The seminar took place on 10th December 2019, and was attended by 100+ regional innovation stakeholders, especially from academia.

It was promoted in the framework of the collaboration between one of the MARIE partners, GAIN, and one of the regional stakeholders in the Project, FEUGA (organisation aimed to foster knowledge and technology transfer from Academia to the Industry).

The event focused on promoting RRI and research about it. Attention was paid to the possibilities offered by EC programmes, especially to the Horizon 2020 Science with and from Society (SWAFS) last call, as this programme is fundamental to face European Social Challenges, as it permits the development of capabilities and innovative ways to connect science and society in different manners.

Attendants were also reminded that the new framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon Europe (2021-2027), will start soon and will provide with new opportunities to keep RRI advancing.

The introduction to RRI and the MARIE Project was conducted by representatives of GAIN and another of MARIE’s regional stakeholders, University of Coruña. In addition to the Project, they presented the most relevant findings of MARIE regarding RRI in Galicia, and explained how the current regional innovation trends could benefit from the reinforcement and introduction of RRI dimensions.

The presentations related to the Horizon 2020 SWAFS calls were mainly conducted by the Spanish National Contact Point (NCP) for that topic, who explained and discussed about all the details in the current calls and anticipated the relevance of RRI in the next programming period. Her presentations were complemented by a representative of the University of Oviedo (Spain), who provided attendants with more practical elements based on her experience as evaluator of SWAFS projects.

After these plenary sessions, the NCP was available for individual meetings with those interested in presenting project proposals in 2020.