Alliance for Responsible Science

Alliance for Responsible Science

Responsible Science, in the EU context also known as “Responsible Research and Innovation“ (RRI), actively involves the civil society in research and innovation processes so that current challenges can be met in a more effective way and in line with the values, expectations and requirements of society. On the part of the European Commission the concept is gaining more and more importance as a new orientation framework for research and research support. It was, for example, also integrated into the current research framework programme “Horizon 2020”.
Austria has also included Responsible Science as an important element in the “Action plan for a competitive research area” of the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF). One of the first steps that resulted from this is the establishment of an Alliance for Responsible Science, which numerous institutions from science, research, education and practice have joined already.

Memorandum of Understanding

With the signing of the memorandum 43 institutions declare that they are willing to pursue a number of goals, for example:

  • Translation of societal challenges and general principles into scientific, scientific-artistic as well as institutional strategies, concepts and projects; operationalisation of the concept of the “societal impact factor”

The Memorandum of Understanding and further information on this topic can be found on the website of the Alliance for Responsible Science.

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