Responsible Research & Innovation

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a transparent, interactive process by which societal actors and innovators become mutually responsive to each other with a view on the (ethical) acceptability, sustainability and societal desirability of the innovation process and its marketable products (in order to allow a proper embedding of scientific and technological advances in our society).

In an increasingly globalised world, RRI is not constrained within the boundaries of one state or a region. Consideration of responsibility has to be embedded in all research so as to cope with the future needs and goals of the world society. It has no meaning if RRI is an imperative in Europe and not in other parts of the world and vice-versa. Therefore, dedicated efforts should mainstream in order to engage stakeholders in an international cooperation for creating a common language for RRI in different parts of the world.



[1] Von Schomberg, Rene von (ed.) 2011: “Towards Responsible Research and Innovation in the Information and Communication Technologies and Security Technologies Fields”, Luxembourg: Publication Office of the European Union, ISBN 978-92-79-20404-3