Regional Forum on Research and Innovation

One of the major innovations that has been introduced by Regional Law 29/2016 "Lombardy Is Research" was the establishment of the Forum for Research and Innovation to advise on the responsible governance of regional Research and Innovation.

The Forum is composed of 10 highly qualified experts in science, innovation and society relationship, selected through an international public procedure. The forum will serve for three years, from 2018 to the end of 2020.

The Forum plays an important dual role: on the one hand, it will act as an antenna with respect to changes in society, identifying new challenges for growth and anticipating the emerging needs of society to develop timely responses, and on the other hand will reflect on and develop new strategies to engage citizens in planning and implementing research and innovation at regional level, relying on experiences  and evidences from Responsible Research and Innovation, Technology Assessment, Public Engagement, Open Innovation, Open Data, Social Innovation and Bio- and Data-Ethics.

After a public call, with about 150 international applicants, accompanied with 160 high-level endorsement letters from Civil Society Organization and representatives from societal actors, on 28th December 2017 Lombardy Regional Government appointed the 10 selected members

  • Agnes Allansdottir: University of Siena (Italy)
  • Mario Calderini: School of Management, Politecnico of Milan (Italy)
  • Denise Di Dio: Ministry of University and Research (Italy) - G7 Working Group "Financing Science for Inclusive Growth" (Italy)
  • David Guston: School for the Future of Innovation in Society, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes and Institute for the Future of Innovation in Society, Arizona State University (US)
  • Francesco Lescai: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, National Institute for Biological Standard and Control (UK)
  • Ralf Lindner: Policy and Society Department, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Germany)
  • Federica Lucivero: Ethox and Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities, Nuffield Department for Population Health, University of Oxford (UK)
  • Marzia Mazzonetto: Stickydot srl (Belgium)
  • Douglas Robinson: Laboratory for the Interdiscipliinary study of Science, Innovation and Society (LISIS), Université Gustave Eiffel - CNRS – INRAE (France); Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), University College London (UCL) (UK)
  • Guido Romeo: Facta Center for Journalism (Italy)

In June 2018 the members convened online from Italy, US, France, Denmark, Belgium, Germany and UK to kick-off the activities of the board. On occasion of the meeting, Mario Calderini, full professor at Politecnico of Milan,was elected President of the Forum. The meeting was coordinated by Fondazione Giannino Bassetti, which executively manages the activities of the Forum. 

On April 10th 2020, during the Coronavirus pandemic outbreak, the Forum provided Lombardy Region with “Flash Recommendations on COVID-19 Emergency”, detailing concrete suggestions on the governance of key issues emerging from the SARS-CoV-2 crisis. Suggestions included: effective and transparent communication; clearly articulated and science-based as well as socioculturally situated measures; trustworthy data and technologies (such as apps) for containing and detecting contagions; innovation during (and after) the COVID-19 crisis. The Recommendations have been driven by a Responsible Research and Innovation approach to guide governance decisions through transparency, trust building and the harnessing of co-creation potential.

Here the full text of the Recommendations.