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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

What do we mean when we talk about Social Labs?

A Social Lab is a container of social experiments for addressing complex ground-breaking social challenges on a systemic level. In the NewHoRRIzon project these are social challenges related to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) within the frame of Horizon 2020 (H2020) and beyond (Framework Programme 9 and national R&I funding programmes).

The NewHoRRIzon project runs 19 Social Labs. Each Social Lab focuses on a different theme of H2020, for example, Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies (LEIT)  and Smart, green, and integrated transport (TPT).

Social Labs consist of a team, a process and space(s) supporting social innovation and experimentation. The team is made up of societal actors invited into the Social Lab to work together on the Social Lab process. The process consists of three interdependent, iterative activities:

  • diagnosis of the current RRI practices with H2020. This results in an understanding of barriers and enablers of embedding of RRI.
  • designing & implementing of social experiments to test overcoming the barriers
  • reflect on the outcomes of the experiments & to learn lessons for further experimenting and future embedding of RRI into R&I policies & funding programmes.

Social Labs offer spaces that facilitate this process. They enable diagnosis, observation and experimentation to take place at the same time and as part of the same intertwined process.

Continue exploring Social Labs on the below website and view their Pilot Action Booklet.

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