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INITIATIVES AND FIRST PILOT PROJECTS
In 2014 the platform for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) for Austria (German: Plattform Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Österreich, short: RRI-Plattform) was created. It is a competence network that collects experiences from national and international RRI projects, supports scientific exchange, promotes the RRI concept and supports RRI projects. Members are JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Institut für Höhere Studien (IHS), Zentrum für Soziale Innovation GmbH (ZSI), Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Österreichische Agentur für wissenschaftliche Integrität (OeAWI), Interuniversitäres Forschungszentrum für Technik, Arbeit und Kultur (IFZ) and Open Science.
The following first few examples of research projects were selected from the Sparkling Science research funding programme because they meet the goals of Responsible Science in many respects. Sparkling Science founded by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) in 2007 involves pupils who actively take over small parts of research projects and work on them independently. The programme has put the great importance of an ideal connection between science and science education into practice in terms of funding policy at an early stage. Even though in these projects not all key dimensions of the RRI concept of the European Commission are provided for, they can be used as examples for how we can successfully put programmatic goals – in this case an improvement of the interface schools/science – into practice while maintaining scientific quality standards. In Sparkling Science this is achieved by means of systematic incentives in the calls for applications.
Pilot Project 1
„Young Crowd“ – Safety and disaster preparedness via app
In case of disaster and crisis, communication with community members is particularly important. In this context, mobile phone apps provide new possibilities for volunteers' management in case of emergency, but also in enlisting and activating helpers or gathering information.
The aim of the project “Young Crowd” is to test such an app for its usability. Teenagers explore the safety of their environment and disaster preparedness with the help of the app and learn more about the existing resources for disaster and crisis management in their surroundings. The collected data is then used to plan further experiments and do general research about crisis preparedness.
Pilot Project 2
“A voice for all“ – Accessible survey methodology for people with mental disabilities
Data about the living situation of people with disabilities is important for political decision making processes. Moreover, it supports the concerns of the UN convention regarding the rights of people with disabilities. Such data has to rely on surveys. That is why accessibility is essential. It helps to visualise the problems of people with disabilities.
Therefore this pilot project aims at involving people with learning difficulties in the research and at creating recommendations and guidelines for an accessible survey methodology for household surveys by Statistik Austria
Pilot Project 3
“Medication on everyone's lips“ – Experiences and strategies in everyday life when taking prescribed medication
The prescription of medication is one of the most common therapeutic actions. For the correct intake of medication, different competences and knowledge are necessary, which can be subsumed under the term health literacy.
This project aims to develop counselling material to manage the use of medication in the best possible way. Therefore experiences and knowledge of affected persons taking medication on a regular basis will be gained.
Action plan of the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (BMWFW) for a competitive research area 2015 “Science and Society in Dialogue‚ Responsible Science‘“ (in German)
Document to RRI
Rome declaration on Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe:
Responsible Research and Innovation – Europe’s ability to respond to societal challenges: