DigiTeRRI at the SeeRRI Final Conference, Barcelona

From the 29th to the 30th of September, members of the DigiTeRRI´s Advisory Board participated of the SeeRRI Final Conference at Casa de Convalescència, of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), city of Barcelona. 

This event had the objective to officialize the project’s termination and expose it’s results to the community, involving stakeholders from the government, academia, organizations and citizens. 

As a part of the Science with and for Society (SwafS-14) of the EU Horizon 2020 programs, SeeRRI project´s approaches became relevant insights for the DigiTeRRI Project´s purposes by both working under the perspective of RRI from different aspects of I&D and EU territories development.  

By the other hand, Marianne Hörlesberger, DigiTeRRI Project coordinator and representative from the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) for the SeeRRI Project, was responsible for the foresight and stakeholder process applied in SeeRRI and has collaborated from the perspective of the Lower Australia territory along with ecoplus, to define the territory´s challenge: “The plastics Industry in Lower Austria will contribute significantly to a climate-compatible, environmentally friendly, resource-conserving economy through research and development of products taking into account the entire value chain”. The vision is for the plastic industry to take into account their social and environmental responsibility for a better future. 

From DigiTeRRI´s perspective, lessons about the dimension of the need of digitization in the still traditional industries for the regions of Lower Austria, became one of the main realizations. Digitalization through RRI approaches will bring not only functional solutions but also social and ecological benefits in the development and growth of industries in the framework of the globalized economy.   

Much work is still to be done, but solutions could be found by RRI approaches in the digitalization of industries, like the plastic and recycling industries, by which technologies could lead to environmental and social impacts. SeeRRI has succeeded in maximizing the collaboration of stakeholders and to introduce a responsibility perspective in innovation processes and holistic thinking in the plastic sector of the region.