July 8-9, 2015

RRI-ICT 2015

RRI & SSH in ICT-related projects of H2020 - Getting Started! Workshop

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Check the post-event documents below to find out more about the event outputs.

RRI-ICT 2015, co-organised by European Commission’s DG Connect and the RRI-ICT Forum project, kick-started the implementation of the Responsible Research and Innovation approach, and the contribution of Social Sciences and Humanities to ICT research and innovation under H2020. It gathered the RRI-ICT community to jointly identify challenges, share knowledge and experiences, network, and build synergies around the RRI/SSH domain. For additional information about the RRI and SSH approaches, read the background note of the event.

The event – designed as interactive and participatory – gathered more than 140 participants, including RRI-SSH reference persons of ICT-related H2020 projects, representatives of RRI “enabling projects” – supported by European Commission’s DG RTD through the Science with and for Society (SWAFS) programme – and project officers from the European Commission. Access the updated RRI-ICT 2015 attendees list.

July 8, 2015 (afternoon)

13:30 Registration and welcome of participants

14:00 The RRI-ICT tag cloud

Participants to the event have been asked in advance to provide keywords to define RRI in ICT. The results have been presented in a tag cloud format.

  • Karine Valin, Managing Director, Sigma Orionis, Coordinator, RRI-ICT Forum project
  • Stephanie Morales, Project Manager, Sigma Orionis, RRI-ICT Forum project

14:10 Responsible ICT research and innovation is in our hands!

  • Nicole Dewandre, Advisor for Societal Issues to DG Connect Director General

14:40 Icebreaker – European Map

Getting to know each other through a networking exercise.

14:55 Interactive presentation of the “ICT-related RRI-SSH Ecosystem”

As the RRI-SSH ecosystem is quite complex and involves different types of participants, this session allowed all participants to have a clearer view of the basic structure of this system, their role within it and the resources they can find by interacting with others. With the participation of:

  • Philippe Galiay, Head of Sector, Science with and for Society, DG RTD
  • Bogdan-Iustin Birnbaum, Programme Assistant, Reflective Societies, DG RTD
  • Catherine Flick, Lecturer in Computing & Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, Responsible-Industry project
  • Anthony Dupont, Senior Project Manager, Sigma Orionis, RRI-ICT Forum project
  • Andreas Lymberis, Programme Officer, Components, DG Connect
  • Norbert Gretz, Head of the Medical Research Center, University of Heidelberg, MEDILIGHT project
  • Ivica Cubic, Programme Officer, Future and Emerging Technologies, DG Connect
  • Peter Pharow, Head of Business Unit Human Centered Media, Fraunhofer IDMT, GRACeFUL project
  • Sabina Guaylupo, Senior Innovation Manager and IPR Consultant, No One Left Behind project

15:40 Networking break

16:10 Shaping the substance of the RRI-SSH approach

Through a collaborative process called OPERA, participants filled in what it means and takes to enact responsible research and innovation in ICT-related areas.

18:00 Closing

  • Anthony Dupont, Senior Project Manager, Sigma Orionis, RRI-ICT Forum project

18:15 Casual networking cocktail (at participants own expense)

July 9, 2015

09:00 Opening address: Is it hard to reconcile responsibility and innovation?

  •  Robert Madelin, Director General, DG Connect

09:30 Additional insights

  • Judith Simon, IT University Copenhagen & University of Vienna
  • Rob van Kranenburg, Founder of the IoT Council,
  • Kai Rannenberg, Deutsche Telekom Chair of Mobile Business & Multilateral Security, Goethe University Frankfurt

10:30 Networking break

11:00 Designing the action plan

Well equipped with the outcome of the OPERA session and with the additional insights, participants moved into the design of an action plan to enact a responsible approach in ICT-related research & innovation.

13:00 Networking lunch

14:30 RRI-ICT Forum Collaborative Platform

  • Presentation
  • Live update of the platform by participants

15:30 Concluding remarks

Just before going back to their environments and starting enacting the action plan that they shall have shaped and endorsed, participants heard from the RRI-ICT Forum project team their accounts from the event and the next steps.

  • Ziga Turk, Professor, University of Ljubljana, RRI-ICT Forum project

16:00 Closing

  • Nicole Dewandre, Advisor for Societal Issues to DG Connect Director General

All sessions are facilitated by Sabine Finzi, Ljiljana Simic and Stephane Baillie-Gee from Diversity!

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This website is developed and maintained by Sigma Orionis, coordinator of the RRI-ICT Forum project funded by the European Union through its Horizon 2020 (H2020) programme for research and innovation. The RRI-ICT Forum project, launched on Jan. 1, 2015 for a period of 3 years, aims at curating the RRI-ICT domain in H2020, facilitating community views and agenda, and empowering other projects and the European Commission. Please visit for full details.

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