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Fondazione Cariplo

Valentina Amorese completed a PhD in Sociology at the London School of Economics in 2010 with a thesis on the relationship between science (case study: genetically modified organisms) and society comparing Italy and the UK. She collaborated with the Commessa Educare e Comunicare at National Centre of Research and Dipartimento di Comunicazione e Ricerca Sociale at La Sapienza in a number of projects related to science with, and for society. She started working at Fondazione Cariplo in 2013 as programme officer for the Science and Technology Research Area. In January 2014 she started working on the RRI Tools project and at the moment she is the operative contact, together with Riccardo Porro, for the Italian and Swiss hub on this project. At Fondazione Cariplo she is the main contact in terms of Responsible Research and Innovation.

The state of the art of RRI in Italy and Switzerland


Science Animation Midi-Pyrénées

Malvina Artheau, doctorate in aquatic biology from the University Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, is now head of the digital and innovation team at Science Animation Midi-Pyrénées. As such she is coordinating a team of three to develop new science communication tools from innovative exhibitions to serious digital games and is the French hub coordinator for the RRI tools project. She has expertise in designing creativity and public engagement workshops. She has also organized brainstorming and team work sessions during scientific seminars as well as PhD student training courses. She has been supervising the work of a trainee on the definition of the Living Lab approach for science centers.

A glance at the French ingredients for the RRI Alchemy



Wouter Boon is assistant professor in Innovation and life sciences. His research in the field of innovation studies focuses on the dynamics and governance of emerging technologies in science-based sectors, such as life sciences and healthcare. He teaches, amongst others, courses about management of life sciences innovations and sustainable drug development.

RRI in the Netherlands



Prof.dr. Jacqueline Broerse is professor of ‘innovation and communication in the health and life sciences’, in particular addressing issues of diversity and social inclusion at the Athena Institute, VU University, Amsterdam. Her research is focused on methodology development for realizing a science-society dialogue in new and emerging (system) innovations in the health and life sciences. She has developed methodologies to facilitate patient participation in health research and care, and to realize multi-stakeholder participation in national health policy.

RRI in the Netherlands


Ciência Viva

Carlos Catalão, European coordinator of the RRI Tools Hubs, holds a Phd in Science Education, University of Cambridge. He was part of the founding team of Ciência Viva, the Portuguese National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture, in 1996, and is currently member of its Board of Directors. He teaches Science Communication and Education, in MPhil programmes at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and he is a research associate at the CIES, Centro de Investigação e Estudos de Sociologia, UL. His research is focused on the social mission of universities and scientific institutions, particularly in terms of its contribution to science education, as well as to public participation and engagement with science.


Techmania Science Center

From 2011 I´m employee in Techmania Science Center o.p.s. in Pilsen as a project manager. First I worked in national project (operation program from EU) for research and development for innovation. Outputs of this project were building of new science centre in Pilsen and the first 3D Planetarium in the Czech Republic. From now I´m also a hub coordinator of RRI project (instead of my colleague Alena Šuldová).

Czech RRI promising practices


Centre for the Promotion of Science 

Aleksandra Drecun is the Director of the Center for the Promotion of Science, Serbian national public body. She is also the member of the EC DG Research and Development Horizon 2020 Program Committee "Strategic Configuration", member of the EC DG Research and Development Horizon 2020 Program Committee for Societal Challenge 6 - "Europe in a changing world - Inclusive Innovative and Reflective Societies, member of the EC COST GenderSTE Management Committee and member of the managing boards, and regional and country leader of several EC FP7 and other international projects in the field of science promotion, STEM education and responsible research and innovation. Presently, she is also the regional SEE hub coordinator for the EC flagship project "Responsible Research and Innovation Toolkit - RRI Tools" and the President of the Program Committee of the South Eastern European Science Promotion Conference (SCIPROM). Previously, Aleksandra was the member of the Science in Society Program Committee, FP7 Capacities Program at the DG Research & Innovation (2010-2013). From 2004 till 2006 Drecun was the Secretary General to the President of Serbia, the Special Advisor at the Government of Serbia for the National Investment Plan (2007/2008), the Secretary General of the Ministry for Finance and Economy and the Government of Serbia Anti-corruption Coordinator (2001-2004). Aleksandra served as the President of the Board of the Belgrade Philharmonic (2007-2010). She is the Co-Chair of the Woman’s Government of Serbia, an NGO that promotes women expert potential. Drecun graduated at Belgrade University Law School and got her master degree (MPA) at Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Promising practices in South East Europe


King Badouin Foundation 

Bénédicte Gombault studied law and European law; she is a senior project manager at the King Baudouin Foundation and coordinates various projects in health.  She has a special interest in Responsible Research and Innovation and has been working with different stakeholders (patients, carers, pharmaceutical industry, civil society and researchers).

A social innovation factory


Centre for Social Innovation

Katharina HANDLER is working as researcher and project manager at ZSI. She is involved in research and co-ordination projects, mainly covering participation, social inclusion and science communication. She is experienced in working with qualitative, quantitative and participatory methods.

Sparkling Science and much more


King Badouin Foundation

Sara Heesterbeek is project officer Responsible Research and Innovation at the King Baudouin Foundation. Before she worked at the Rathenau Institute on health related deliberative and participative projects and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences on the dissemination of a Code of Conduct for Biosecurity.

A social innovation factory



At the Rathenau Instituut (Den Haag), Laurens Hessels works on various projects dealing with European research policies, academic careers, innovation and public-private partnerships. Laurens got his PhD degree at Utrecht University for his thesis 'Science and the Struggle for Relevance' (2010). He has published widely about coordination in science, research collaborations, broader impacts of science, and the apparent shift towards 'Mode 2 knowledge production'. In 2014 Laurens has gained experience as a policy maker by his contribution to the preparation of the 'Wetenschapsvisie 2025' at the Ministry of Science and Education.

RRI in the Netherlands



Frank Kupper is assistant professor ‘Biology and Society’ at the Athena Institute. He worked on an advisory project about animal biotechnology and the value of animals, which was later to become the subject of his PhD thesis. His research focusses on reflexivity and learning in the science and society dialogue. He is project leader and senior researcher on various research projects, including SYN-ENERGENE, RRI Tools and Neurosciences in Dialogue.

RRI in the Netherlands


Research and Development Department of Ellinogermaniki Agogi

Eugenia Kypriotis is a researcher working in the Research and Development Department of Ellinogermaniki Agogi in Athens. Her bachelor degree focused on History and Philosophy of Science and she holds an MSc on Science Communication from Imperial College London. She has long worked in the field of science communication, from major science events’ organisation and management to researching and designing policy.

RRI in Greek and Cypriot contexts


Vetenskap & Allmänhet

Business Development Manager at VA, Public & Science. Coordinator of the Swedish hub in RRI tools. Previously: Researcher and Lecturer in environmental microbiology, and Project Manager for science events at the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. PhD in Environmental Microbiology, MSc in Biology.

RRI in Sweden: Gaming and challenge-driven innovation



Sheena Laursen is head of learning and international projects at Experimentarium. She holds a teacher’s degree and a Masters degree in ICT and education. Sheena has lead several national and European projects focusing on promoting and teaching science. Her specific interest is in bringing people together within the fields of science communication and learning. She has developed science learning materials for schools, communication programs and numerous science activities combining science and society. Sheena was the coordinator of the European project TWIST – Towards Women In Science And Technology – focusing on challenging and changing gender stereotypes of women and men in science.

New Approaches to RRI in Denmark


La Caixa Foundation

Ignasi López Verdeguer is Director of the Department of Science at La Caixa Banking Foundation. In it he is responsible for its "Science in Society" program -and for the content of the science museum of Barcelona, CosmoCaixa-. He is as well responsible for its Research program that funds biomedical research projects. He is the Coordinator of the EC (FP7) project RRI Tools which fosters Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe and a member of the Advisory Board of the Responsible Industry EC (FP7) project. Ignasi López Verdeguer is a graduate in Physics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and has done management studies (PMD) at IESE-University of Navarra. He has spent his professional live developing Philanthropy in science and Science in society activities. He is a visiting lecturer at the Masters in Scientific Communication at the University Pompeu Fabra and at the Masters in Museology at the Universidad de Granada. Since 2007, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the Catalan Council of Scientific Communication. He is a membre of the Social Committee of the Science, Communication and Society Observatory of the University Pompeu Fabra and of the Marketing and Media Committe for ESOF2016 in Manchester. He has been Director of the scientific dissemination book collection Transiciones for the publishers Editorial Paidós (2006-2010).


Irsi Caixa

Rosina Malagrida has a degree in chemistry from the University of Barcelona, Spain, and a master’s in science communication from Imperial College London, UK. She is specialised in public engagement and non-formal education activities, mainly on health research. Currently, she is the head of Public Engagement on Health Research at IrsiCaixa in Barcelona, where she is head of communication, co-ordinates the European educational portal Xplore Health and fosters participatory governance through its Community Advisory Board. She is also the deputy coordinator of the EC project RRI Tools, to promote Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe. Rosina previously worked at the Barcelona Science Park, where she was communication director and at the science museums of London and Barcelona, developing exhibitions, experimental workshops, fairs and debates to decrease the gap between research and society. She has participated in more than 20 European and national projects and is a member of the Observatory of Bioethics and Law and of the Catalan Council of Science Communication.

RRI in Spain, already a reality?


Ciência Viva

José Vítor Malheiros is a science communication consultant and a newspaper columnist. He worked as a journalist and editor for 30 years, covering science, technology, education and environment for the printed and online press. He created the first daily science section in the Portuguese media in the daily Público, in 1990. He founded and ran Público's website for ten years and devotes a large part of his time to the teaching and training of journalists and science communicators.


Centre for Social Innovation

Ilse MARSCHALEK is a sociologist with several years of experience in international studies in FP 5th, 6th and 7th of the EC. At ZSI she is project coordinator at the technology and knowledge department, carrying out a range of projects, in the fields of technology and society, transdisciplinarity and science communication.

Sparkling Science and much more


Science Gallery Dublin

Diane McSweeney is the European Projects Coordinator at Science Gallery Dublin, having come to the gallery as a mediator in 2012. She has a background in radio and has worked and contributed to national stations such as Newstalk 106-108fm and RTÉ. She holds a BA (honours) in Communication Studies from Dublin City University.

RRI in Ireland



Mai Murmann is part of the Experimentarium RRI-Tools project team. She works as a project manager and exhibition developer. Mai has a background as a science journalist and as a researcher in narrative museum education and co-design. Her main interest lies in involvement through aesthetics, social interaction and hands-on science communication.

Approaches to RRI in Denmark



Kaat Peeters is general manager of Sociale Innovatie Fabriek, a networking organization that promotes, coaches and supports social and societal innovative concepts throughout Flanders and Brussels. Formerly Kaat was active as director of the support centre for amateur arts, worked at the ministry of Culture and as cultural coordinator for a council.

A social innovation factory



I have been studying the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of West Bohemia. My main major is the Theory and Philosophy of Communication. I work for the Department of Cybernetics as the shadow speaker. Thanks to Techmania I could take part in the RRI solutions making process.

Czech RRI promising practices


Fondazione Cariplo

Riccardo Porro holds a master degree in Engineering Management. He started his career in 2007 working as Programme Officer of the Scientific Research Department of Fondazione Cariplo. He currently manages different projects and programmes in the areas of education, material sciences & enabling technologies, life sciences (NTDs) and technology transfer. He collaborates with the staff of Microsoft, TT-Venture (VC fund) and Fondazione Filarete (Life sciences Business Incubator) promoting the creation of new start-ups. He ideated the Foundation Policy on Open Access and he has been member of the national taskforce on open access (MedOANet Project). He also coordinated a foresight analysis and a study on the Italian scientific research infrastructures. In January 2014 he started working on the RRI Tools project and is the operative contact, together with Valentina Amorese, for the Italian and Swiss hub on this project.

The state of the art of RRI in Italy and Switzerland


Ciência Viva

Gonçalo Praça is a project assistant in Ciência Viva, working on several science in society and RRI projects. He has a BSc in Social and Cultural Antropology (FCSH – Universidade Nova de Lisboa), a MSc in Social Anthropology (ISCTE). He has developed ethnographic work on social studies of science and technology, namely on controversies between citizens, experts and policy-makers. He is also a technical translator and copy editor.

A tool for scientific citizenship: PORDATA, the Database of Contemporary Portugal



After a bachelor in biomedical sciences, Michelle Rijnen received her master of science in health and life sciences policy. She started working at the Athena Institute in 2013 on the project RRI Tools as a PhD researcher.

RRI in the Netherlands


Institute for Vocational Innovation

Tomas Sabaliauskas has a PhD in social sciences, Education and Master Degrees in International marketing management, Professional pedagogics and Management of Vocational education and training. In work life he is the head administrator of School of economics and business, at one of the biggest Universities in Lithuania – Kaunas University of technology. He is also Director of Institute for vocational innovations, leader of several National projects. As a person during his free time he likes going out with his family by visiting different Lithuanian and European cities, paintballing, power kiting and bicycling with his beloved Akita Inu dog.

RRI in the Baltics


University College London

Melanie Smallman is a researcher in Science and Technology Studies at UCL and is Deputy Director of the UCL Hub for Responsible Research and Innovation, part of the RRI Toolkit project. Her background is in science communication and public engagement, having worked for eight years as a science communication and public dialogue adviser within the UK government. She also runs the successful science communication consultancy Think-Lab.

Responsible Research and Innovation - an opportunity for business


Wila Bonn

Norbert Steinhaus holds a masters degree in Agriculture. He joined the Bonn Science Shop in 1988, and became a Science Shop board member in 1990. For more than 15 years he has co-operated in international projects on training and mentoring Science Shops (TRAMS), citizen participation in science and technology (CIPAST) or Public Engagement in Research and Researchers Engaging with Society (PERARES) and coordinated an educational European project for primary schools and kindergartens, and projects for the transfer of innovation in training staff of SMEs. Since the end of 2007 he is the coordinator and international contact point of LIVING KNOWLEDGE, the international Science Shop network.

RRI experiences in Germany



Péter Tamás Szilasi graduated as an economist (Msc) in 1994 in Pécs, Hungary and obtained a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) at Ohio University, Athens, OH, USA in 1995. After his studies he returned to Hungary, where started working in the area of logistics and quality assurance as a leader at a multinational automotive company, then acted as a cluster manager of Pannon Automotive Cluster, the first cluster initiative of Hungary. Afterwards he established a joint-venture engineering company in Hungary with a US partner. Than he joined Széchenyi István University (Győr). First acted as managing director of a newly established automotive research center of the University, than he became the strategic director of the University. In the meantime he also became the director of Mobilis Science Center of Gyor, Hungary. Currently he only holds the later position.

Access to Science for Everyone
- Equal opportunities and easier access to science and technology



Caroline Thon is part of the Experimentarium RRI-Tools project team. She works mainly with the communication of the project in regards to the graphic communication and with developing events. Caroline is currently finishing her MSc in Biology with a Minor in History and Art. Her main interests lies within alternative communication of science and the cross fields where science and art meet.

Approaches to RRI in Denmark


Science Centre AHHAA

My field of expertise is education. In Science Centre AHHAA Foundation I had a great oportunity to work out completely new approach to the scinece education directed to schools. My experience in social entrepreneurship, business administration, project managemant and private education help to look at the science and education from diferent side. I have graduated the 5-year study in international business administration with cum laude and studied entrepreneurship and technology management master programme in University of Tartu.

RRI in the Baltics



Sara Vermeulen holds a master of arts in political and social philosophy. She started working at the Athena Institute in 2013 on the project RRI Tools as a PhD researcher. Before she taught philosophy of science and ethics for biologists at the University of Amsterdam and bio-ethics at Leiden University. Furthermore, she has experience as a consultant at the Technopolis Group, a consultancy focused on evaluation of science, technology and innovation.

RRI in the Netherlands


Center for the Promotion of Science

Divna Vuckovic, Assistant Director for Program Activities, Center for the Promotion of Science Divna Vuckovic received BSc and MSc degree in Electrical Engineering in Belgrade. She holding various management positions in ICT sector for more than 30 years – before joining Center for the Promotion of Science she was holding various management positions with Ericsson, Mihajlo Pupin Research Institute in Belgrade, Slovenian ISKRA Telecommunications and Post&Telecom national provider. Vuckovic currently works as the Assistant director for program activities with a special focus on RRI and gender issues in research and popularization of science and technology careers for girls. She is also responsible for the overall coordination of EU funded projects in the Center and the local coordinator of the FP7 RRI Tools project. Vuckovic was working on several research EU funded FP7 Project related to Smart City services based on Internet of Things technologies that have a goal to create more efficient and sustainable living environment. Her special interest is in exploring the usage of latest mobile and social networking technologies for empowering women and improving and enriching their lives, businesses and social skills. She is a member of the EC COST GenderSTE Management Committee. Vuckovic is co-founder of the NGO Equal Opportunities and member of the Women’s Government. Vuckovic is the author of a number of books and papers in national and international journals and conferences and and different contributions in the area of impact of the use of ICT on improving gender balance and women’s quality of life.

Promising practices in South East Europe


Centre for Social Innovation

Mr. Gorazd WEISS is researcher and senior project manager at Centre for Social Innovation in Austria. His key competences include research on R&D and innovation policies, forward looking activities, social innovation, RRI and coordination of international S&T co-operation projects.


Foundation for Polish Science

Adam Zieliński – deputy director at the Foundation for Polish Science, Warsaw. Adam is a political scientist and graduate of the Warsaw University; he has been working for the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) since 2004 as a program officer and as of 2008 as a deputy director. Previously he worked also at the Stefan Batory Foundation and at the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Since 2011 he is heading the FNP Researchers Development Section and is in charge – among others – of the FNP Academy of Science & Research Management. Between 2008 and 2012 he was also member of the Board of the Polish Donors Forum – an association of independent grant making organizations operating in Poland. He is a member of the Audit Committee of the European Foundation Centre and represents FNP at the EFC Research Forum. Since 2014 Adam works on the RRI Tools project as a hub coordinator.

On the uptake of the idea of RRI in Poland