Special issue of Euroscientist on Research Activism in Europe


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Perspective(s) on Responsible Innovation for SMEs-Conference of KARIM project: 2 October 2014, Brussels

Perspective(s) on Responsible Innovation

Set up to assist SMEs in North West Europe, KARIM has made a significant breakthrough in the innovation landscape by considering ‘responsibility’ from the perspective of those behind it – entrepreneurs and researchers.

Its new guidance book, ‘Responsible Innovation in the context of the KARIM project’, proves there is competitive advantage by innovating using new technology from universities in a way, which considers the impact of innovation on society, groups within it and the environment. Such is the evidence that the EU has invested in KARIM to encourage wider adoption of responsible innovation.

See conference-website/KARIM:
think innovative, grow responsible:Karim conference website

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Responsible innovation in South East European Countries

Insightfull report appeared on Responsible Innovation as a major outcome of the FARINN project which facilated Responsible Innovation in the south east European region.

The report is edited by :
Norbert Buzás – Miklós Lukovics
University of Szeged, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration

The report is available for free at:


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UN on many states’ ‘default’ option of mass surveillance of citizens

UN statement

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European comission statement on ‘brain project’BBC newsitem on brain project

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Open, collaborative networked science

Science is regaining something what has gone lost since the origins of modern science in the 17 th century: having science as a truley collaborative endaevor to increase our understanding of the world and addressing human mankinds greatest challenges.

Scientists frustrated by the pressure on them to publish in high-impact journals and lack of sufficient acces to data and publications, turn to “facebook for scientists” type of online fora, to share knowledge and data.

This has the potential to make science more:

-reliable (as it allows early, and better and more effective data-verification)
– efficient, as it can prevent planned, useless duplication of similar research efforts elsewhere on the globe and extend collobaration to a broader range of collaborators
-responsive to the societal demands of citizens, as science could become more transparant and open as before
-credible, as issues of scientific integrity could be better tackled in an open and transparent context.
-extensive in the incorporation of a broader range of scientific knowledge producers beyond the academic context and including, for example, citizen scientists and scientists with limited financial suport.
-facilitate globally organised mission oriented research, having scientists sharing knowledge and data prior to publication and thus advancing science at a faster pace. ( Huan genome project which included moratoria on publications was an early example).

The European Commission, not committed yet to any views on the subject matter, is about to launch a public consultation to better understand the developments what the Research Commissioner calls ” ‘Science 2.0′: the next scientific transformation”. I encourage anyone to respond to this consultation which will be available soon, in the mean time to see the Research and Innovation Commissioner’ speech at ESOF of 24 June 2014:
See:Speech at ESOF

online consultation on SCIENCE 2.O

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Three Dutch Universities start minor in ‘Responsible innovation’

Major breakthrough on RRI at the education front: see:
Newsitem on RRI minor at universities

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Exellent start of Citizen CyberScience conference in London, 20 February 2014

430 people attending and well over a 100 citizen scientist sharing their experience with an engaged audience on dozens of topics covering areas of the world where scientists normally dont come…..
The share scale of operating citizen scientist all over the world allows tackling issues at a global level.
The sole difference with “normal” science: citizen scientist feel they have a stake in the outcome.
programme and more info on:Programme and info on citzen science summit in London

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“Foresight needs to embrace a culture of embeddedness in order to be able to make a change”



USA-European Seminar : Dialogue on International research and innovation policy.

Woodrow Wilson is hosting a seminar on 25 January 2014 inviting a wide range of experts to reflect on cooperation in foresight and research and innovation cooperation between the USA and the EU.

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Entering the zone of innovation uncertainty

Paul4innovating's Innovation Views

“The future never stays the same as it is in the present”. 

Today we grapple with more uncertainty than ever before. For many of us this is the time of year when planning out the future becomes more ‘top of mind’. These are moments where we have to stop chasing the daily numbers, pushing the immediate projects that are in the pipeline and turn our attention to laying out our future plans. Sadly we often make a poor ‘stab’ at this thinking through process; we don’t get our thinking into the right mental frames.

The problem for management is anything discussing the future enters the ‘zone of uncertainty’ and this ability to often ‘read the tea leaves’ can very much determine the future health and direction of the organization. Ignore these shifts or signals and you are on the path to your own ‘destruction’.

Three Horizons Future never stays the same

Not only should we search…

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