Bringing the Ocean to Society
13 Apr 2018
CONFERENCE: Marine Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society

Science Centre AHHAA in Tartu, Estonia, 17-19 September 2018


The annual conference organised within the activities of the MARINA project  (Marine Knowledge Sharing Platform for Federating Responsible Research and Innovation Communities; funded within the H2020 Research and Innovation Programme under GA No. 710566) are the best occasion to reach and federate different Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) groups and to discuss case studies and experiences on RRI principles implementation. Such discussion is envisaged to reflect themes of the marine domain and how RRI may allow acknowledging, aiming to anticipate and assess Implications and societal expectations and, embed them to foster the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation. 

The second annual conference of the MARINA project aims at presenting cases studies highlighting examples where the implementation of RRI dimensions, principles and topics, made a difference in the impact of the research and innovation in the context of the H2020 societal challenges.

The concept of Responsible Research and Innovation is relatively recent and it is part of the Europe 2020 strategy. Its vision is to promote a stronger collaboration among scientists from different disciplines, societal actors, citizens and policy makers in order to achieve a wider dimension of science and innovation and enhance the role of society in dealing with its challenges.

With this focus the conference will cover and systematize case studies and experiences developed in several past and running research activities and projects on RRI on within other context in relation to marine issues. This portfolio of experiences will also include examples of guidelines, approaches and good practices dealing with different aspects of RRI and marine challenges. These themes will help fill the gap in the present literature.

The conference overall aim is to establish, organise and activate a RRI community on the marine challenges, which involves scientists and societal actors working together during the whole research and innovation process.  with the common goals of aligning both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of the society and integrating citizens visions, needs and desires into science and innovation.

A session on "Sustainable practices for bioprospecting in marine ecosystems"will be organised by the TASCMAR project (www.tascmarproject.eu). The TASCMAR session will address the crucial challenge of achieving and mapping a sustainable balance between deriving socio-economic benefits from marine bio-resources, including their chemical products and raising the urgent need to respect, protect and conserve the marine environment, in line with main EU Blue Growth strategy and policies. This session welcomes contributions that engage with sustainable and ethical practices for bioprospecting in largely unexplored marine ecosystems in oceans and seas worldwide. In addition, contributions will focus on innovative and sustainable strategies and technologies for obtaining bioactive compounds from marine ecosystems.

Specific themes of interest to RRI-SIS MARINA 2018 include but are not limited to:

  • Tourism and coastal cities 

  • Pollution caused by human and sea pressures

  • Fisheries and aquaculture

  • Renewable energy (wave, wind, tidal)

  • Marine changes caused by climate

  • Marine Biotech

  • Sea Transportation

  • Deep Sea Mining

The submitted papers are encouraged to discuss the specific theme(s) of marine challenges in the perspective of governance, public engagement and inclusion in the RRI process.

Scientific information plays a fundamental role to provide “evidence base” for policy and governance. However, within the process of knowledge generation “the public” (society, its actors and their values) is only marginally involved, more frequently just to receive information rather than contributing to set the scientific agenda goals and in its process. Capacities of policy makers and researchers to engage with the public and involve stakeholders from the early of programming research to its enforcement and the assessment of its results will be explored in this perspective.

Science education and communication in RRI actions

The section explores how to deliver guidelines and good practices for RRI and promote them to CSOs, industry stakeholders, policy and decision makers, research funders, educational institutions to foster their adoption as a potential benchmark in setting-up RRI processes. This will produce a strong impact on education of citizens and stakeholders.

Gender and Ethical issues in RRI initiatives

Gender and ethical issues are very relevant in all research activities as aspects of representativeness, risks and in some situation of minority rights. This section will report best practices and methods for taking into account these issues.

Sustainability of RRI processes

The RRI processes imply steps accompanying the different research tasks and this section will explore their sustainability, assessment and added value on the research results.

Paper Submission

Submissions must be in an electronic form as PDF format and should be uploaded using the Easychair system.

The submitted paper should be at most 10 single-space printed pages. Please use the following templates to generate your PDF: MS Word.

Papers that fail to comply with length limit will be rejected. Submissions will be peer-reviewed by at least 3 peer reviewers. After the preliminary notification date, authors rebut by evidence and arguments all reviewer inquiries and their comments. Based on the rebuttal feedback, reviewers notify authors with the final decision. Selection criteria will include: relevance, significance, impact, originality, technical soundness, and quality of presentation. Preference will be given to submissions that take strong or challenging positions on important emergent topics related to Responsible Research and Innovation. At least one author should attend the conference to present the paper.

The Conference Proceedings will be submitted to Springer to be considered in “SpringerBriefs in Research and Innovation Governance” series (http://www.springer.com/series/13811) as in the edition of the RRI-SIS2017.

 Paper submission is available online via EasyChair at https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=rrisismarina2018

Special issues and Journal Publication

Extended versions of selected papers will be published in several peer reviewed international journals. The list of journals will be announced later.

Important Dates

  • June 5, 2018: Deadline for abstract submission
  • June 15, 2018: Deadline for paper submission
  • July 14, 2018: Notification of acceptance
  • July 31, 2018: Submission deadline for the final version of the papers 
  • August 14, 2018: deadline for conference registration
  • September 17-19, 2018: RRI-SIS MARINA Conference


Tartu, Estonia

RRI-SIS MARINA Call for Track Proposals

A track proposal should contain the following items:

  • Track title and Acronym

  • Goals and topics

  • Background of the track and general targeted audience

  • Organizers and their affiliations

  • Program committee

Please submit a proposal (PDF or MS Word document) containing no more than two pages by email to Fernando Ferri at the following e-mail: marina.conference@irpps.cnr.it not later than March 19th, 2018. You will get a feedback one week after the submission.

Conference registration fee

The regular registration fee is of €180.

The students registration fee is of €100.

The registration fee includes the volume of the proceedings of the Evidence based policy making and RRI Conference, the coffee breaks and lunch during the three days of the multiconference and gives access to all the joint conferences organised in the framework of the M-RRI-SIS 2018 (https://rri-sis.wixsite.com/m-rrisis2018).

For any question, please send an e-mail to marina.conference@irpps.cnr.it