What does it mean to integrate the principles of responsible research and innovation (RRI) in long-term strategic visions for territorial development? How can public bodies, research organizations, civil society actors ensure that local and regional development policies are inclusive, anticipative, and responsive? The importance of leadership in territorial governance innovation and taking responsibility for future policies, tackling existing challenges and consolidating societal actors’ knowledge towards a shared policy goal and a coherent action plan, and much more, is at the center of the new project RRI Leaders, which SDA will be implementing in the next three years. Sofia is one of four “territorial partners,” together with cities from Greece, Spain, and Switzerland.
The 2-day kick-off meeting of the project took place online on Jan. 26-27, 2020. RRI Leaders is funded by Horizon2020, and is implemented by a consortium of 9 partners from five countries, led by the ARC Fund in Bulgaria.