In the drive for more sustainable futures, research and innovation actors are increasingly called upon to anticipate and respond to expectations and concerns from citizens and policy, industry and a variety of other stakeholders. The cultivation of such processes and approaches is now firmly part of policy initiatives, such as Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

This joint conference by the EU-funded projects “NUCLEUS” and “RRI-Practice” explores the pathways that institutions may follow towards being more socially responsive: What can research-performing organisations learn from the projects’ institutional RRI experiments (‘Practical Pathways’)? And how can research policy incentivise stakeholders to contribute to more responsive science and innovation systems (‘Policy Pathways’)?


Pathways to Transformation is a two day conference with free registration.
A map to the venue is available here.

Please note, that the programme is still work in progress. Register below and we will let you know once it is finalised!

  • Day 1 (20 June) Practical Pathways
  • Day 2 (21 June) Policy Pathways
  • Theatre
10:00 AM - 11:00 AMRegistration

Sign in to the conference and collect your personal goodie bag.

Space: Mathilde

11:00 AM - 11:40 AMIntroduction

The Project Coordinators will give an overview of research results and policy recommendations. They will reflect on the transition process of RRI towards the next Framework Programme, and thus the science and innovation systems in general.

  • Prof. Alexander Gerber, Rhine-Waal University (NUCLEUS)
  • Dr. Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Østfoldforskning (RRI-Practice)
  • Dr. Clare Shelley-Egan, Oslo Metropolitan University (RRI-Practice)

Space: Theatre

Illuminating Pathways to Transformation
11:40 AM - 01:00 PMIlluminating Pathways to Transformation

After the introduction, Pathways to Transformation will start off with two talks, followed by two comments and a panel discussion.

  • Morten Irgens, Pro-rector for research (Oslo Metropolitan University)
  • Dr. Vinciane Gaillard, Deputy Director for Research and Innovation, European University Association (EUA)
  • Dr. Jan Staman, former Director, Rathenau Institute, and Horizon 2020 expert group on Strategic Foresight for R&I Policy
  • Dr. Paul Manners, Director, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)
  • Prof. Alexander Gerber, NUCLEUS project lead (Rhine-Waal University)
  • Dr. Ellen-Marie Forsberg, RRI-Practice project co-lead (Østfoldforskning)

Panel Discussion: Opportunities and Challenges in De Facto Practice

Space: Theatre

Lunch Break
01:00 PM - 02:00 PMLunch Break

Space: Gallery/Foyer

Parallel Sessions
02:00 PM - 03:25 PMParallel Sessions




“Four Steps to RRI”

“Doing RRI in Multi-Partner Research Projects”
Prof. Phil Macnaghten (Wageningen University)

“Choosing the Path to RRI”

“RRI Handbook for Organisations”
Christian Wittrock (Oslo Metropolitan University)

“Practical Recommendations to RRI”

“The RRI Keys; Good Practice Examples”
Dr. Miltos Ladies (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, KIT)

Space: Adolphe Max

Space: Versailles

Each project hosts three sessions of 25 minutes each. Between sessions you will be given enough time to switch to the other parallel session.

Coffee to Go
03:25 PM - 03:45 PMCoffee to Go

Space: Gallery/Foyer

Global Panel – Institutional Change in Research Organisations across the world
03:45 PM - 05:15 PMGlobal Panel – Institutional Change in Research Organisations across the world
  • Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (India)
  • Dr. David Guston, Director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University (USA)
  • Prof. Sérgio Queiroz, The Sao Paolo Research Foundation (Brazil)
  • Penny Haworth, National Research Foundation – South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (South Africa)

Space: Theatre

Closing Session & Apéro
05:15 PM - 06:15 PMClosing Session & Apéro

Space: Theatre & Gallery/Foyer

Social Dinner
07:00 PMSocial Dinner

The location of the social dinner will be announced soon.

  • Theatre
08:30 AM - 09:00 AMRegistration

Sign in to the second day of Pathways to Transformation.

Space: Mathilde

Introduction & Plenary Session
09:00 AM - 11:00 AMIntroduction & Plenary Session

Recommendations from both projects

  • NUCLEUS: Dr. Paul Manners, Director, National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE)
  • RRI-Practice: Prof. Richard Owen, University of Bristol (UK)

Comments by the European Commission and European Parliament (tbc)

  • Linden Farrer, Policy Officer, European Commission (DG Research & Innovation, Open Science, Responsible Research and Innovation)

Space: Theatre

Coffee Break
11:00 AM - 11:30 AMCoffee Break

Space: Gallery/Foyer

Cross-project Declaration & Petition on RRI
11:30 AM - 01:00 PMCross-project Declaration & Petition on RRI

We will present and discuss a joint declaration on “Pathways towards RRI in Horizon Europe”, developed together with other international projects and initiatives.

Panel with Coordinators of the different projects

Comments on the Declaration

  • Dr. René von Schomberg, European Commission
  • Elisabeth Gulbrandsen, Research Council of Norway and Special Adviser at Division for Innovation

Space: Theatre

Lunch Break
01:00 PM - 02:00 PMLunch Break

Space: Gallery/Foyer

Closing Session
02:00 PM - 02:45 PMClosing Session

NUCLEUS project lead Prof. Alexander Gerber and RRI-Practice project leads Dr. Ellen-Marie Forsberg and Dr. Clare Shelley-Egan round off Pathways to Transformation 2019 and summarise key points of the last two days.

Space: Theatre

Register for Pathways to Transformation 2019

Fill out the form below to register for Pathways to Transformation, 2019’s RRI conference organised by the two EU-funded projects NUCLEUS and RRI-Practice. The conference is free of charge.

Which days are you planning to attend? (select at least one)
Day 1 (20 June)Day 2 (21 June)

Dietary preference (optional)
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Do you plan to attend the dinner on the evening of Day 1?

The information you provide will only be used for the Pathways to Transformation conference 2019. In case you registered, but cannot attend the event, please let us know by sending an email to

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does it cost to attend?
    Pathways to Transformation is free for all participants, thanks to funding through the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme.
  • Where will Pathways to Transformation be hosted?
    The conference will be hosted in the hotel Le Plaza in Brussels. Keep an eye on this webpage or simply register and we will let you know when more information is available.
  • Why should I register?
    Your registration helps us to estimate the number of participants. Pathways to Transformation will provide food and non alcoholic drinks for breaks and lunch, as well as a joint social dinner at the end of the first day.
  • How can I unregister myself?
    If you have registered your attendance for the conference, we would appreciate if you unregister yourself in case you cannot make it. Simply let us know by sending an email to