Responsible Innovation (RI) helps to manage research and innovation under conditions of uncertainty. COVID-19 is the epitome of uncertainty, with dramatic consequences on health, economics and public policies.
This crisis highlighted the fragility of an economic system that does not embrace sustainable, inclusive development. Its origins are linked to unsustainable human activity. Its disproportionate effects on vulnerable groups reflect lack of inclusiveness.
Post COVID, we must learn from the crisis and ensure that RI takes a central role in how we design our economy and public policy. This is a chance to reinforce MARIE’s message (that innovation must anticipate impact and respond to unforeseeable change) at a time when it risks being swamped by short-term remediation.
Responsible Innovation can contribute to recovery centred on participation and co-creation of innovation that contributes to economic growth AND to a just transition towards sustainable development for all.
Interreg Europe funded an extra year of Additional Activities (September 2021-August 2022), to help MARIE partners to address these topics. Exchange addresses:
Partners are updating their RI Maturity Mapping, seeking to integrate the elements above. They have been working hard at regional level and with interregional input:
MARIE partners worked with the OECD to co-create a self-assessment framework to embed RRI into S3. You can read it here. It is a useful too for all European regions!
And then, you can find out about the legacy of MARIE in our partner regions, in our final video.