On Friday 23 September I attended a workshop on “RRI in the UK: the post Brexit future?” that was organized by Prof. Bernd Stahl (DeMontford U.) to discuss with UK researchers engaged with the Responsible Research and Innovation agenda how the current state of RRI in the UK, and where the research field might head next. One of the stated aims of the workshop was to “look to develop a strategy/roadmap, which enables all UK academics working in this field to feel that there is a way forward” [if/when EU funding for RRI is no longer available post-Brexit].
One concrete outcome of the workshop was the decision to submit evidence to the Commons select committee on Science and Technology inquiry on priorities for the interim chair of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) on the importance of RRI. A task for which I managed to get myself nominated to draw up the draft text of the submission.
The full text of our submission, signed by 30 researchers, was posted on the responsible-innovation.org.uk blog. Our submission is also listed on the Select Committee’s website under reference number UKR0014.