RISE 2018

Responsible Innovation
in Sustainable Ecosystems

Responsible Research and Innovation in Industrial Innovation Ecosystems: Perspectives in Industry 4.0





Responsible Research and Innovation in Industrial Innovation Ecosystems:

Perspectives in Industry 4.0


Science Centre AHHAA in Tartu, Estonia, 17 September 2018



The reference domain of the call is the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) actions in the industrial application of sustainable research and innovation.The conference will explore the dynamic behaviour within industrial-research-educational-funding ecosystems in the Industry 4.0 scenario.

From a holistic point of view, a real innovation ecosystem can be identified by economic and social boundaries; the actors operating therein are universities, research centres, firms, markets, industrial clusters whichare embedded in regional and national innovation systems. The objective is to explore the ways in which the application of RRI pillars (public engagement, governance, science education, ethics, open access, gender, as well as sustainability, inclusion and social justice) influence the performance of these industrial and innovation ecosystems and their survival in the long term given economic and research boundaries.

Defining the innovation processwithin such ecosystems from its ideation to application, we shall consider not only the nested interactions amongst stakeholders  within (and with) their environment, but also the interactions between them, evolutionary forces and behavioural changes of individual actors/stakeholders. These react to and prompt structural reconfiguration from endogenous, environmental and social factors.

This consideration introduces an important aspect to our objectives: methods and procedural aspects of RRI. They may include anticipation, reflection, inclusion, participation and responsiveness. These may be used to explain and study interactions amongst different concurrent industrial-research-business oriented policies by introducing innovative elements related to social, ethical and global awareness domains.



Topics for the conference include but are not limited to:

  • Best Practices in the application of one or more of the RRI pillars (public engagement, governance, science education, ethics, open access, gender, sustainability, inclusion and social justice) in an Industrial Innovation ecosystem and the analysis of their impact into at least of one of the subsystems considered:(business, research centres and universities) and the overall sustainability of the innovation.

  • Models, methods and case studiesof research, businesses and organisations (for-profit and non-profit) creating synergies withnew strategies, products, services and concepts providing answers to RRI issues.

  • Model, methods and casesof tools and initiatives analysing the societal impacts of industrial ecosystems on citizens and the acceptance of procedures and outputs to public.

  • Contributions on how RRI approaches affect the development and implementation of policies targeting the dynamics of industrial innovation systemsare also welcome.




Paper submission

Paper submissions must be in an electronic form as PDF format and should be uploaded using the Easychair system. Please use the following templates to generate your PDF:MS WORD

Submitted papers should be at the most 10 single-space printed pages; papers that fail to comply with length limit will be automatically rejected. Each paper will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 reviewers. 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 on Responsible Research and Innovation. After the preliminary notification date, authors should modify their manuscript according to the reviewers’ comments. Based on the rebuttal feedback, reviewers notify authors with the final decision.At least one author should attend the conference to present the paper.

The Conference Proceedings will be submitted for publication in the “SpringerBriefs in Research and Innovation Governance” series.



Paper submission is available online via: EasyChair

The paper submission site can be found at the page:    https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rise2018 


Planned format of the conference

Duration of the conference: one day

Planned number of accepted papers: 10-12


Important dates


  •        July 20, 2018: Deadline for paper submission

  •        August 10, 2018: Notification of acceptance

  •        August 31, 2018: Submission deadline for the final version of the papers 

  •        September 7, 2018: deadline for conference registration

  •        September 17, 2018: RISE Conference


Conference registration fee

The regular registration fee is of 180,00 Euros.

The students registration fee is of 100,00 Euros.

The registration fee includes the volume of the proceedings of the Evidence based policy making and RRI Conference, the coffee breaks and lunch during the three days of the multiconference and gives access to all the joint conferences organised in the framework of the M-RRI-SIS 2018 (https://rri-sis.wixsite.com/m-rrisis2018).



You can register yourself at: https://veeb.ahhaa.ee/registration/product/multi-conference-rri-sis-2018/



Science Centre AHHAA, Sadama 1, 51004, Tartu, Estonia

Suggestions for travel and accomodation


Conference chairs

Francesco Niglia, University of Salento, Italy

Sesto Viticoli, Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca Industriale, Italy

Dimitri Gagliardi, University of Manchester, United Kingdom



Program Chairs

Angelo Corallo, University of Salento, Italy

Ronald Ramlogan, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Barbara Ribeiro, University of Manchester, United Kingdom

Andrea Porcari, Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca Industriale, Italy

Mariangela Lazoi, University of Salento, Italy


Program Committee

Vincent Block, Wageningen University, the Netherlands

Federica Ceci, Università di Chieti, Italy

Felicity Coleman, Kingston School of Art, United Kingdom

Konstantinos Demestichas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Benedikt Fecher, The Alexander Humbolt Institute for Internet Society, Germany

Ainara Garzo, Fundación TECNALIA Research & Innovation, Spain

Veikko Ikonen, VTT Technical Research Centre, Finland 

Adalheidur Jonsdottir, Icelandic Centre for Research - RANNIS, Iceland

Tomas Matraia, Node for Opportunities, Development and Environment

Andrea Riccio, Università La Sapienza, Italy

Monica Rossi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Alexander Sander, Digtale Gesellshaft e.v., Germany

Yashar Saghai, The University of Twente, the Netherlands

Sergio Terzi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Žiga Turk, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Asta Valackiene, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania      

Simone van der Burg, Radboudumc University Medical Center, the Netherlands