International Conference on

Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society2017

Rome, Italy​

September 25-26, 2017

Call for papers


International Conference on

Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society2017


Rome 25-26 September 2017



The International Conference on Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society2017 is the first annual conference of the MARINA project aims at presenting the cases studies highlighting environmental preservation, RRI issues, principles and topics related with the research and innovation in the context of the H2020 societal challenges. The concept of Responsible Research and Innovation is relatively recent and it is part of the Europe 2020 strategy with the objective to promote a vision for a stronger collaboration among social, natural and physical scientists, societal actors and citizens in order to achieve a wider dimension of science and innovation and improve the role of society in environmental preservation. With this focus the conference will cover and systematise these themes and will help fill the gap in the present literature.


The conference overall aim is to establish, organise and activate a Responsible Research and Innovation community which involves scientists and societal actors working together during the whole research and innovation process with the common goals of aligning both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of the society and integrating citizens visions, needs and desires into science and innovation. Case studies and experiences will be collected and presented in the conference proceedings so providing an overview of several cases and experiences on Responsible Research and Innovation performed in several past and running projects on RRI.


The proceedings will be composed of the following sections:

  • Governance, Public engagement and Inclusion in the responsible R&D and Innovation process

  • RRI actions in science education and communication

  • Gender and Ethical issues in RRI initiatives

  • Sustainability of RRI processes


These four sections will collect chapters focused on the following themes:


Governance, Public engagement and Inclusion in the responsible R&D and Innovation process

Governance requires international deliberation and agreement and goes “step-by-step”. Scientific information plays a fundamental role as “evidence base” for policy and actions in this governance. Some policies require an integrated approach and a structured dialogue that impacts on the silos of sectorial policy. However “the public” is only marginalized involved, more frequently just to receive information, rather than being actively involved either in directing scientific research or in the policy making process. Capacities of policy makers and researchers to engage with the public and involve stakeholders in an early stage of policy making and in an early stage of programming research will be explored in this section.


RRI actions in science education and communication

The section explores how to deliver guidelines and good practices for RRI and promote them to CSOs, industry stakeholders, policy and decision makers, research funders, educational institutions to foster their adoption as a potential benchmark in setting-up RRI processes. This will produce a strong impact on education of citizens and stakeholders.


Gender and Ethical issues in RRI initiatives

Gender and ethical issues are very relevant in all research activities as aspects of representativeness, risks and in some situation of minority rights. This section will report best practices and methods for taking into account these issues.


Sustainability of RRI processes

The RRI processes imply steps accompanying the different research tasks and this section will explore their sustainability, assessment and added value on the research results.


Paper Submission

Submissions must be in an electronic form as PDF format and should be uploaded using the Easychair system.


The submitted paper should be at most 5 single-space printed pages. Please use the following templates to generate your PDF: MS Word.


Papers that fail to comply with length limit will be rejected. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 peer reviewers. After the preliminary notification date, authors rebut by evidence and arguments all reviewer inquiries and their comments. Based on the rebuttal feedback, reviewers notify authors with the final decision. Selection criteria will include: relevance, significance, impact, originality, technical soundness, and quality of presentation. Preference will be given to submissions that take strong or challenging positions on important emergent topics related to Responsible Research and Innovation. At least one author should attend the conference to present the paper.


The Conference Proceedings will be published by Springer in “SpringerBriefs in Research and Innovation Governance” series (

Paper submission is available online via: EasyChair

The paper submission site can be found at the page


Special issues and Journal Publication

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in several peer reviewed international journals. The list of journals will be announced later.


Important Dates

July 15, 2017: Deadline for paper submission

July 30, 2017: Notification of acceptance

August 15, 2017: Submission deadline for the final version of the Papers 

September 25-26, 2017: RRI-SIS2017 Conference



Registration fees is 180 Euros. Registration fees includes the conference proceedings, lunches and coffee breaks during the conference.  The social dinner will be in charge of participants.


Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Piazzale Aldo Moro 7, 00185 Rome, Italy




 Advisory Chairs   

Giuseppe Borsalino, European Commission, Belgium

Zakaria Benameur, Research Executive Agency, European Commission, Belgium

Alex Bielak, Alex Bielak Communications, Canada

Ana Isabel da Silva Araújo Simões, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal

Maria Paula Diogo, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Adrian Slob, TNO, Netherlands

Nina Zugic, UK


Conference Chairs

Fernando Ferri, CNR, Italy

Ned Dywer, Eurocean, Portugal

Sasa Raicevich, ISPRA, Italy


Program Chairs

Patrizia Grifoni, CNR, Italy

Husne Altiok, Istanbul University, Turkey

Hans Thor Andersen, Aalborg University, Denmark

Yiannis Laouris, CNTI, Cyprus

Cecilia Silvestri, ISPRA, Italy


Science Communication Chairs

Iwona Gin, Nausicaa, France

Liina Vaher, AHHAA, Estonia

Manuel Cira, ROM WON, Belgium


Publicity Chairs

Elena Giusta, ISPRA, Italy

Mara Gualandi, APRE, Italy

Emanuela Danè, APRE, Italy

Micaela Candea, MareNostrum, Romania


Industrial Chairs

Xenia Schneider, XPRO, Cyprus

Mato Knez, NanoGUNE, Spain

Eoin Nicholson, SmartBay, Ireland


Local Organizing Committee

Noemi Biancone, CNR, Italy

Chiara Bicchielli, CNR, Italy

Maria Chiara Caschera, CNR, Italy

Alessia D’Andrea, CNR, Italy

Arianna D’Ulizia, CNR, Italy

Tiziana Guzzo, CNR, Italy

Gabriele Nardone, ISPRA, Italy

Marco Picone, ISPRA, Italy

Francesca Ronchi, ISPRA, Italy


Program Committee (under definition)

Frederic Andres, National Institute of Informatics, Japan

Elena Aristodemou, CNTI, Cyprus

Alicia Betts, Global University Network for Innovation GUNi, Spain

Noemi Biancone, CNR, Italy

Chiara Bicchielli, CNR, Italy

Carmen - Gabriela Bostan, Institute of Educational Sciences, Romania

Maria Chiara Caschera, CNR, Italy

Chiara Cavallaro, CNR, Italy

Marta Cayetano, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

Alessia D’Andrea, CNR, Italy

Arianna D’Ulizia, CNR, Italy

Jozefien De Marrée, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Ander Errasti Lopez, GISME - University of Barcelona, Spain

Cristina Escrigas, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain

Thomas Evensen, Research council of Norway, Norway

Anna Maria Fleetwood, Swedish Research Council, Sweden

Paulina Forma, Universytet Jana Kochanowskiego, Poland

Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA), Norway

Tiago Garcia, Eurocean, Portugal

Agata Gurzawska, University Twente, The Netherlands

Tiziana Guzzo, CNR, Italy

Klaus Hadwiger, University of Hohenheim, Germany

Jesper Rohr Hansen, Denmark

Hideyuki Hirakawa, Osaka University, Japan

Manfred Horvat, Vienna University of Technology, Osterreich

Michela Insenga, University of Liverpool, UK

Adalheidur Jonsdottir, Icelandic Centre for Research - RANNIS, Iceland

Ewa Kocinska, Poznan Science and Technology Park, Poland

Georgios Kolliarakis, University of Frankfurt/Cluster of Excellence, Germany

Olga Kot, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Ukraine

Paolo Landri, CNR, Italy

Martine Legris, Lille University CERAPS, France

Cèline Liret, Ocèanopolis, France

Allison Loconto, INRA, France

Adele Menniti, CNR, Italy

Jeanne Pia Mifsud Bonnici, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Pierpaolo Mincarone, CNR, Italy

Maura Misiti, CNR, Italy

Birgitta Myrman, Swedish Research Council, Sweden

Gabriele Nardone, ISPRA, Italy

Francesco Niglia, University of Salento, Italy

Fabio Palazzo, CNR, Italy

Margus Pedaste, University of Tartu, Estonia

Marco Picone, ISPRA, Italy

Francesca Ronchi, ISPRA, Italy

Dalia Satkovskiene, Vilnius University/BASNET Forumas association, Lithuania

Kjersti Sjaatil, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway

Astrid Souren, EARMA/Radboud University, Netherlands

Veronika Tamas, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Centre for Social Sciences, Hungary

Ruud ter Meulen, Centre for Ethics, University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Asta Valackiene, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Adriana Valente, CNR, Italy

John Walls, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Miyoko Watanabe, JST, Japan

Kirstie Wild, Danish Technological Institute, Denmark

Go Yoshizawa, Osaka University, Japan



Eugenia Bellocco, CNR, Italy

Cristiana Crescimbene, CNR, Italy

Gianni Galli, CNR, Italy

Laura Sperandio, CNR, Italy

Wanda Toffoletti, CNR, Italy


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RRI-SIS Call for Workshop Proposals

A workshop proposal should contain the following items:

  • Workshop title and Acronym

  • Goals and topics

  • Background of the workshop and general targeted audience

  • Organizers and their affiliations

  • Program committee

Please submit a proposal (PDF or MS Word document) containing no more than two pages by email to Fernando Ferri at the following e-mail: marina.conference@irpps.cnr .it not later than May 10th, 2017. You will get a feedback one week after the submission.