Over the course of the past one and a half years, in the framework of the FaRInn (Facilitating Responsible Innovation in SEE Countries – SEE/D/0252/1.3/X) project, which was launched for the examination of the regional application of the concept , we have looked at the questions related to the term’s definition, examined what key elements its application has and how responsible innovation can be put into practice in the regional units of our project partners.
During our research work, we have managed to deliver the concept of responsible innovation to a large number of innovative actors and stakeholders in the region of Szeged University where, as a result, the approach has been translated into practical application. Among other results, the responsible innovation concept has been integrated into Csongrád County’s 2014 – 2020 regional development strategy and operative programme. On 19 May 2014, we organised a scientific conference under the title “Innovation Related Social, Ethical and Environmental Challenges” at the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of Szeged University, participants being the representatives of different fields of science, where we were glad to see that our colleagues were open to integrating the cornerstones of responsible innovation into their work.
This book is designed to convey to the general public the ideas which the representatives of the individual fields of science have identified as the points of intersection between their respective research areas and responsible innovation. Our hopes are to bring the reader closer to understanding and accepting responsible innovation and that this concept will soon become integral to the everyday lives of the region’s players.