Responsible Innovation Conference 2014

February 28th, 2014 | Posted by responsibleinnovation in Past Events - (Comments Off)

RIConference2014On May 21 – 22, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) will host the Third International Conference on Responsible Innovation in The Hague, The Netherlands. The conference will bring together researchers from various academic disciplines, as well as representatives from both public and private sector to discuss the merits, practices and necessity of responsible innovation for technological development.

This year’s conference theme will be “Responsible Innovation: Values and Valorisation”. Central will be the multiplicity and divergence of values that are at play in the development of new technologies, as well as the importance to involve stakeholders at all stages in research and innovation processes.

The conference will draw lessons learned from the research projects within the Responsible Innovation programme, funded by NWO, as well as invite others to share their experience and research in Responsible Innovation. Moreover, the conference will take stock of the research results that have been achieved so far and use these to look ahead towards the follow-up programme Responsible Innovation that will be launched this spring.


The call for papers can be found here. Deadline for abstract submissions is March 31, 2014.

WICaNeM 2014: Sustainability and Innovation in Chains and Networks; 4th-6th of June 2014 - Capri

Over the last two decades, WICaNeM has become a well-known conference regarding the management, economics, and organization of chains and networks in a Life Sciences context. It owes its success to the integration of a scientific and a business program.

2014 Will mark the 11th anniversary of the WICaNeM conference, and will also be the first year that we venture out of the Netherlands. We have joined forces with the Universities of Bonn and Naples to create a European Platform at the beautiful island of Capri in Italy. This year’s theme will be Sustainability and Innovation in Chains and Networks. During the conference, keynote addresses by representatives of academia, industry, and government will discuss the latest issues of innovation and sustainability in chains and networks to build the sustainability agenda for the upcoming years.

During the 1st day of the conference, June 4th (Wednesday), discussions will focus on building a sustainability and innovation agenda from an academic and research perspective, while on Thursday the 5th of June, the focus will lie on the same themes, yet from a company and business perspective. Friday June 6th (the final conference day) will focus on integrating the different agendas.

The final day will climax with the announcement of the European Chapter of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association (IFAMA).

WICaNeM provides the opportunity for attendees to meet large international companies and innovative SME providing vast opportunities to companies wanting to develop their business on an international platform, as well as researchers who want to prepare EU-programs.

Wageningen University, University of Naples Federico II, and University of Bonn cordially invite professors, applied researchers, managers, consultants, and policy makers interested in the management, economics, and organization of chains and networks, to present and discuss their most recent advances in science and business.

The benefits of participating in this unique experience are evident: being on the cutting edge of chain and network science; meeting experts from all over the world and, last but not least; sharing experiences with old and new friends.


For more information and the call for abstracts, please visit:

Options for Strenghtening Responsible Research and Innovation

Research and Innovation are a key pillar in the strategy of the European Union to create sustainable, inclusive growth and prosperity and address the societal challenges of Europe and the world. The need to gear the innovation process to societal needs is reflected in many high-level policy, strategy and programming documents, such as the Europe 2020 strategy (2010) and the Horizon 2020 framework programme proposal (2011). Furthermore, for example the Lund Declaration (2009) underlines the importance of addressing societal needs and ethical questions in research and development, as well as the Council conclusions on the Social Dimension of the European Research Area (2010).

To achieve better alignment of research an and innovation with societal needs a number of initiatives have been undertaken by EU Member States and the European Commission. These initiatives have shown that there is a need for a comprehensive approach to achieve such an improved alignment. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) refers to the comprehensive approach of proceeding in research and innovation in ways that allow all stakeholders that are involved in the processes of research and innovation at an early stage (A) to obtain relevant knowledge on the consequences of the outcomes of their actions and on the range of options open to them and (B) to effectively evaluate both outcomes and options in terms of societal needs and moral values and (C) to use these considerations (under A and B) as functional requirements for design and development of new research, products and services. The RRI approach has to be a key part of the research and innovation process and should be established as a collective, inclusive and system-wide approach.

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Kaleidoscope conference

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Kaleidoscope‘Building Sustainable Communities − is the fifth in a series of peer-reviewed academic conferences organized by ITU that aim to identify emerging developments in Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) at an early stage to generate successful products and services through the development of international and open standards. ICTs can be used as a catalyst for transforming life to meet the challenges of the new millennium, including global economic and financial crises, high unemployment rates, accessibility issues, global diseases, food availability and distribution, climate change, environmental disasters, energy consumption, transport systems, safety, security, and welfare. Sustainable communities will combine human-oriented technologies and human values. To address these issues, and for a co-evolution of technology and sustainable communities, standards are indispensable. Developing these standards will require concerted global efforts by inter-sectoral stakeholders. Kaleidoscope 2013 will help to further such collaborations and highlight multidisciplinary aspects of future ICTs.’ (kaleidoscope conference website 2013)

For more information please visit the ITU website.

Geerten van de Kaa is a member of the program committee of this conference and will chair a special workshop. The main goal of the workshop is to introduce the topics of value sensitive design and responsible innovation to the standardization community and to discuss with the audience whether and how insights and tools from these two phenomena can be applied to standardization. Keynote speakers involved include prof. dr. Jeroen van den hoven and prof. dr. Ibo van de Poel.

IEEE conference

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ICE & IEEE-ITMC 2013 will bring together leading researchers and practitioners from around the world to present their latest findings from research and share practical cases from industry. Authors, workshop, tutorial organizers, and participants in general are invited to contribute to the shaping of the debate on responsible innovation and entrepreneurship.

More information on this conference can be found here.


November 14th, 2013 | Posted by responsibleinnovation in Past Events - (Comments Off)

GREAT project aim is neither to find a common definition of RRI to settle interpretative quarrels, nor to make an heterogeneous collections of the stakeholders perceptions on it. It is not even to accumulate all the existing (sometimes conflicting) key responsible activities that could be cover by a kind of meta-responsibility. If all can be useful, our ambition is bigger. We have to take into account three sorts of representations (Aristotle mimesis): a) what the things are, b) what people say they are and c) what they have to be. Because responsibility is a strong normative concept, it would have been not enough to depict existing practices (a) or to interview appropriate actors (b). Indeed, cumulative approach will let the users in front of different approaches and conception without any criteria to assess them. Moreover, the socalled axiological neutrality is useless, as moral sociologists have shown this, avoiding on the one side poor descriptivism and, on the other one, massive normative decontextualized judgement.

We have to pass from the analysis and understanding of moral (mores) to the one of ethics focused on responsibility. With a stance that focuses on the question of normativity connected to responsibility. We should be in the capacity to analyse the ways RRI, not only as a norm but with its normativity (reflexive stance in the condition of norm construction) is understood and implemented by different actors in their contexts, to be effective. This dynamic is an ongoing process of adjustment between normative horizon context and between norms and values.

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