The Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation and Smart Specialization (TetRRIS) Project

Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation and Smart Specialization (TetRRIS)

YAGHMA is valued for its expertise in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), having contributed to projects such as “RRI Business Reporting Tool for AI SMEs”, where a solution to enable evidence-based decision-making for Artificial Intelligence (AI) SMEs was provided  (see blog post RRI Business Reporting Tool for AI SMEs). YAGHMA has also actively participated in the project Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation and Smart Specialization (TetRRIS).

The TetRRIS Project

TetRRIS is a Horizon 2020, EU funded project that started its 3 year program on July 1st, 2020. The project aims to bring responsible research and innovation in alignment with the smart specialization paradigm and governance within 4 experiment pilot regions from the European Union, including: 1) Tampere, Finland; 2) Karlsruhe, Germany; 3) Cantabria, Spain; and 4) Szeged-Timisoara region (cross border region of Hungary and Romania). The objective is to systematically integrate RRI practices into the territorial research and innovation system and development approach within each region and help push froward value driven transformation. Working across the diverse European regions also offers the opportunity to share learning outcomes, best practices, policy recommendations, promote mutual learning though exchanges and interaction over the projects duration. It also offers a unique opportunity to make visible and compare different politico-economic contexts and their effects on the implementation of RRI. The outlier region, Szeged-Timisoara, has offered a unique opportunity to influence and make tangible impact in the region, as RRI is a relatively new concept there. Overall, the project aims to implement open, transparent and democratic territorial R&I actions, trigger a measurable transformative and opening effect on organisations involved, and effect systemic change that is sustainable beyond the lifetime of funding.

To achieve these objectives, TetRRIS will follow 4 phases over the course of the projects duration: 1) Identifying and scoping RRI within the pilot regions; 2) Framing and orchestrating the issues at stake while ensuring engagement and participation from stakeholders in the projects research activities. 3) Co-design, deployment and continuation of activities focusing on integrating RRI with S3 within the pilot regions. 4) Policy messages and insights, extracting the learnings of the project to enable replication and continuation.

How YAGHMA is involved

While actively involved throughout the duration of the project as a scientific partner and case leader (for the Szeged-Timisoara Region), YAGHMA particularly provides experience in reporting on RRI and non-financial values and risks. At the time this blog is being written (November 2021), TetRRIS is starting phase 3 of activities of which YAGHMA is taking the lead on road-mapping and developing action plans for the continued operation of the different pilot projects, and contributing to widening the threshold of participants and stakeholders involved in the pilot region(s) activities. For all pilots, these activities range from mutual learning workshops, focus groups, as well as interviews and consultations with experts from the region. Here YAGHMA maintains frequent contact with all pilot regions to reflect and propose possible methods and approaches to address challenges that arise during pilot activities. In short, YAGHMA contributes to monitoring the risks and key opportunities to inform pilot and overall projects’ strategies moving forward.

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For More information, Contact Emad yaghmaei or Ashley Moons

Emad Yaghmaei 

Senior Research Consultant

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Ashley Moons


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