Swansea University publishes ‘The Future of Coastal Communities in Swansea and South Wales’ workshop report

By Graham on February 23, 2022 in News Articles

Swansea University has published its report on its multi-stakeholder workshop ‘The Future of Coastal Communities in Swansea and South Wales’.

The workshop, which was held in September 2021, was supported by the EU Horizon 2020 project ‘Grounding Responsible Research and Innovation Practices’ (GRRIP) and the HEFCW funded RWIF Collaboration Booster program.

Swansea University is one of the five Research Performing Organisations and Research Funding Organisations that is currently participating in the GRRIP Project. This workshop supported Swansea University’s aim to co-create the direction of future research and innovation with marine and maritime communities.

During this workshop participants were invited to identify challenges faced by coastal communities and the marine environment, and to suggest new relevant research activities. Attendees included participants from industry and businesses, academia, civil society, policy makers and public authorities.

The format of this workshop was based on a multi-stakeholder workshop concept created by University College Cork (UCC) for the online event ‘Shaping the Future of Marine and Maritime Communities‘.

The results of this workshop improve SU Biosciences’ understanding of stakeholder views and interests and will contribute to future events and closer connection with communities. Insights will influence the direction of the research agenda.

Download the report HERE.

GRRIP Winter Newsletter 2021 / 2022

By Graham on January 18, 2022 in News Articles, Newsletter

With 2022 upon us GRRIP is preparing for a hectic (and productive) final year. Work is ongoing in terms of implementing the Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) interventions that will facilitate the desired institutional change at our five Marine & Maritime case study sites – MaREI (Ireland), IUML (France), Swansea University (UK), PLOCAN (Spain), and WavEC (Portugal).

In the meantime, we’re pleased to present our Winter (2021 – 2022) GRRIP Project Newsletter. The newsletter contains:

  • Foreword by Dr. Gordon Dalton, GRRIP Project Coordinator (page 1).
  • Interview with Dr. Ayoze Castro Alonso, Head of the Innovation Unit at PLOCAN (The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands), one of the five M&M case study sites in the GRRIP project – during the interview Dr. Alonso discusses the implementation of Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI), the importance of societal engagement and how it benefits PLOCAN as well as PLOCAN’s motivations for joining the GRRIP project (page 2).
  • Partner Profile: PLOCAN (page 3).
  • Article on ‘Democratising research and innovation’, by Dr. lndrani Mahapatra, GRRIP’s Project Manager, where she provides a summary of the workshops that are being done by the case study sites with the involvement of representatives from society, academia, business, and government (Quadruple Helix) to inform research direction and to help lobby funding bodies to consider supporting the topics identified. The article looks at how these workshops can be used to raise awareness of the need to make research relevant to local community and stakeholders of research institutions (pages 4-5).
  • Updates on various project related events and collaborations that took place during 2021 (page 6).

GRRIP Winter Newsletter 2021 – 2022

GRRIP makes key contribution to United Nations General Assembly Science Summit

By Graham on October 8, 2021 in Press Release

The GRRIP Project (Grounding RRI Practices in Research Performing Organisations) was a key contributor at the recent Science Summit held as part of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA76).

The virtual summit, which takes place over the course of a month from Tuesday, September 14 to Thursday, September 30, seeks to raise awareness of the role and contribution of science to the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

As part of the summit a session, held on Tuesday, September 28 and convened by UNESCO, explored ‘Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) for Sustainable Development’.

The session, according to organisers, would “build on the results from two key European Commission RRI projects: RRI Networked Globally (RRING) and Grounding RRI in Research Performing Organisations in Marine and Maritime (GRRIP) to extract lessons and discuss implicit policy instruments such as funding programs, tax incentives, RRI assessment and indicators as a pre-requisite for national calls participation, and explicit policy instruments including migration policies, work permits and statistics laws that need to be strengthened or redefined to support RRI structural change.”

Dr Ruth Callaway’s (FHEA Senior Research Scientist, Swansea University) presentation ‘Implementing RRI in a Public Research Organisation – Swansea University Experience’ detailed the integration of research with societal needs within the GRRIP Project.

Dr Malcom Fisk (Professor of Ageing and Digital Health PhD MA BSc FCIH FRSA Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility De Montfort University, Leicester UK) presented ‘Co-designing structural changes for a more Responsible Research and Innovation within GRRIP project’.

The session also featured contributions from Dr Gordon Dalton, GRRIP and RRING (RRI Networked Globally) project coordinator as well as Ms Juliana Chaves-Chaparro, UNESCO Senior Consultant and Mr Konstantinos Tararas, Programme Specialist, IRD Section, UNESCO Sector for Social and Human Sciences.

The concept of RRI has been heavily promoted by the European Commission in recent years as it is seen as a more inclusive, ethical and open approach with the potential for producing increasingly diverse/engendered science and innovation with stronger governance.

The UNESCO Recommendation on Science and scientific researchers paves the way for RRI relevant aspects such as ethics , diversity and open science. Importantly, the monitoring system for this recommendation requests Member States to report every four years on its implementation and will include RRI related indicators and policy instruments.

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PLOCAN takes over coordination of EU funded projects GRRIP and MUSICA

By Graham on October 7, 2021 in Press Release

The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) has been confirmed as the new coordinator of two leading European research projects.

MUSICA (Multiple-use-of Space for Island Clean Autonomy) and GRRIP (Grounding RRI Practices in Research Performing Organisations in Marine and Maritime) are both funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme.

In assuming the new coordinator role PLOCAN will be required to guide the projects through their respective periodic review processes to ensure they meet the requirements set out in the European Commission’s Grant Agreements. MUSICA has recently entered the second of its five phases, with GRRIP entering its third and final reporting period.

In addition to the new coordinator role at the MUSICA project, PLOCAN are leading the testing, monitoring, operation and maintenance of the multi-use platform on Oinnouses. PLOCAN will also contribute to the replicability plans and feasibility studies of the solution on Gran Canaria Island (Spain).

PLOCAN is also one of five Marine and Maritime (M&M) research performing organisations (RPO) in GRRIP. The aim of GRRIP is to embed Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) in their governance frameworks, structures and cultures.

Dr Ayoze Castro, Head of the Innovation Unit at PLOCAN said, “We are immensely proud and excited to be taking on the role of coordinator for these two important and ambitious projects. MUSICA will represent one of the very first multipurpose offshore platforms in Europe. We fully believe that MUSICA is the logical follow-on from previous MUP projects and is the best route to commercialisation of the MUP/ MUS concept, balancing operator and investor risk, and acceleration of progress.

“With regards to GRRIP, we are of the opinion that this project represents a key milestone in the development of Responsible Research and Innovation in the fields of Marine Sciences. While there has been significant work done on the concept of RRI by EU projects over the past 20 years, many of the projects relating to institutional change for RPO&RFOs have typically focused on one of the five keys individually. GRRIP’s emphasis on the aim of grounding RRI practices in the RPO&RFOs themselves as part of an integrated approach makes it a unique and important project.”

Dr Gordon Dalton, from Ireland, has taken up the post of coordinator for the two projects. Dr Dalton brings with him the expertise of past coordination of two previous Horizon 2020 projects. Speaking on his new post, Dr Dalton, says, “I am very excited to take up the coordinator role for these two projects, and I’m keen to maximize the exploitation opportunities for PLOCAN and the Canary Island.

“I am determined to build and deploy multi-use platform technology in Gran Canaria, bringing construction and installation jobs for the region. Multiuse platforms will advance the Canary islands journey in sustainability, bringing green electricity and fresh water to the islands. The principles from the GRRIP project will ensure that exploitation of the MUSICA project will be both responsible and innovative for the Canary Islands.”

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The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is a multipurpose service centre with land-based and novel sea-based infrastructures to support research, technology development and innovation in the marine and maritime sectors. Its mission is to promote long-term observation and sustainability of the ocean, providing a cost-effective combination of services, such as an ocean observatory, a marine test site, a base for underwater vehicles, training and an innovation hub.

PLOCAN is a joint initiative of the Spanish and the Canary Islands governments, with the contribution of the European Regional Development Fund, and is included in the Spanish Map of Unique Scientific and Technical Infrastructures (ICTS). PLOCAN is configured as a Test Site where projects focused on testing and demonstrating maritime technologies so contributing to increase their technology readiness level (TRL) and speeding up market uptake.

PLOCAN’s staff and management team have both an extensive experience in the preparation, implementation, and management of large projects in the marine and maritime sectors. Since 2009 they have participated in more than 90 national and EU funded projects both as coordinators and partners.



About GRRIP                                                                                                                     

The GRRIP Project (Grant Agreements 820283) is committed to creating a sustainable, growing and proactive marine and maritime RRI community. GRRIP will embed sustainable RRI practices in 4 research performing organisations (RPO) and 1 dual-function RPO and research funding organisation (RPO/RFO) (total 5 RPO & RFO) in the marine and maritime sectors to achieve institutional and cultural change.

The project has 5 case studies in five countries: PLOCAN (Las Palmas, Canary Islands), MaREI (Cork, Ireland), Swansea University (Swansea, Wales, UK), WavEC (Lisbon, Portugal) and Centrale Nantes (Nantes, France).



About MUSICA                                                                      

The MUSICA project (Grant Agreements 862252) aims to create a one-stop trial solution to address the energy problems faced by many islands and coastal regions. MUSICA’s Multi-Use Platform will reduce the need for importing expensive and harmful fossil fuels by harnessing the available renewable energy resources of the sun, wind and waves to produce an autonomous, readily available supply of electricity and fresh water.

MUSICA is a consortium comprised of 15 partner organisations; University College Cork (Coordinator), Heriot-Watt University, University of the Aegean, Municipality of Chios, University of Malta, Coral Ltd, International Consortium of Research Staff Associations, Network of Sustainable Greek Islands, Platforma Oceania de Canarias, Innosea, Aquabiotech Ltd, NeoDyne Ltd, SinnPower Gmbh, INSB Class International Classification Society, Forkys



For more information:

Contact: Graham Lynch, GRRIP / MUSICA Dissemination & Communications Officer

Email: grahamlynch@ucc.ie

Shaping the future of Marine and Maritime communities Virtual Workshop – Summary Report

By Graham on September 21, 2021 in Press Release

A virtual workshop, ‘Shaping the Future of Marine and Maritime Communities’, was recently organised by UCC Civic and Community Engagement, MaREI and ERI in order to determine the challenges that marine communities face and to identify potential research and innovation activities that can help address these challenges.

The workshop, which was supported by GRRIP and CityLabs, was attended by representatives from government, industry / business, academia and civil society on June 1, 2021. The discussions were based on five topics affecting the marine and maritime sector and associated communities: (1) Marine Environment (2) Marine Energy (3) Food Security (4)  Climate action and (5) Blue Economy, Skills and Jobs.

A preliminary summary report from the workshop has been produced and made available, with a more detailed report to follow once an analysis of the workshop transcriptions is completed. The summary report includes an overview on the approach taken to the staging of the workshop, as well as feedback and potential solutions discussed from each session based in the facilitators notes.

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GRRIP to host workshop on Funding Opportunities for Offshore Wind Projects in Europe

By Graham on May 10, 2021 in News Articles, Press Release

Two H2020 projects, Twind and GRRIP are jointly hosting an online Workshop titled “Horizon Europe: Funding Opportunities for Offshore Wind Projects in Europe” on Friday, May 14, 2021at 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM BST (GMT+1).

This webinar will cover the Horizon Europe call 5, Work Programme 2021-2022, Section 8, Climate, Energy and Mobility.


  1. The TWIND and GRRIP projects, WavEC Offshore Renewables
  2. Global review on Horizon Europe calls for renewable energy, Tecnalia
  3. HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-02-12: Innovation on floating wind energy deployment optimized for deep waters and different sea basins, Tecnalia
  4. Introduction and Overview of Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence, ORE Catapult
  5. Q&A Session, Moderated by WavEC Offshore Renewables


Save your seat, register here.

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GRRIP hosts joint workshop event at Triple Helix Summit

By Graham on November 26, 2020 in News Articles

GRRIP this week hosted a side-event at the Triple Helix Summit (November 24 – 26), alongside Fit4RRI and GRACE, on “Institutional change in European Research Funding and Performing Organisations – the power of RRI”.

The three sister projects each presented their vision for how the implementation of RRI practices can help drive and enhance institutional change, with a specific focus on the individual frameworks developed within each.

All three projects are funded under the H2020 Science with and for Society (SWAF) under the call “Grounding RRI practices in research and innovation funding and performing organisations”. The goal is to increase the involvement of a range of societal stakeholders in the R&I process, particularly in relation to:

  1. Citizens’ and citizens’ associations engagement in science;
  2. Formal and informal science education;
  3. Gender equality in science;
  4. Research ethics and integrity;
  5. Open access to research results.

The workshop was followed by a lively Q&A session where the discussion focused on how best to achieve change in RFPOs through RRI-related initiatives.

The Triple Helix Summit, which was due to be held in Bologna but was moved online due to COVID-19 restrictions, brought together leading figures from science, industry and politics under the motto “Designing globally connected regional innovation ecosystems”. The event focused on the challenges posed by the COVID pandemic and other pressing grand challenges and how to address them via digital and sustainable innovation.

The presentations from the side-event are linked below:

GRRIP Presentation by Dr. Elmina Homapour

GRACE Presentation by Dr. Ildiko Ipolyi

AGAUR / GRACE presentation by Mrs Aïda Saez

Fit4RRI Methodology Presentation by Dr. Adrian Solomon