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Structural Transformation to Attain Responsible BIOSciences (STARBIOS2): Protocol for a Horizon 2020 Funded European Multicenter Project to Promote Responsible Research and Innovation

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  • Vittorio Colizzi, Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy.
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  • Daniele Mezzana, Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy.
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  • Pavel V Ovseiko, Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
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  • Giovanni Caiati, Laboratorio di Scienze della Cittadinanza, Rome, Italy.
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  • Claudia Colonnello, Laboratorio di Scienze della Cittadinanza, Rome, Italy.
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  • Andrea Declich, Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy.
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  • Alastair M Buchan, Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
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  • Laurel Edmunds, Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
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  • Elena Buzan, Department of Biodiversity, University of Primorska, Koper, Slovenia.
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  • Luiz Zerbini, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Cape Town, South Africa.
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  • Dimitar Djilianov, Agrobioinstitute, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria.
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  • Evanthia Kalpazidou Schmidt
  • Krzysztof P Bielawski, Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Gdańsk and Medical University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland.
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  • Doris Elster, Faculty of Biology & Chemistry, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany.
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  • Maria Salvato, University System of Maryland, Baltimore, MD, United States.
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  • Luiz C Jr Alcantara, Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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  • Antonella Minutolo, Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy.
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  • Marina Potestà, Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy.
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  • Elena Bachiddu, Department of History, Humanities and Society, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy.
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  • Maria J Milano, Department of Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; Department of Physics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; University of Oxford Centre for Clinical Magnetic Resonance Research, Radcliffe Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom.
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  • Lorna R Henderson, Oxford University Hospitals National Health Service Foundation Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom.
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  • Vasiliki Kiparoglou, Oxford University Hospitals National Health Service Foundation Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom.
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  • Phoebe Friesen, Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX3 7LF, United Kingdom. aurora.perez-cornago@ceu.ox.ac.uk.
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  • Mark Sheehan, Cancer Epidemiology Unit, Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford, Oxford, OX3 7LF, United Kingdom. aurora.perez-cornago@ceu.ox.ac.uk.
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  • Daniela Moyankova, Agrobioinstitute, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria.
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  • Krasimir Rusanov, Agrobioinstitute, Agricultural Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria.
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  • Martha Wium, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Cape Town, South Africa.
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  • Izabela Raszczyk, Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Gdańsk and Medical University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland.
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  • Igor Konieczny, Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology, University of Gdańsk and Medical University of Gdańsk, Gdańsk, Poland.
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  • Jerzy P Gwizdala, Faculty of Management, University of Gdansk, Gdańsk, Poland.
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  • Karol Śledzik, Faculty of Management, University of Gdansk, Gdańsk, Poland.
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  • Tanja Barendziak, Faculty of Biology & Chemistry, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany.
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  • Julia Birkholz, Faculty of Biology & Chemistry, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany.
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  • Nicklas Müller, Faculty of Biology & Chemistry, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany.
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  • Jürgen Warrelmann, Faculty of Biology & Chemistry, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany.
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  • Ute Meyer, Faculty of Biology & Chemistry, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany.
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  • Juliane Filser, Faculty of Biology & Chemistry, University of Bremen, Bremen, Germany.
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  • Fernanda Khouri Barreto, Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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  • Carla Montesano, Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy.

Background: Promoting Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a major strategy of the "Science with and for Society" work program of the European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. RRI aims to achieve a better alignment of research and innovation with the values, needs, and expectations of society. The RRI strategy includes the "keys" of public engagement, open access, gender, ethics, and science education. The Structural Transformation to Attain Responsible BIOSciences (STARBIOS2) project promotes RRI in 6 European research institutions and universities from Bulgaria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Poland, and the United Kingdom, in partnership with a further 6 institutions from Brazil, Denmark, Italy, South Africa, Sweden, and the United States.

Objective: The project aims to attain RRI structural change in 6 European institutions by implementing action plans (APs) and developing APs for 3 non-European institutions active in the field of biosciences; use the implementation of APs as a learning process with a view to developing a set of guidelines on the implementation of RRI; and develop a sustainable model for RRI in biosciences.

Methods: The project comprises interrelated research and implementation designed to achieve the aforementioned specific objectives. The project is organized into 6 core work packages and 5 supporting work packages. The core work packages deal with the implementation of institutional APs in 6 European institutions based on the structural change activation model. The supporting work packages include technical assistance, learning process on RRI-oriented structural change, monitoring and assessment, communication and dissemination, and project management.

Results: The project is funded by Horizon 2020 and will run for 4 years (May 2016-April 2020). As of June 2018, the initial phase has been completed. The participating institutions have developed and approved APs and commenced their implementation. An observation tool has been launched by the Technical Assistance Team to collect information from the implementation of APs; the Evaluation & Assessment team has started monitoring the advancement of the project. As part of the communication and dissemination strategy, a project website, a Facebook page, and a Twitter account have been launched and are updated periodically. The International Scientific Advisory Committee has been formed to advise on the reporting and dissemination of the project's results.

Conclusions: In the short term, we anticipate that the project will have a considerable impact on the organizational processes and structures, improving the RRI uptake in the participating institutions. In the medium term, we expect to make RRI-oriented organizational change scalable across Europe by developing guidelines on RRI implementation and an RRI model in biosciences. In the long term, we expect that the project would help increase the ability of research institutions to make discoveries and innovations in better alignment with societal needs and values.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer11745
TidsskriftJMIR research protocols
Vol/bind8
Nummer3
Antal sider11
ISSN1929-0748
DOI
StatusUdgivet - mar. 2019

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