Change Process

At the core of the JERRI project is a change process within the two organizations TNO and Fraunhofer. The process involves several steps, tasks and phases including rri goal setting, a transformative rri action plan and an implementation process. The following section will gradually outline these different steps of the change process.

RRI Goal Setting

Both Fraunhofer and TNO have gone through a dedicated process for setting goals within and across the RRI dimensions (Ethics, Gender, Open Access, Public Engagement and Science Education) in interaction with internal and external stakeholders. In addition, we defined concrete pilot activities in order to initiate the change process towards these goals. After the process we jointly reflected on the lessons learned and developed a tentative list of issues to be taken into account when engaging in similar processes as a basis for discussion with other RTOs.

For more specific information on the objectives set and pilot projects carried out, click on the table.

    Goals at Fraunhofer

    Goals at Fraunhofer

    Goals at TNO

    Goals at TNO

    Potential synergies

    Furthermore, the JERRI Project indicated potential synergies between the different RRI dimensions: 

    • integration of gender aspects and participation requirements into ethical reflection guidelines; participation as an enabler for ethical reflection
    • 'Fraunhofer debate' and 'citizen office' could also serve as chance to get in touch with the ethical values of civil society. This should also influence the internal value setting and ethical reflection within Fraunhofer.
    • integration of Science Communication aspects into the ethical qualification programme in order to create a responsible and appropriate idea of new technologies/products in the public but also for potential customers 
    • Easier access to scientific knowledge also improves the outcomes of societal engagement activities.

    Next steps

    Currently both organizations are developing transition roadmaps detailing pathways from today’s pilots to the envisaged long-term goals to guide the process beyond the project’s lifetime.

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    This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No. 709747.