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European Foundation Award for Responsible Research & Innovation (EFARRI): two Cnr research projects among the 15 finalists for prestigious award

14/11/2016

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Two CNR research projects have passed the selection of the first edition of the European Foundation Award for Responsible Research & Innovation, EFARRI and are among the 15 finalists. In both projects the Institute for Electromagnetic Sensing of Environment of the National Research Council (IREA CNR) in Milan is involving in the coordination.

The first refers to Space4Agri - Innovative aerospace technologies for supporting the agricultural sector in Lombardy (S4A) a research project co-funded under the Agreement between the Lombardy Region and the National Research Council 2013-2015, which aims to support research and development programs with high impact on the social and economic on the region. In particular, the award recognizes the activities of S4A dedicated to the involvement of the stakeholders of the Lombard agri-food sector and the informal science education initiative involving local schools in the Earth Observation research to support the agro-food sector in Lombardy.
The second award goes to Futuring Food Tours (FFT), a research project ideated in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission in Ispra, aiming to experiment new modes of public involvement in the debate on science and technology and their impact in society. The FFT goal is to bring suggestions and opinions of citizens, usually considered only consumers of the food market, into the debate about food governance in the future.

More than 200 research groups and organisations applied for the award in 2015, followed by a thorough selection procedure. The European Foundations Award for Responsible Research & Innovation (EFARRI) aims to identify research groups that have successfully incorporated methods to align research with the needs of society and contributed towards the development of a smart, inclusive and sustainable society.

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a European approach that includes implications and societal expectations regarding research and innovation. The idea is research and innovation in a societal context. It requires the inclusion of diverse stakeholders, and anticipates and reflects on multiple values, communicates in an open and transparent way, and responds or adapts based on feedback that is received in order to accommodate the wider range of stakeholders and their viewpoints that exist today and might arise in the future.

Recently Irea CNR has promoted some opportunities for discussion on these issues, organizing a series of meetings with experts about responsibilities in research and innovation; the initiative was held in April-June 2016 at the CNR Research Area of Milan in collaboration with Cariplo Foundation.

The award is a joint initiative of the King Baudouin Foundation (Belgium), “la Caixa” Foundation (Spain), Fondazione Cariplo (Italy), the Lundbeck Foundation (Denmark), the Robert Bosch Stiftung (Germany) and the European Foundation Centre Research Forum.

The project was conducted during the Milan Great Exposition Expo between May and October 2015.
The award ceremony takes place in Brussels 21 – 22 November, when three of the 15 finalists will receive the award and a prize of € 20,000.

For more information, see http://efarri.eu/ 

Per informazioni:
Alba L'Astorina
lastorina.a@irea.cnr.it

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