A vision of Responsible Nanotechnology Research and Innovation (RNRI) in the European Union

CIC nanoGUNE Seminars

René von Schomberg, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
nanoGUNE seminar room, Tolosa Hiribidea 76, Donostia - San Sebastian
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A vision of Responsible Nanotechnology Research and Innovation (RNRI) in the European Union Chair: **Pedro M. etxenike** , Donostia International Physics Center. _ ** Responsible Research and Innovation** _is a transparent, interactive process by which societal actors and innovators become mutually responsive to each other with a view to the (ethical) acceptability, sustainability and societal desirability of the innovation process and its marketable products (in order to allow a proper embedding of scientific and technological advances in our society). **The European Commission** claims that research and engineering activities under the next R&D Framework Programme, “Horizon 2020”, will be conducted according to a “Responsible Research and Innovation” (RRI) framework, meaning that “societal actors work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes, with the values, needs and expectations of European society” (EC, 2012, “Responsible Research and Innovation – Europe’s ability to respond to societal challenges”, p. ii). **Nanotechnology** is one of the key strategic areas in the European R&D system. The **integration of RRI issues and perspectives into nanotechnology** **R &D** **system** expresses a growing institutional sensitivity toward societal demands for safety, environmental protection and ethical integrity. In fact, policy-makers and researchers have become increasingly aware that technological innovations, in order to succeed and be viable, must attend to those demands. _ _Dr.phil. **RENE VON SCHOMBERG** is an agricultural scientist and philosopher. He is an author/(co-editor) of 14 books. He holds Ph.D’s from the University of Twente, the Netherlands (Science and Technology Studies) and J.W.Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (Philosophy). He has been a European Union Fellow at George Mason University, USA in 2007 and has been with the European Commission since 1998. _ Organization:_ This Lecture will take place within the framework of the "Responsible Nanotechnology Research and Innovation (RNRI)" workshop organized by by the Miguel Sánchez-Mazas Chair UPV/EHU and the Post-Graduate Program in Philosophy, Science and Values (UPV/EHU and National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM), in partnership with CIC nanoGUNE (Nanoscience Cooperative Research Center).