Global Prospects and Perspectives on Responsible Research and Innovation

Joint our session at the 4S/EASST virtual conference on Tuesday 18 August 2020, 3pm (Central European Time) (full programme: )

Download Powerpoint on Institutional Change for RRI here:


Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) reflects an innovation paradigm that acknowledges that market innovations do not automatically deliver on sociallly desirable objectives, and requires a broad governance of knowledge coalitions of governmental bodies and industrial and societal actors to address market deficits. The STS community has adopted responsible research and innovation as an important subject matter and have helped to bridge policy makers, practioners of technology assessment, ethicists and economists to work together to advance both theory and practice of responsible innovation as demonstrated by the numerous nationally and internationally funded research and innovation actions in this field
The session will take stock of the global prospects and perspectives on responsible research and innovation in China, Japan, Europe and the United States. It will explore and discuss both specific local challenges and challenges at the global and regional levels. Responsible Innovation will be understood as a new paradigm for innovation which requires institutional changes in the research and innovation system and the public governance of the economy. It also requires the institutionalisation of an ethics of co-responsibility as well as the introduction of new standards and certification processes for products


J. Britt Holbrook, New Jersey Institute of Technology

Individual Presentations:

Institutional Change for Responsible Innovation, Rene von Schomberg

How would a theory of de facto responsible innovation account for pluralitiess in global perspectives? Sally Randles, Manchester Metropolitan University

Responsible Research and Innovation and the classical view of responsibility of scientists: Prospects and Perspectives of RRI in Japan-Yuko Fujigaki University of Tokyo

Towards a paradigm shift in the Innovation Discourse: the epistemic, political and conceptual challenge of Responsible Innovation- Lucien von Schomberg, Wageningen University

RRI in quadruple Helix: how to practices co-responsibility in China’s STI system- Mia Liao, Changsha University of Science and Technology

About Rene von Schomberg

Dr. Dr.phil. RENE VON SCHOMBERG is a philosopher and a STS specialist. He is currently Guest Professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He holds Ph.D's from the University of Twente (NL) (Science and Technology Studies) and J.W.Goethe University in Frankfurt (Philosophy). He has been a European Union Fellow at George Mason University, USA in 2007 and has been with the European Commission since 1998, where he is now leading a team on Open Science. He is author/co-editor of 14 books, and establishing a global resource on Responsible Innovation. In july 2019, the 'International Handbook on Responsible Innovation. A global rescource' was published. The book brings together the work of 60 leading authors from all over the world. He is running a blog:
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