Synthetic biology (SynBio), “the engineering of biological components and systems that do not exist in nature and the re-engineering of existing biological elements”, signals a new area of research and development in the life sciences. It raises questions in the context of responsible research and innovation (RRI) relevant to many different stakeholders, policy makers and the general public. The proposed SYN-ENERGY Mobilisation Mutual Learning Action Plan (MMLAP) aims to mobilise a wide variety of stakeholders and members of the public, bringing them together and facilitating a sustainable and fruitful dialogue with a view to promoting the societal embedding of SynBio. The first sub-section (1.1) of this proposal is devoted to the concepts and objectives of SYN-ENERGY. Referring to relevant literature, we will first explain our understanding of the concepts ‘synthetic biology’, ‘mobilisation’, ‘public involvement’, ‘mutual learning’, and ‘responsible research and innovation’, (1.1.1a-1.1.1e) and will present our organisational concept (1.1.1f-1.1.1i). In the second part (1.1.2) we will focus on the practical implementation of the objectives and on how to stimulate, organise and analyse mobilisation and mutual learning processes. The second sub-section (1.2) deals with the “quality and effectiveness of the support mechanism, and associated work plan”. Based on the description in sub-section 1.1, the objectives will be related to the work packages, milestones and deliverables of the proposed MMLAP. In the following, all quotes without literature references are taken from the call this proposal responds to.
|Effective start/end date||01/07/2013 → 30/06/2017|