At the 2020 Triple Helix Virtual Summit global leaders from academia, industry and policy discussed how to build and grow regional innovative ecosystems to tackle global grand challenges. The 2020 edition of Summit was held virtually from the 24th to the 26th of November, to guarantee the safe delivery of the event amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

To that end, and in the framework of the Summit, TeRRItoria organised succesfully the workshop “Introducing RRI principles to enhance regional innovation policies, including RIS3”, which focused on the role of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as a facilitator to enhance citizen participation and societal impact in the local and regional research and innovation planning across Europe.

The workshop took place on Tuesday the 24th of November, from 15:20 to 16:10 CET. RRI2SCALE was there, represented excellently by Dr. Margarita Angelidou (Manager of Territorial R&I Projects, Q-Plan International, and project manager at the RRI2SCALE project).


Dr. Angelidou introduced the overall concept of the RRI2SCALE project, and for the first time, she had the opportunity to present the findings from the mapping activities of the project: in-depth interviews with regional stakeholders and regional large-scale citizen surveys. In particular, lessons learned from the interviews and surveys on the interplay between RIS strategies and RRI practices were presented and discussed with other participants.

In general, the workshop provided practical examples of applied approaches based on three European projects (TeRRItoriaSeeRRI, and RRI2SCALE) in the process of implementation, funded under the Horizon 2020 Science with and for Society call “Supporting the development of territorial Responsible Research and Innovation” (SwafS-14) and included a good number of experiences from a variety of local and regional R&I ecosystems. Based on these cases, the workshop initiated a dialogue among Triple Helix stakeholders on how to ensure public engagement and societal relevance at all stages of the regional research and innovation cycle: planning, implementing, and monitoring, with a special emphasis on RIS3.

Background and information on the summit

The summit was organised by the Triple Helix Association and the Department of Management of the University of Bologna.

To read the full programme of the Triple Helix Summit 2020 click here. Μore information about registration can be found here.

Note: Original photos retrieved from the event’s weblink.  All rights reserved.