Organisers: UNESCO, Research Council of Lithuania supported by RRING Project
Date: June 29th, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
UNESCO and the Research Council of Lithuania are organizing the first online meeting of a new consultation group based in Lithuania, which brings together research and innovation systems experts. The experts will begin to examine the self-assessment requirements under the UNESCO Recommendation for Science and Scientific Researchers.
This meeting will be held online via the MS Teams platform, on June 29 from 3 to 5 p.m and it is the first out of three meetings planned in the following period. These activities are implemented by the Horizon 2020 RRING (Responsible Research and Innovation Networked Globally) Project, and bring together an impressive list of stakeholders in Lithuanian science.
Recommendations for science and scientific researchers
In 2017, after years of consultations and negotiations, 195 states from all over the world set out their agreement on global science regulatory standards. The treaty covers all principles of Responsible Research: ethics, open science, STEM education, public engagement, and gender equality.
The treaty obliges each state to evaluate its performance related to the standards every 4 years. The first evaluation process is being launched in July 2020, and the completed evaluation reports will be due within just 10 months. UNESCO has published will be publishing a guidance note that points out a problem: there are a vast multitude of potential indicators to choose from, and it can be difficult to decide on how each country will assess its status quo and its achievements.
Structures and support measures for EU member countries
UNESCO is collaborating with the RRING project on developing metrics that should make sense for EU member countries for this first round of the 4-year evaluation, UNESCO and RRING will begin a country pilot case study in Lithuania, under the auspices of the Research Council of Lithuania. The two countries selected for the pilot are Lithuania and Ireland. Standing in the wngs are other countires which could also choose these inclusive, participative methods in preparing a self-assessment, following Lithuania’s example.
Included experts from multiple sectors
The advisory group (Consultation Group) consists of experts from the four very different stakeholder groups who share an interest in upholding strong, healthy, and attractive Lithuanian research and innovation. They represent public sector, Industry, Academia and to a lesser degree citizens and civil society. Included are some international organizations; organizations representing science and technology educators; employers generally; learned societies, research performing organizations; associations of science writers; women in science associations; youth and student organizations.
During their meetings, the members of the group will participate in the assessment exercise of how Lithuania performs against the standards related to responsible research and innovation.