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RRI Perspectives for Horizon Europe

RRI Perspectives for Horizon Europe

Written by Michael Gizicki-Neundlinger | Reviewed by Simon Ladinik

Created on: 13 Jul 2020 | Updated on: 13 Jul 2020

News category: "News on Living Innovation"

Alexander Gerber on how to bring RRI to life in research institutions

Our guest in this week's Responsible Innovation Story is Alexander Gerber, Professor for Science Communication at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences. For the past years, he has led the NUCLEUS project. NUCLEUS was a four-year, Horizon 2020 project investigating how to make RRI a reality in research institutions globally.


“Industry is delivering promising innovations, but we have failed to communicate societal needs and concerns upstream in research processes.”

Our most important insights from this interview with Alexander Gerber:

  • Often, research institutions and companies struggle to operationalize RRI into their day-to-day practices.
  • We need to bring policymakers, researchers and citizens to the table to make RRI concrete and tangible in the specific project's context.
  • Only then, can we implement RRI in the upcoming Horizon Europe funding scheme and show that societal interests and business opportunities can be aligned successfully.


The interview was taken prior to the outbreak of Covid-19. Therefore, social distancing measures were not implemented.


Enjoy watching the full interview at!

Click on the time stamps to watch the respective topics

00:00 Bringing RRI to Life

03:42 Public Purpose at the Heart of Innovation

05:05 Beyond Open Innovation

06:05 The Social License to Operate

07:05 RRI Perspectives for Horizon Europe

09:09 How can we Mainstream RRI across Horizon Europe?

10:49 Implications for Policy-Makers

11:34 Responsibility of Science Communication to Respond to Societal Challenges

13:19 Public Engagement with Wicked Problems

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