Some weeks ago, the latest interview by Dr. Rene´ von Schomberg on Responsible Research and Innovation was released in OMICS: A Journal of Integrative Biology.


What was the interview about?

Dr. von Schomberg gave an interview in Europe for OMICS to reflect on the latest updates in open science and responsible innovation, focusing on future advances and potential game-changers, and their applications in the life sciences innovation ecosystem. Essentially, the interview builds important bridges for OMICS readership across the world, for a critically informed understanding of systems science and sociotechnical change.

During the interview, Dr. von Schomberg gave a brief introductory account of the history and concept of Responsible Research and Innovation, as the latter has been recently developed both in the European space and abroad. Then, we went on analysing the role that EC can play in sustaining the concept of RRI and open science, in particular in its mission-oriented science funding programmes. Dr. von Schoberg explained the importance of co-creation and co-design of research and innovation as key concepts of how to produce socially desirable outcomes, aligning societal needs and technological innovation.

The interview closed with Dr. von Schomberg sharing his thoughts on how the new form that RRI and open science will tale in the new decade, and how these concepts can contribute to tackling the normative deficits in innovation governance. The professor explained that institutions are vital not only in anticipating potential risks of innovation but also in forecasting and seeking societally desirable outcomes.

Read the full interview here

Moreover, you can read here a recent overview by Dr. von Schomberg on the historical changes in technology ethics frames and epistemologies, while here you can read an OMICS editorial analysis about the need to address the normative deficits in innovation governance.


About the interviewee

Dr. von Schomberg is a worldwide known scholar in RRI, critical theory of technology, and philosophy of science. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Twente in the Netherlands (in science and technology studies) and a Ph.D. from J.W. Goethe University in Frankfurt (in philosophy), is a previous European Union Fellow at George Mason University in the United States and worked at the European Commission since 1998. He also maintains his personal blog on the latest ideas, theories, and practices in science, technology, governance, and innovation, which you can access here.