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Making Waves

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The Southern Regional Assembly hosted the final event for phase-1 of the MARIE project to celebrate achievements resulting from the work of the dedicated partners over the last three years.  The event took place in collaboration with the Responsible Innovation Summit, in the historic Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin on 30 October 2019.  This pioneering event brought together innovators who are committed to making a positive impact with their work and committed leaders of change.

Over 200 delegates attended the summit and The Southern Regional Assembly and partners of the MARIE project joined these leaders of change who spanned across a variety of sectors to celebrate the positive change promoted through the event.  Assistant Director, Derville Brennan, took to the main stage to join the discussion on how to maximise the responsible impact of money on the ground and how participation on Interreg projects such as MARIE have raised awareness on how to incorporate an element of responsibility into the roll-out of funding.  During the event, there was much discussion around the critical role of effective policies being in place to create the right conditions for responsible innovation and the need for a transformative change in mind-set.  A key message arising from the day was profit does not have to be forfeited for responsible work practices, they can be tandem goals.

LEARN – COLLABORATE – CELEBRATE – INSPIRE CHANGE

The partners of the MARIE project took part in demonstrating ‘research in action’ with the lead partner from the Agency of the Chamber of Commerce in Romagna, Italy highlighting the accomplishments already achieved through the project in mainstreaming responsible innovation into regional policy.  The partners also hosted a ‘topic table’, which took the format of a moderated conversation where innovative ideas were debated within the realms of the project.  There was a very positive reaction to the work being done on the MARIE project, which is one of the first to provide a path to take RRI from a concept to embedding it in public policy.        

The MARIE Project

The Southern Regional Assembly as a partner in the MARIE project is seeking to improve regional public policy that supports delivery of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in design, production and distribution of innovation in Smart Specialisation Sectors (S3). Policy changes within the project are expected to lead to a greater awareness of the socio-economic benefits of responsibility, to prevent the negative impact and create a better quality of life.

MARIE is part-funded by the Interreg Europe Programme, through the European Regional Development Fund and is led by the Special Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Florì-Cesena, Italy.

MARIE will run until 2021, find out more about MARIE here.

Project Contact: Karen Coughlan, EU Projects Officer, Southern Regional Assembly

Phone: +353 (0) 51 860 706          Email: kcoughlan@southernassembly.ie

The Southern Regional Assembly as a partner in the MARIE project is seeking to improve regional public policies that supports the delivery of Responsible Research and innovation in Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) sectors.

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