STARBIOS2 in a nutshell
STARBIOS2 started on May 1st, 2016
Coordinated by University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy)
From the EU Horizon 2020 programme
Activate RRI-oriented structural change in Biosciences institutions
Develop guidelines/model to support RRI uptake in other research institutions
STARBIOS2 (Structural Transformation to Attain Responsible BIOSciences) is a project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme. The general aim of STARBIOS2 is to contribute to the advancement of the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) strategy which underpins Horizon 2020.
The project will design and implement Action Plans (APs) oriented to attain RRI structural change in six institutions active in the field of biosciences. The experience produced within the APs will be used to define guidelines and develop a model aimed at supporting RRI structural change in this field in Europe and worldwide.
The strategy of STARBIOS2 is geared to cope more generally with what the European Commission sees as one of the main risks for European research, i.e. its inadequate connection with society. To tackle this issue, European research needs to better align with the needs and values of European society. This entails, from the RRI perspective, an increasing involvement of stakeholders at any level of the research and innovation process.
This objective will be sought by activating structural change through the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of a four-year RRI Action Plan (AP) in each involved department. The AP will be self-tailored: each of them will be conceived, designed and implemented by the institution involved and will take into account the institutional, social and cultural context where it will be carried out. It will include, in a coordinated way, five sets of actions, respectively addressing the RRI 5 keys.
The outputs of the learning process will result in the development of a set of guidelines on RRI implementation, aimed at providing recommendations on how to deal with resistances and barriers to the implementation of RRI in research institutions.
In this framework, STARBIOS2 is envisioned as a unique opportunity to strengthen a critical analysis of contents, implications, critical aspects, possible strategies and future perspectives for RRI policies in biosciences. The model would provide the staff and leaders of Biosciences Departments and Divisions with further and better formalized orientations and practical knowledge about the key issues related to the implementation of RRI and how they can be encompassed.
STARBIOS2 Interconnected Objectives
4 Thematics of STARBIOS2 Concept
- Interpretation of RRI
- Relevence of the research sector
- Interpretation of Structural Change
- Activation of Structural Change
Overarching policy strategy aimed at radically increasing intensity and quality of the interactions between the European Research Area and European society. The loose connection between research and society could make European research:
- Unable to address the key problems European society is facing
- Unable to exploit its innovation and commercial potential impacts
- Socially isolated, ethically contested and not supported by citizens, public authorities and economic players
RRI is aimed at changing the state of things directly acting on research institutions, with respect to the 5 key issues. For the first time, such key issues are included in a unique perspective and viewed as part of a unique strategy.
STARBIOS 2 intends to use this tailored approach for bioscience research.
New action models and values implemented in a group will progressively mobilises other groups, turning them into the new structure with those values.
This process describes the nature of the AP implementation phase that will require pro-activity, flexibility and capacity to react rapidly to unexpected situations in a context of high levels of uncertainty, innovation and social complexity.