Call for papers: 2nd European TA conference in Berlin

Call for Papers: The Future of Responsible Research and Innovation – Drivers, Barriers, Contradictions, Timelines, Crossroads, Scenarios

This session on the future of RRI will reflect the international state of debate and research on RRI with the focus on analysing drivers of and barriers to RRI and to analyse contradictions, timelines, crossroads, and scenarios related to future developments of RRI.

As science and technology become more central to economic development, the question of future-oriented governance of science and technology gets raised repeatedly. A decade ago, the question addressed how to maximize the contribution of science and technology to economic innovation with the intention of enhancing competitiveness. Today, the question also includes how to use research and innovation to tackle grand societal challenges and to contribute to (environmental) sustainability. The concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a central discourse to address these new questions and demands. Technology Assessment, Foresight/ Forward Looking Activities (FLA) are established interdisciplinary approaches to support society and policy making by analysing, debating and shaping technoscientific issues related to the challenges and by assessing available options for governing them. Today’s concepts of RRI are based on these approaches but aim at implementing RRI in a much broader context. TA and Foresight experts and scholars are examining research fields and emerging technologies that are crucial for the future of RRI. Starting from these studies we will analyse drivers, barriers, contradictions, timelines, crossroads, and scenarios related to RRI.

We invite contributions focusing on case studies and policy related projects casino online as well as conceptual approaches and methodological questions towards the future of RRI.

The 2 hour session will be organized in two parts: First come 4 Pecha Kucha presentations followed by an interactive World Cafe.
The session invites papers to be presented as Pecha Kucha Presentations (Pecha Kucha: a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each), keeping presentations concise and fast-paced. The presentations deal with one or more of the following issues:

• What are the different futures of RRI from various perspectives?
• What are the drivers and barriers of developing and implementing RRI?
• What are the contradictions that are crucial for the further development of the concept as well as for the implementation of RRI?
• Examining the timelines, crossroads, and scenarios of future RRI

In the second part of the session, we invite scholars also to think of RRI in more comprehensive ways: in terms of processes and politics which need to be opened up to allow ‘responsible research and innovation’ to extend beyond a programmatic buzz word. The format of the second part will be a world café on the future of RRI.

Further information: Please send your abstract directly to Petra Schaper-Rinkel, Susanne Giesecke and Peter Biegelbauer