SMART MAP: RoadMAPs to Societal Mobilisation for the Advancement of Responsible Industrial Technologies

May, 2016 to October, 2018
EU Horizon 2020

SMART Map project will aim at implementing RRI in the EU industrial innovation process. It will reach the objective, co-producing and co-designing RRI roadmaps together with a wide range of industrial and societal actors. The roadmaps will benefit from the ResAgora framework that will be tailored for industrial needs, but will also take into account other available RRI frameworks and existing experiences (i.e. CSR) coming from industrial and entrepreneurial players as well as civil society organisations and other actors (research institutions, social innovators, media, society at large) through a structured path revolving around ad hoc dialogue events (Industrial Dialogues) throughout Europe.

SMART Map project will focus on three key time-changing research and innovation topics: precision medicine, synthetic biology and 3D printing in the medical sector. Each topic will be exploited in two paired geographic clusters to cover all the industrial specificities of EU countries (i.e. SynBio UK-Hungary). Each SMART Map will be composed by a general framework but to be applied flexibly to different economical/geographical areas, according to specific contexts.

Furthermore, the 3 topics will be explored and analysed from an RRI industrial perspective separately as well as a in their cross-cutting and interdisciplinary aspects, since a convergence and a strong fertilisation can be envisaged among them. 

Each SMART Map will embed the 8 RRI themes indicated by EU Commission (open access/science, public engagement, ethics, gender, governance, science education, sustainability, inclusion/social justice). A specific board (SMART MAP angels) will ensure that the 8 themes will be part of the SMART MAPs. Further specific features will be also taken into consideration.

Another strategic board, made up by civil society representatives (SOCIETAL WATCHDOG), coordinated by a CSO partner of the project, will guarantee a continuous and strong interaction and collaboration between industry and society at large along the entire course of the project.

The Role of CELAB is to involve CEE stakeholders in the debates, will be co-leader of WP3 (with Manchester University Business School) on Syntetic Biology, and CEU principal investigator will coordinate the Expert Advisory Board of the project (SMART MAP angels).

The SMART Map project will:

1. gather diverse actors coming from industry (big companies as well as SMEs), civil society and academia for dialoguing constructively and collaborating productively to co-design RRI action plans (SMART Maps) in the EU industrial realm

2. produce and release a roadmap (SMART Map) for each selected scientific segment

3. train the industrial players (SMART Map pilots) who want to implement the SMART maps as well as those who will act as multipliers and champions (SMART Map-pers) of RRI concepts in the industrial environment

4. test each SMART Map within a concrete industrial case study (pilot) for each themes

5. assess and compare the three experiences

The impact of the project will be enhanced through the set-up of a network of RRI industrial champions (SMART MAP-pers) in Europe, to connect the local and the international dimensions of the challenges.