One of the five objectives of the EnvironMENTAL project is to establish a programme of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) that will:
- enable ongoing stakeholder engagement throughout the project;
- facilitate critical reflection and consultation on ethical and social consequences; and
- uphold the project’s societal “licence to operate” through two-way dialogue with patients, citizens and other key stakeholders.
This is important because the project’s processes and outcomes can raise ethical questions and social concerns as it aims to develop intervention for mental health caused by environmental challenges through the development of various technologies including virtual reality and mobile technology. Also, the project will bring together large-scale cohort-based neuroscience, engage in molecular investigation and engage with large numbers of patients. Taken together they may have additional positive as well as negative consequences that need to be considered from the outset.
This seminar will chart the course for activities that will contribute to this objective. It will focus on four main themes that will be relevant across the research and development activities in the project: data stewardship, responsible technology development, approaches to stakeholder engagement and the broader questions that affect the licence to operate. The seminar is structured as a series of panel and plenary discussions where the main topics will be discussed by researchers and stakeholders of the project. The aim is to identify commonalities but also differences that will allow the design of a detailed plan for the responsible research and innovation work plan in the project.