Embedding RRI in Western Balkan Countries


The Research Center for Computer Science and Information Technologies at MASA has been recently granted another Horizon 2020 project, titled WBC-

RRI.NET. The overall aim of the project is to foster the application of the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) principles in the Western Balkan Countries (WBCs) and promote a multi-level steering R&I governance framework. By enabling shared learning and diffusion of R&I, it is expected to enhance R&I planning and Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3) in Western Balkan territories.

The project commenced on March 1st, 2021 and is coordinated by the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

The 13 project partners represent 8 countries of the Western Balkan and wider, such as Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The project is planned to have a duration of 3 years, ending February 29th, 2024. The transdisciplinary proficiency of the team is owned to the academic and managerial background of the partners, acting as universities, research centres and institutes, non-profit foundations, business associations and governmental bodies.

The Macedonian team from MASA is composed of Acad. Ljupco Kocarev and Dr. Jana Prodanova. Throughout this project, the team will collaborate with experts from all layers of the R&I ecosystem and interact with representatives from all quadruple innovation helix framework, on planning an open and inclusive approach, entailing a comprehensive stakeholder involvement, and motivating an engagement with a focus on citizens’ participation.Project activities can be followed at:

Web: https://wbc-rri.net/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wbcrri.net

Twitter: https://twitter.com/wbc_rri

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/responsible-research-and-innovation-in-the-western-balkans/about/

For additional queries, please contact project researcher Dr. Jana Prodanova, at: jprodanova@manu.edu.mk


We are pleased to announce that we will be discussing “Gender Equality Plan Development: Fulfilling the Horizon Europe requirements and beyond!” with invited guests from the European Commission, the Regional Cooperation Council and representatives from research performing organisations from several countries.

WBC-RRI.NET organises an event dedicated to gender equality issues in research performing organisations in the Western Balkan countries as a means to estalbish a knowledge sharing and mutual learning platform on “Gender” as one of the RRI priorities.

This initiative for mutual learning is important and timely because participating in Horizon Europe will require a much deeper understanding of gender equality issues as well as plans for institutional development on the topic, so called Gender Equality Plans (GEPs) which become an eligibility criteria for participation in this prestigious programme (starting with all deadlines in 2022).

July 2, 2021 starting at 10.00-11.30

We will dedicate the first 45 minutes on providing information on current developments in Gender Equality, giving presentations – and in a second session of 45 minutes, we aim to discuss the launch of a working group and informal exchange of information.

Online, on zoom

Who is it for?
The event is dedicated to all researchers, policy makers and practicioners dealing with research across the Western Balkans (and the EU).

Please register here: https://wbc-rri.net/gender-equality-event/