We are happy to announce that RRI2SCALE was present at the Nature Conference about the Waste Management and Valorisation for a Sustainable Future, which was held from 26th to 28th October 2021. The conference was hosted both in-person and streamed virtually.

What was the conference about?

The development of sustainable waste management strategies has become a major concern throughout the world. The conference essentially focused on “recycling” and “recovery” of waste material while paving the way towards a circular economy, land reclamation, and water and wastewater treatments. Knowledge exchange among professionals from all over the world took place during the event to assist the formulation of an efficient sustainable management agenda for biological waste and remediation of soil, water, and air in the local context, which satisfies the environmental compatibility, financial feasibility, and social needs. Advanced treatment technologies, advanced management strategies, and political issues pertaining to recycling and recovery of organic waste were discussed among participants, with the aim to find common ground between technological, ecological, and societal issues.

Moreover, local and overseas experts from different sectors including academic researchers, industrial practitioners, green groups, and government departments were gathered in the event to solicit scientific and technical inputs as well as political feedback, facilitating the development of integrated solutions. Experienced industrial practitioners, professional organizations, green groups, as well as government officers were invited to the conference to that end.

For those who missed it, the conference was recorded and will become available for registrants to view for up to 60 days post-conference. 

The contribution from RRI2SCALE

During the conference, Dr. Katharina Fellnhofer from RIM presented, through a customised poster (below), the core findings from our large-scale survey on citizens’ perceptions and moral views about regional R&I, which took place in 2020. Through her poster, Dr. Fellnhofer discussed how the factor of public trust supports citizen engagement for tackling complex societal challenges. In general, the results show that despite diversity across gender and stakeholder groups, citizens tend to trust organisations when they assess the effects of innovation independently look at the effects of innovation from different angles, clearly indicate their interests, and communicate openly and transparently. As such, it can be concluded that trust indicators significantly drive citizens’ demands to be engaged in policymaking. The greater the trust, the higher the demand for engagement – i.e., citizen engagement increases trust. The greater the correlation between trust and citizens engagement for sustainability, the greater the value for all.


You can access the poster in original PDF format here.

Moreover, you can watch Dr. Fellnhofer’s presentation of the poster here.

Katharina Fellnhofer is a Marie-Curie-Fellow at ETH Zürich and hosted by Harvard University’s Department of Sociology. She is the founder of Research and Innovation Management GmbH and holds a doctorate in social and economic sciences. More info here.