RRI2SCALE Project Third Consortium Meeting, 4th of December 2020, Online

We are happy to announce that last week, the RRI2SCALE 3rd consortium meeting was held successfully, despite the Covid-19 confinement. The meeting, which was organised and performed virtually due to the pandemic, coincided with the closure of the first year of the project’s implementation phase and thus allowed partners to reflect on their achievements so far as well as on the best way forward for the upcoming months. Once again, APRE, as the coordinator of the project, ensured the smooth accomplishment of the meeting.

During the virtual event, several representatives from the 11 consortium partners came together to exchange news on the work done so far under their respective WPs, and to collectively deliberate on the findings. APRE started the meeting by informing all partners about the progress achieved and the overall status of the project. Moreover, APRE gave careful instructions on reporting activities to guide all partners on how to transparently communicate their individual actions. Current and future challenges were discussed, alongside possible mitigation measures.

Afterward, each WP leader gave an in-depth presentation on the efforts undertaken during the 2nd semester and the main results of these efforts. In particular, RIM and White Research analysed the key findings under WP1, focusing on the mapping activities of literature research, stakeholders interviews, and large-scale surveys in the 4 pilot regions. Then, the status of WP2 was jointly introduced by Q-Plan and the University of TWENTE. The two partners explained how the Delphi Exercise is currently running without problems, and they also provided a concrete plan concerning the development of techno-moral scenarios in the fields of smart cities – renewable energy – intelligent transport. As such, all the basic components of foresight analysis and scenario building under WP2 were addressed. Maastricht University proceeded with a clear presentation of how WP5, which pertains to the monitoring, evaluation, and assessment tasks, interacts with the other WPs and reiterated that all project’s activities are closely evaluated. White Research concluded the round, by presenting the core actions of WP6 (communication and stakeholder engagement). Special attention was paid to synergies with related projects, participation in external events, and issuing of academic publications.

During the consortium meeting, a very important point that was raised by APRE regarded the cooperation between RRI2SCALE partners and regional agencies in the 4 pilot regions of the project. Since the concept of regional development lies in the heart of the project, the partners discussed a range of options on how to engage regional and local policymakers with RRI2SCALE, and how to couple the idea of territorial development with RRI principles in the three “smart” fields. As such, more updates are expected on this front soon!

Finally, WP leaders consulted each other on how their respective task activities are operationally interlinked and verified the necessity of close collaboration concerning input provision. In sum, RRI2SCALE is ready to start dynamically the new year!