High Level Expert Meeting on "Promoting Global Responsible Research & Social and Scientific Innovation"

UNESCO, as a member of the advisory body of this project that is funded by the European Commission and as a leading United Nations agency in bioethics, will host this meeting that comes in the light of the international reflection on the ethical principles that should guide science and technology development.

The meeting is public on Wednesday 20 March, but private on Thursday 21 and Friday 22.

The meeting will gather around 40 high level experts from different prestigious centers and institutes from various countries to discuss issues relating to responsible research and innovation. The issues include:

1. Link existing international networks of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) with relevant societal actors on a global scale to focus innovation on societal desirability.
2. Complete a major fact-finding mission comparing science funding strategies and innovation policies in Europe, the United States, China, Japan, India, Australia and South Africa.
3. Advocate a European normative model for RRI globally, using constitutional values as a driver to inform societal desirability.
4. Develop a strategy for fostering the convergence of regional innovation systems at the global level.

These issues will be discussed by experts from:

1. Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN), Preston, United Kingdom
2. Innovation Research Unit (IRU), Michael Smurfit School of Business, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
3. Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship (CSSC), Rome, Italy
4. Europäische Akademie (EA) Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler GmbH, Science and Technology Studies, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany
5. Tecnalia Research & Innovation (TRI), San Sebastian, Spain
6. Institute of World Economics and Politics (IWEP), Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China PR
7. Center for the Study of Ethics in the Professions, Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, United States
8. Environmental Evaluation Unit, University of Cape Town (UCT), Cape Town, South Africa
9. Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga and Canberra, Australia
10. South African San Institute (SASI), Kimberley, South Africa representing South Africa, Namibia and Botswana
11. Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS), India

Plus advisors from UNESCO, World Health Organization (WHO), Welcome Trust, and others.


Type of Event Category 6-Expert Committee
Start 20.03.2013 08:00 local time
End 22.03.2013 11:00 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Focal point Feinholz, Dafna
Organizer UNESCO
Contact d.feinholz@unesco.org
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 7, place de Fontenoy
Room Room IX
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English
Estimated number of participants 40-50
Official Website
Link 1 Agenda
Link 2 Concept Note
Link 3 Bioethics in UNESCO
Link 4