Responsible Research and Innovation &
Sustainable Development Goals

RRING will align its impacts to contribute to Responsible Research and Innovation

What is Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)?

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) implies that societal actors (researchers, citizens, policymakers, business, third sector organisations, etc.) work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society.

In practice, RRI is implemented as a package that includes multi-actor and public engagement in research and innovation, enabling easier access to scientific results, the take-up of gender and ethics in the research and innovation content and process, and formal and informal science education.



Ethics is fundamental in RRI development, because we all collaborate for a common objective under the same guidelines.


Gender equality is synonymous with development and progress, in a modern world without discrimination.


This new community will give access to information and practices in RRI around the world.


Science helps us to understand the world and a development in studies of this type, will benefit us to take care of it as it deserves.


It is everyone’s job to learn to respect nature and to know how to take care of it, for which an awareness is necessary.


It is also the government’s task to take charge of the norms and guidelines for the care of the world around us and to punish bad acts.



Science is part of Member States’ efforts to develop more humane, just and inclusive societies and serves to ideals of peace and welfare of humankind, meaningfully interact with society, use scientific knowledge in an inclusive and accountable manner to inform national policy and decision making, promote science as a common good, freedoms, rights and responsibilities of researchers, provide access to education and employment, ethics of science and research integrity and in general enable environment for science and research.

17 Sustainable Development Goals

RRING will align its impacts to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Grand Challenges.

World leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) with the SDGs as its core. The EU was instrumental in shaping the global 2030 Agenda, which is fully consistent with Europe’s vision and has now become the world’s blueprint for global sustainable development.

SDG5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

RRING strives to present the unique experiences of our female researchers to empower future researchers and innovators. With our project we are pursuing gender equality within academia and science, which is a cornerstone of reaching not only SDG5 but also contributing to SDG4.

We need to encourage and support girls and women achieve their full potential as scientific researchers and innovators.

UN Secretary-General, António Guterres

‘Women and girls belong in science’ declares UN chief

“Advancing gender equality in science and technology is essential for building a better future”, Secretary-General António Guterres stated, “We have seen this yet again in the fight against COVID-19”. Women, who represent 70 per cent of all healthcare workers, have been among those most affected by the pandemic and those leading the response to it. Yet, as women […]

Gender equality in EU Academia

The European Commission’s plan to establish an initiative to address gender inequality in academe has been welcomed by sector leaders, who predicted that taking action to improve diversity will become a requirement for obtaining research funding from Brussels. As part of wide-ranging proposals for developing the European Research Area (ERA) and the new European Education […]

Why women don’t speak up on Zoom calls – and why that’s a problem

  Women are systematically seen as less authoritative, study shows. Gender biases still shape the rules of social engagement. Changing the environment in the room – rather than changing women’s behaviour – should be the goal. Diversity efforts may have given women a seat at the table – or, in the context of the pandemic, […]

National policies and certification good practices: the CASPER State of the Art analysis is out!

The CASPER team proudly presents the “State of the Art Analysis: mapping the awarding certification landscape in Higher Education and Research” (D3.3). This report is the result of the exploration exertion of an organization in excess of 30 worldwide scientists. Such exertion was facilitated, curated, and created by the Smart Venice group with the commitment of […]

Edurne Inigo

I am a postdoc researcher at Wageningen University (The Netherlands) and one of the women in the RRI project. I am currently co-responsible for the RRING Work Package 5, in which we examine the relationship between RRI and competitive advantage. What we want to find out is whether RRI may be a driver of competitive […]

Kutoma Wakunuma (PhD)

I am a Senior Lecturer and Researcher at De Montfort University where I work within the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR). I hold a PhD in Information and Communication Technologies for Development and Gender. My research interests are around understanding the impact of ICTs on modern society spanning both the developed and developing […]

Simge Davulcu

Simge Davulcu, Assistant Professor of Organic Chemistry, RRING researcher. Simge is a young scientist from Cyprus. She has a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Bath. Recently she completed a Post-doc with Prof. Andrea Procheddu in the development of mechano-chemical methodologies for catalytic organic reactions at the University of Cagliari in Sardinia. She is […]

Emma Day

Emma Day, Programme Manager at Vitae. I have worked for Vitae, as a passionate supporter of researcher development for over 15 years in a variety of project management and training and development roles, both in the UK and Europe.  I am one of Vitae’s most experienced project managers with a particular interest in researcher career […]

This project is financed by the European Union Horizon 2020 programme.