TRANSFORM is a EU H2020 funded that aims to introduce citizen engagement practices into the governance of regional research and innovation (R&I), dealing in particular with Smart Specialization Strategies (S3). Three methodologies are being tested to transform R&I projects from the triple to the quadruple helix by introducing citizen participation: participatory research agenda setting (Lombardy), citizen science (Catalonia) and design thinking for social innovation (Brussels-Capital). Under the common framework of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), each region is piloting actions aimed at implementing open and inclusive processes that better link local R&I priorities to social needs through the involvement of quadruple helix stakeholders (business, research, civil society and public administration).
The regional clusters work closely with regional Think Tanks (regional quadruple helix R&I stakeholders), ensuring that different needs and perspectives are taken into account.
In June 2020 the Catalan Think Tank was launched, with the participation of 55 members from 42 triple helix organizations of the Catalan R&I ecosystem: 12 regional government agencies and departments, 13 local governments, 14 relevant universities & research centers and 3 key companies. Organizations from civil society will be engaged soon.
During 2020, four participatory capacity building webinars were developed with the aim of increasing knowledge in relation to RRI and citizen science and generating a space to foster dialogues between decision makers and researchers, both from the public and private sectors.
The poster shows the results of the collective reflection made around the following question: what role should each of the actors of the quadruple helix play in order to consolidate the potential of citizen science and citizen-generated data as informers of more efficient and socially aligned public policies?
Author: TRANSFORM, Project Coordinator: Angela Simone