In the first round of participatory workshops convened in November-December 2018, the RI-PATHS consortium took stock of the existing approaches of socio-economic IA with stakeholders from different types of RIs and tried to explore possible options for their future improvement. During the workshops held at CERN, ALBA and ELIXIR, the participants reflected on the motivations, existing practices and limitations they encounter and on that basis suggested which areas the future work in the RI-PATHS projects should focus on. Against different backgrounds, directors, policy officers and impact assessment specialists of RIs pointed out which impact areas are, in their view, the most important to monitor in the political domain and through which specific pathways they see the related impacts evolve in practice.
In summary, the participants expressed a strong interest in methodologies going beyond mere economic impacts, while, at the same time, they admitted that those continue to constitute the core of the current IA activities. Furthermore, the participants emphasised that during the subsequent steps of the RI-PATHS project choices will have to be made between various possible approaches to offer sufficiently concrete guidance on applicable methodologies. Hence, the RI-PATHS project will continue to pursue a broad-based approach but, in the following round of participatory workshops, will focus on selected impact areas for an in-depth methodological consideration. The full outcome report from the first round of workshops will be made available in February 2019.
The second round of workshops will be held:
- 8 May 2019 at DESY (Hamburg, Germany) with a focus on quantifiable economic impacts of RIs. Learn more
- 9 May 2019 at ELIXIR (Cambridge, UK) with a focus on new ways of documenting network effects in research, innovation and training. Learn more
- 10 May 2019 at ALBA (Barcelona, Spain) with a focus on exploring impact-relevant interactions between RIs and users. Learn more
On 12-13 November 2018, the League of European Accelerator- based Photon Sources (LEAPS) celebrated the first Plenary Meeting in Hamburg. The event gathered more than 150 representatives from the 16 member facilities of LEAPS, coming from 10 different countries, and counting with the presence of the directors of all the facilities. The RI- PATHS project was presented at the poster session as well as one of the pilot projects’ presentation, devoted to impact assessment methodology.