An unfinished journey? Reflections on a decade of responsible research and innovation

Richard Owen, René von Schomberg and Phil Macnaghten

We reflect on a decade of Responsible Research and Innovation
(RRI) as a discourse emerging from the European Commission
(EC) 10 years ago. We discuss the foundations for RRI, its
emergence during the Seventh Framework programme and its
subsequent evolution during Horizon 2020. We discuss how an
original vision for RRI became framed around five so-called ‘keys’:
gender, open access, science communication, ethics and public
engagement. We consider the prospects for RRI within the
context of the EC’s Open Science agenda and Horizon Europe
programme, before closing with some reflections on the
contribution RRI has made to debates concerning the relationship
between science, innovation and society over the last decade.


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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