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Call for papers

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020

Research and Innovation Programme under GA No. 710566

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Marine Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society




Science Centre AHHAA in Tartu, Estonia, 17 September 2018



The annual conference organised within the activities of the MARINA project  (Marine Knowledge Sharing Platform for Federating Responsible Research and Innovation Communities; funded within the H2020 Research and Innovation Programme under GA No. 710566) is the best occasion to reach and federate different Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) groups and to discuss case studies and experiences on RRI principles implementation.

Such discussion is envisaged to reflect themes of the marine domain and how RRI may allow acknowledging, to anticipate and assess implications connected to societal expectations and, fostering the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation. 

The second annual conference of the MARINA project aims at presenting cases studies highlighting examples where the implementation of RRI dimensions, principles and topics, made a difference in the impact of 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. Its vision is to promote a stronger collaboration among scientists from different disciplines, societal actors, citizens and policy makers in order to achieve a wider dimension of science and innovation and enhance the role of society in dealing with its challenges.

With this focus the conference will cover and systematize case studies and experiences developed in several past and running research activities and projects on RRI on within other context in relation to marine issues. This portfolio of experiences will also include examples of guidelines, approaches and good practices dealing with different aspects of RRI and marine challenges. These themes will help fill the gap in the present literature.

The conference overall aim is to establish, organise and activate a RRI community on the marine challenges, 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.


A session on "Sustainable practices for bioprospecting in marine ecosystems"will be organised by the TASCMAR project ( The TASCMAR session will address the crucial challenge of achieving and mapping a sustainable balance between deriving socio-economic benefits from marine bio-resources, including their chemical products and raising the urgent need to respect, protect and conserve the marine environment, in line with main EU Blue Growth strategy and policies. This session welcomes contributions that engage with sustainable and ethical practices for bioprospecting in largely unexplored marine ecosystems in oceans and seas worldwide. In addition, contributions will focus on innovative and sustainable strategies and technologies for obtaining bioactive compounds from marine ecosystems.


Specific themes of interest to RRI-SIS MARINA 2018 include but are not limited to:

  • Tourism and coastal cities 

  • Pollution caused by human and sea pressures

  • Fisheries and aquaculture

  • Renewable energy (wave, wind, tidal)

  • Marine changes caused by climate

  • Marine Biotech

  • Sea Transportation

  • Deep Sea Mining


The submitted papers are encouraged to discuss the specific theme(s) of marine challenges in the perspective of:


- Governance, Public engagement and Inclusion in the RRI process


Scientific information plays a fundamental role to provide “evidence base” for policy and governance. However, within the process of knowledge generation “the public” (society, its actors and their values) is only marginally involved, more frequently just to receive information rather than contributing to set the scientific agenda goals and in its process. Capacities of policy makers and researchers to engage with the public and involve stakeholders from the early of programming research to its enforcement and the assessment of its results will be explored in this perspective.


-  Science education and communication in RRI actions

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 10 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 of 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 submitted to Springer to be considered in “SpringerBriefs in Research and Innovation Governance” series ( as in the edition of the RRI-SIS2017.



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 30, 2018: Deadline for paper submission

  •        August 10, 2018: Notification of acceptance

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

  •        September 2, 2018: deadline for conference registration

  •        September 17, 2018: RRI-SIS MARINA Conference





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

Suggestions for travel and accomodation





Advisory Chairs

Giuseppe Borsalino, European Commission, Belgium

Zakaria Benameur, Research Executive Agency, European Commission, Belgium

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

Maria Paula Diogo, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal

Ana Noronha, Ciência Viva, Portugal

Adrian Slob, TNO, Netherlands

Nina Zugic, UK


Conference Chairs

Fernando Ferri, CNR, Italy

Ned Dywer, Eurocean, Portugal

Sasa Raicevich, ISPRA, Italy


Program Chairs

Husne Altiok, Istanbul University, Turkey

Hans Thor Andersen, Aalborg University, Denmark

Yiannis Laouris, CNTI, Cyprus

Jamal Ouazzani, CNRS; France

Cecilia Silvestri, ISPRA, Italy


Science Communication Chairs

Iwona Gin, Nausicaa, France

Sander Kask, AHHAA, Estonia

Manuel Cira, ROM WON, Belgium


Publicity Chairs

Elena Giusta, ISPRA, Italy

Margot Bezzi, APRE, Italy

Chiara Buongiovanni, APRE, Italy

Mara Gualandi, APRE, Italy

Emanuela Danè, APRE, Italy

Micaela Candea, MareNostrum, Romania

Alessia D'Andrea, CNR, Italy

Tiziana Guzzo, CNR, Italy


Industrial Chairs

Xenia Schneider, XPRO, Cyprus

Mato Knez, NanoGUNE, Spain

Eoin Nicholson, SmartBay, Ireland


Local Organizing Committee

Helin Haga, AHHAA, Estonia

Sander Kask, AHHAA, Estonia

Mathis Bogens, AHHAA, Estonia


Program Committee

Ali Al-Mourabit. CNRS, France

Asaf Ariel,EcoOcean, Israel

Frederic Andres, National Institute of Informatics, Japan

Elena Aristodemou, CNTI, Cyprus

Yehuda Benayahu. Tel Aviv University, Israel

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

Laurent Dufossé, Université de la Réunion, France

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

Giuseppe Forino,T6 Ecosystems, Italy

Paulina Forma, Universytet Jana Kochanowskiego, Poland

Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway

Tiago Garcia, Eurocean, Portugal

Patrizia Grifoni, CNR, Italy

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

Sophia Letsiou, APIVITA,  Greece

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

Antonella Passani, T6 Ecosystems, Italy

Ioannis Trougakos, University of Athens, Greece

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

Suchana Apple Chavanich, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand


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The link for the registration is:

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 RRI-SIS MARINA 2018 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 (


  •        July 10, 2018: Deadline for abstract submission

  •        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 17-19, 2018: RRI-SIS MARINA Conference

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