Transforming Central European cities: GINEVRA’s Master Classes on responsible governance of innovation

Date: 29.02.2024

In the developing technological advancements, cities across Central Europe are witnessing transformative innovations that hold great potential to change the lives of their inhabitants. However, ensuring the responsible deployment of these innovations is crucial to navigating the complexities of urban development. And this is the goal of the GINEVRA project – a collaborative effort aimed at empowering cities to effectively govern transformative innovations, with a particular focus on autonomous vehicles (AVs).

The GINEVRA project (Governance of transformative innovation in Central European cities: the AV case), funded by the Interreg Central Europe programme of the EU, is dedicated to guiding cities through the responsible adoption of transformative innovations. Implemented by a consortium of partners, and led by CISE, GINEVRA focuses on developing governance guidelines and citizen engagement tools tailored to the specific needs of small and medium-sized cities. These tools are then put to the test through pilot actions, offering invaluable insights into the practical application of responsible governance practices.

One of the examples of these actions is Activity 1.1 entitled “Establishing state-of-the-art regarding responsible, multi-level governance of transformative innovation,” within which the consortium has recently concluded a series of master classes aimed at fostering understanding and collaboration in the field of responsible innovation. These master classes, which are part of the Work Package 1, were designed to share knowledge and insights on key elements of the approach. The master classes were held onsite and made accessible outside the consortium through web streaming, ensuring broad participation and engagement. Led by the project partners and expert organisations, the master classes covered three distinct themes:

  • Responsible innovation: Managed by CISE in collaboration with EMFIE and KIT-ITAS, this master class delved into the principles and practices of responsible innovation, highlighting the importance of ethical considerations and societal impacts in the innovation process.

  • AV readiness & governance: Organised by TUW in partnership with KIT-ITAS and HARFA, this master class focused on the readiness and governance aspects of autonomous vehicles (AVs), shedding light on the regulatory frameworks and technological advancements shaping the future of mobility.

Deliverable D.1.1.1, representing the edited and subtitled recordings of the three master classes, serves as a resource for different stakeholders interested in responsible innovation and governance practices. Widely disseminated through all GINEVRA communication channels, project partners of the GINEVRA project ensured that the valuable insights shared during the master classes reach a broader audience, facilitating knowledge exchange and collaboration. Don’t forget to watch all the master classes.

As part of GINEVRA’s commitment to transparency and knowledge sharing, the project will continue to communicate its findings and results through various channels, including web and social media platforms. By fostering dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders, GINEVRA aims to advance responsible innovation practices and contribute to the sustainable development of cities and communities.

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