We need innovations that leave the world in a better place than they have done previously. This means we need researchers able to balance tensions between environmental sustainability, public benefit, and economic growth.

Acknowledging that science and technology are separate neither from society nor the environment but part of them confers a social responsibility on them. We believe that it is of crucial importance that our project partners, be it scientists, researchers, industry professionals, or other stakeholders involved in the research & development activities think about:

  • the potential directions of research being taken; 
  • who might benefit and who might not from new inventions; and
  •  how consideration of the potential social, environmental and ethical issues can be considered throughout the research, development, and innovation processes 

In our practice, Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is not about adjudicating what is ‘good ’or ‘bad’, ‘positive ’or ‘negative’, or ‘responsible ’or ‘irresponsible’. Instead, we offer techniques, tools, and frameworks to think about questions of social responsibility to ensure that project partners do not lose sight of the broader contexts in which they do science, technology, and innovation. 

Therefore, as project partners we offer customized frameworks and methodologies to address the social, environmental, political, cultural, or ethical dimensions of the proposed research & development activities in line with the four dimensions 

  • Anticipation: With project partners we thrive to map the plausible intended and unintended effects of the research & development work. We develop a strategy and deliver customized workshops for continuous ethics assessment and assurance in projects. Anticipation is not about exhaustively predicting all outcomes but about building a sense of preparedness so that potential downsides can be addressed as they are foreseen and arise. 
  • Inclusion: We provide people-centred methodology to encourage researchers and developers to engage with people, i.e., citizens, future users, interest groups or potentially concerned groups to gain insights about the application contexts and what desirable trajectories would be. We move the engagement beyond dissemination or outreach to pursue a two-way exchange of information and knowledge valorisation.
  • Reflexivity: With guided discussions and customized ethics workshops we create specific opportunities for researchers and developers to critically consider and continuously re-assess the underlying assumptions and values driving their projects.  
  • Responsiveness: With continuous group assessments we aim to demonstrate that research, development, and innovation are processes of exploration and learning that – if needed – need to change course if any of the above dimensions (anticipation, inclusion, or reflexivity) generate new knowledge, identify public concerns, or reveal potential harms.