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INITIATIVES AND FIRST PROJECT EXAMPLES
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, 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.
Example Project 1
„Who cares“ – Scenarios of a future-oriented care culture
“Who will care for whom in the future? – this is a question which concerns all of us. In view of the demographical changes an increase in the demand for care is expected. At the same time the resources for care work are rather diminishing.
In the project youngsters therefore analyse for example how and under which conditions care work will succeed, who is involved in it and which networks are helpful. Within the framework of the additional Citizen Science component citizens are invited to communicate their “care and nursing stories” in writing so that “typical” stories and structures can be made visible.
Example Project 2
“Development of an instrument for surveying and reflexion of the
media competence and the media habits at schools“
Media habits as part of the overall habits are highly relevant for the chances in life of young people. Knowing them and being able to deal with them can contribute essentially to an improvement of the personal development chances of these people. In the project a test is developed by 13- to 15-year-old pupils of New Secondary Schools. As the youngsters are participating in the development of the test a distortion of the test results due to complicated wording can be avoided. By means of this test the pupils can assess and reflect their own media competence. Together with the teachers involved they also develop examples for the application of the test in class.
Example Project 3
“RRI BlindBits“ – Fulfilment of the RRI criteria
The European Commission has specified six dimensions of RRI. The implementation in practice, however, is still unclear. The project module “RRI-BlindBits“ tackles exactly this problem. In a first step the Sparkling Science basic project “Blindbits“ – in which blind youngsters together with researchers develop a software for the creation of orientation training games – is analysed together with pupils concerning these six RRI dimensions. In a second step the results are used to create an RRI statement regarding the basic project.
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: