On Tuesday 5th of April, the family 4 H2020 SwafS (Science with and for Citizens) projects are returning for the third and final webinar of the joint series “RRI and regional development: common dilemmas, different approaches”. The participating projects are TeRRItoria, SeeRRI, RRI2SCALE and DigiTeRRI, and in this unique series of webinars they showcase how regions and territories across Europe share common regional challenges in Research and Innovation, and despite their commonalities, deal with them under a different approach.
In particular, “RRI and regional development: common dilemmas, different approaches” deals with the concepts of regional dilemmas and Responsible Research and Innovation. The series is bringing together European territories from the four projects, and each webinar is being devoted to a different family of territories that share common regional dilemmas, as well as similar socio-economic and geographic characteristics. The aim of the series is to connect policy-makers, academics, and experts from the territories to share their insights on how the same dilemmas and local challenges are experienced differently, as well as on how RRI elements are territorially implemented to overcome them.
The final webinar will take place on Tuesday the 5th of April, at 11:00 CET. The topic of this event is “Rural territories: common dilemmas, different approaches”. The participating territories are Trondelag (TeRRItoria), Värmland (DigiTeRRI), and Nord-Est (TeRRItoria). Speakers representing their territories will discuss how the concepts of rural depopulation and brain-drain, as a result of current regional innovation policies, are practically manifested in a unique way in each territory, and what societal dilemmas arise.
Moreover, speakers will openly exchange good practices of how their territories adopt and apply key elements of RRI (governance, gender equality, public engagement, ethics, open access, science education) to overcome these dilemmas and propel responsible growth and innovation in rural areas, especially through the avenue of responsible digitalisation.
The sessions will be organised as quick round-tables of peer-exchange on knowledge and local experience, with a view to strengthen the bonds between remoted European territories, facilitate the flow of knowledge, and open new policy pathways to confront pressure challenges.