research-oriented civil society organisation, two strategy consulting firms, and a European industry association. An advisory panel guides the consortium in research and policy related issues.

Publications

Publications

  • Fuchs, D., Bauer, A., & Bogner, A. (2018). Kann verantwortungsvolle Beteiligung gelingen?. TATuP – Technikfolgenabschätzung in Theorie und Praxis. Retrieved from http://www.tatup.de/index.php/tatup/article/view/154/215
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2018). Engagement? Yes, if we are heard! ITA dossier no. 32en (March 2018; Authors: Anja Bauer, Daniela Fuchs, Alexander Bogner). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-032en
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2018). Mitreden? Ja, wenn wir auch gehört werden! ITA-Dossier Nr. 32 (März 2018; AutorInnen: Anja Bauer, Daniela Fuchs, Alexander Bogner). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-032
  • Dreyer, M., Kosow, H., & Bauer, A. (2017). Deliverable D5.1: Conference Information Package. PROSO – Promoting Societal Engagement under the terms of RRI. University of Surrey. doi:/10.1553/ita-pb
  • Chonkova, B. et al. (2017). Deliverable D4.2: National Reports – Citizen Panels. PROSO – Promoting Societal Engagement under the terms of RRI. University of Surrey. doi:/10.1553/ita-pb
  • Porth, E., Peacock, M., Timotijević, L., Fuchs, D., Hofmaier, C., & Morrison, M. (2017). Deliverable D 3.3: Synthesis report specifying similarities and differences in stakeholder/actor perspectives. PROSO – Promoting Societal Engagement under the terms of RRI (Contributors: Monique Raats, Anja Bauer, Alexander Bogner) (p. 72). University of Surrey. doi:/10.1553/ita-pb
  • Porth, E., Timotijević, L., Fuchs, D., & Hofmaier, C. (2017). Deliverable D3.2: Three reports on barriers and incentives for societal engagement under RRI, one for each R&I domain. PROSO – Promoting Societal Engagement under the terms of RRI (Contributors: Monique Raats, Anja Bauer, Alexander Bogner) (p. 106). University of Surrey. doi:/10.1553/ita-pb
  • Bayer, T. (2017). 'Mitreden? Nur, wenn wir auch gehört werden.'. Ita-Newsfeed. Retrieved from http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/projekte/news/mitreden-nur-wenn-wir-auch-gehoert-werden/
  • Bayer, T. (2017). PROSO BürgerInnen Forum – Ergebnispräsentation; 11.2., Wien. Wien: ITA. Retrieved from https://vimeo.com/210441905
  • Timotijević, L., Porth, E. F., & Raats, M. (2016). Deliverable D3.1: Protocol desk research barriers & incentives. PROSO – Promoting Societal Engagement under the terms of RRI (Contributors: Anja Bauer, Daniela Fuchs, Christian Hofmaier, Mark Morrison) (p. 40). University of Surrey. doi:/10.1553/ita-pb
  • Bauer, A., Bogner, A., & Fuchs, D. (2016). Report on the expert workshop “Contemporary experiences with societal engagement under the terms of RRI“, Deliverable D2.1 for the EU-project PROSO - Promoting Societal Engagement under the terms of RRI (p. 24). Vienna. doi:/10.1553/ita-pb
  • Bauer, A., Bogner, A., & Fuchs, D. (2016). Societal engagement under the terms of RRI, Deliverable D2.2 for the EU-project PROSO - Promoting Societal Engagement under the terms of RRI (p. 66). Vienna. doi:/10.1553/ita-pb
  • Kosow, H., Dreyer, M., Bauer, A., & Chonkova, B. (2016). Methodology Citizen Panels, Deliverable D4.1 for the EU-project PROSO - Promoting Societal Engagement under the terms of RRI. Vienna. doi:/10.1553/ita-pb
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Conference Papers/Speeches

Conference Papers/Speeches

  • 18/09/2018 , Klagenfurt
    Alexander Bogner,  Daniela Fuchs,  Anja Bauer: 
    If you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail: Technology bias in invited participation on emerging technologies
    2nd STS Austria Conference – Innovation and Societal Transformation: Science, Democracy, and Sustainable Futures
  • 28/08/2018 , Deursen-Dennenburg
    Daniela Fuchs: 
    Engaging critical voices under RRI – Opening up STI governance?
    WTMC Summer School
  • 17/11/2016 , Bonn
    Alexander Bogner: 
    Partizipation als große Herausforderung: Neue Formen der Öffentlichkeitsbeteiligung im Kontext von 'Responsible Research and Innovation'
    NTA7 – 7. internationale Tagung des Netzwerks Technikfolgenabschätzung
  • 13/10/2016 , Bergen
    Alexander Bogner,  Daniela Fuchs,  Anja Bauer: 
    A better way of engaging? How Responsible Research and Innovation redefines participation in science and technology
    S.Net Conference: The Co-Production of Emerging Bodies, Politics and Technologies
  • 13/10/2016 , Bergen
    Alexander Bogner,  Anja Bauer: 
    Let’s (not) talk about synthetic biology: The framing of an emerging technology
    S.Net Conference
  • 13/10/2016 , Bergen
    Alexander Bogner,  Anja Bauer: 
    Early engagement for RRI in synthetic biology: Experiences from SYNENERGENE
    S.Net Conference
  • 01/09/2016 , Barcelona
    Alexander Bogner,  Daniela Fuchs,  Anja Bauer: 
    Old wine in new bottles? Societal Engagement under the terms of RRI
    4S/EASST Conference
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