Excellence today is about more than ground-breaking discoveries – it includes openness, responsibility and the co-production of knowledge. ICT's pervasiveness calls for specific attention by ICT enterprises to Responsible Research and Innovation.

Participants and organisers of the conference "Science, Innovation and Society: achieving Responsible Research and Innovation" held in Rome on 19-21 November 2014 under the auspices of the Italian Presidency, approved the Rome Declaration on Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe stating that "the benefits of Responsible Research and Innovation go beyond alignment with society: it ensures that research and innovation deliver on the promise of smart, inclusive and sustainable solutions to our societal challenges; it engages new perspectives, new innovators and new talent from across our diverse European society, allowing to identify solutions which would otherwise go unnoticed; it builds trust between citizens, and public and private institutions in supporting research and innovation; and it reassures society about embracing innovative products and services; it assesses the risks and the way these risks should be managed".

 

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