Science is part of almost every aspect of our lives. Although we rarely think about it, science makes extraordinary things possible. At the flick of a switch, we have light and electricity. When we are ill, science helps us get better. It tells us about the past, helps us with the present, and creates ways to improve our future.
The objective is this study is to provide scientific evidence, data, analysis and policy intelligence to support directly Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) research funding activities and policy-making activities in relation with Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). Specifically, the study aims to determine the scope and the benefits or Responsible Research and Innovation for Europe, based on a sound operationalization of the concept.
The Eurobarometer ‘Responsible Research and Innovation, Science and Technology’ shows that more than three quarters (77%) of Europeans think that science and technology have a positive influence on society. Respondents however also express concern over risks from new technologies, such as to human health and the environment. They want research and innovation to be carried out with due attention to ethical principles (76%), gender balance (84%), and public dialogue (55%). Similar to results of earlier Eurobarometer surveys, more than half of all Europeans are interested in developments in science and technology (53%), but a majority do not feel informed enough (58%).
Development of impact assessment and ex-ante
evaluation methodologies, using agent-based simulation including notably
the role of civil society agents in collaborative responsible research