RRI Tool: Synthetic Biology Deliberation Aid

Helps you by scrutinising the potential applications of synthetic biology, identifying a broad range of risks, opportunities and perspectives.

The synthetic biology deliberation aid helps you by scrutinising the potential applications of synthetic biology, identifying a broad range of risks, opportunities and perspectives. It can also be used as an engagement tool to consider how different people might perceive risks and opportunities and how you can implement these perspectives in you decision making. The earlier you consider the risks and opportunities, and different perspectives on an application of synthetic biology, the quicker you can take action to develop a more sustainable application. The deliberation aid can help you in in your considerations and decision-making to ensure the most sustainable outcome possible from your work.

When to Use This Tool

When you or a group are considering an application of synthetic biology for the first time, or are interested in different perspectives about the potential application.

How to Use This Tool

A set of 14 deliberative questions helps you to explore systematically an application of synthetic biology. The considerations can serve as input for an effective dialogue between stakeholders.

Required Investment

  • Questionnaire ~2h
  • Stakeholder dialogue 40h

Expertise Needed

Expertise level required when you do it yourself:

  • Not applicable

External support:

  • Facilitator can be needed to guide you through the whole process of self-assessment
  • Consultant can advise and help you with the implementation
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Expected Results

  • Early identification of a broad range of both risks and opportunities.
  • Insight in how different groups of people perceive risks and opportunities of potential applications.
  • This helps to make safe and sustainable synthetic biology applications.

PRISMA: Responsible Research & Innovation in Industry

From pilots to CEN-standard  

The PRISMA project has conducted pilot studies with 8 companies in order to help them to better integrate Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) in their innovation process and business practices. These pilots have provided case studies and good practices on RRI.   

Based on the experience with  eight pilots and consultations with industry and standard organization, PRISMA initiated an upcoming  CEN  (European Committee for Standardization) standard for companies aiming at developing a strategy for Responsible Innovation.

This  standard (also known as RRI-Roadmap)   is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.

 

Latest Updates

 

PRISMA Roadmap

Based on the experience with  eight pilots and consultations with industry and standard organization, PRISMA developed a practical guideline and standards for companies aiming at developing a strategy for Responsible Innovation.

The RRI-Roadmap methodology is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.

Jointly with CEN, the European Committee for Standardization,  further steps will be initiated regarding the roadmap. See also our press statement.

PRISMA Pilot Results: Cases & Best Practices

The goal of the PRISMA-project was to draw specific lessons about how RRI can be implemented in industry, ranging  from small enterprises to large corporations to consortia with universities. To this end, the  project included cooperation with 8 different companies in the field of  automated cars, internet technology, drones, biotechnology, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology.

The PRISMA Toolkit for Responsible Research & Innovation

The PRISMA Project has delivered a toolkit for small or medium-sized companies that aspire to develop innovative products and services with which genuine societal needs are addressed and a contribution is made to both environmental and economic sustainability.