World Design Capital Workshop: Responsible Research and Innovation to support sustainable design

By Graham UCC on April 8, 2021

WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL VALENCIA 2022 invites you to this virtual workshop on Responsible Research and Innovation for design professionals and companies.

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, April 14 (15-18 CET) and will provide design professionals with an overview of Responsible Research and Innovation and its relevance to supporting sustainable design practices.

You will hear from experts involved in the RRING global network for responsible research and innovation and be informed about other related activities such as gender-responsive practices from The Gendered Innovations Project, the UNESCO Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers and be provided with practical examples from the PRISMA project. This is an interactive workshop where participants will be encouraged to actively take part.

What will you learn?

You will learn about Responsible Research and Innovation and its relevance to improving business competitiveness, supporting marketing through enhancing brand trust and strengthening customer relationships as well as in promoting sustainability.

You will also learn about the benefits of the RRING global network, for example, the opportunities it can provide for access to knowledge-sharing activities and events, for meeting other professionals and organisations across the globe and collaborating on joint projects.

You will be empowered to apply these practices in your own activities and can expect positive impacts on business competitiveness and sustainability.


15:00 Presentation:

  • Xavi Calvo, World Design Capital Valencia 2022, TBC
  • Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, UNESCO Chair on Gender in Science, Technology and Innovation, UPM
  • Gordon Dalton, RRING project coordinator, UCC

15:15 SESSION 1. RRI in innovation and industrial sectors:

  • Edurne Íñigo, Deusto University

Beyond sustainability in the innovation outcome, RRI aims to include society and diverse views in the design process, in so-called innovation with society and for society. To do so, the European Commission has indicated six focus areas: ethics, gender equality, governance, open access, public engagement, and science education.

But, what does this mean in an industrial context? In this session, we introduce the concept of RRI and its relevance in competitive environments. We highlight the opportunities for business (e.g., user-centred design, access to new markets through inclusive design) and briefly discuss the different options to overcome hurdles in the implementation of RRI.

15:30 SESSION 2. Gender-responsive business and innovation to enhance RRI in industry

  • The Gendered Innovations Project (European Commission, Stanford University) – Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, UNESCO Chair on Gender in Science, Technology and Innovation, UPM
  • EU Guidelines for gender-responsive business and innovation – Inés Novella Abril, UNESCO Chair on Gender in Science, Technology and Innovation, UPM

This session will focus on the gender dimension of the RRI in Industry. Focusing on examples related to design and innovation sectors, the speakers will introduce the way companies can incorporate gender in their innovation process and business strategies. A selection of cases from the Gendered Innovations project will provide an insight on how gender and sex analysis can enhance the development of innovative solutions for companies of different industrial sectors. The audience will be also introduced the EU Guidelines for Gender-responsive Business and Innovation, a toolkit that provides useful tips and recommendations on how to address and translate gender know-how in the different areas of work of private companies, from management to innovation and communication departments.

15:50 SESSION 3. The good, the bad, and the ugly: Opportunities for Responsible Innovation in small and medium enterprises

  • Vincent Blok, Wageningen University

In this presentation, Vincent will present state of the art findings about RRI practices in industry, involving motives for engagement, engagement practices and hindrances.

16:10 Q&A 


16:40 SESSION 4. UNESCO Recommendations to include RRI in industry and innovation 

    • April Tash, UNESCO – Paris

Innovation plays as fundamental a role in our collective, day-to-day society as it does within the design sector and industry. This session will present the UNESCO perspective on the importance and value of enhancing responsible innovation within the scientific and technological sectors. Our goal is to bring these standards, approved by 195 countries, closer to the private sector in order to support emerging processes such as digitalization and globalizations, while simultaneously enabling the retainment and growth of responsibility minded talent within the sectors.

17:00 SESSION 5. “The world which we want in the future starts with how we innovate today”. Lessons learned from the PRISMA-pilots for responsible innovation and dealing with conflicting values

  • Joost Groot Kormelink, Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management, TU Delft

In this presentation we will discuss a roadmap to embed RRI in the strategic innovation policies of companies. We will also discuss potential key performance indicators (KPIs) to measure the success of such policies. We will highlight the importance of a ‘safe-by-design’ and a ‘designing for values approach’, especially for new technologies with unknown risks.

Our starting point is the EU-funded PRISMA project (Promoting responsive innovation in transformative Industry) and the lessons learned from eight pilots in innovative businesses across Europe working in different areas (such as nanotechnology, biotechnology and automotive). The project resulted in an upcoming European ‘pre-standard’ (CEN-105) for RRI. We will discuss the status and elements of this standard and how you can give input

17:20 Q&A 

17:30 SESSION 6. Session 6. The RRING Network. Opportunities for the innovation and design sector.

  • Gordon Dalton, University College Cork

A central pillar of the RRING project’s stated goals is the creation of a perpetual community network. By utilising Network Theory, the RRING Community offers a more powerful base for actions, strengthening coordination and communication and promoting shared behaviour, thus increasing the chance of joint action.

The nature of collaborative networks lends itself to a co-production model—a joint effort between network researchers, who bring the latest theories and research on networks; and network practitioners, who bring the latest experience of networks. Previous RRI projects only went as far as recommending RRI communities, and no formal research was conducted to understand the requirements for a successful independent network.

RRING will go that extra significant step to establish a sustainable RRI community based on latest network theory and real world success stories. The RRING community network will be the most important method to “mobilise, promote and disseminate” mutual learning and collaboration in RRI, and to advance SDGs globally.

The participation of industry within the community is vital for achieving these goals. All of the partners have committed to continued membership of RRING post project. In particular, UNESCO has agreed to support the RRING Network on handover at project completion for one year (UNESCO LoS for RRING community).



You can register for free HERE.