Responsible Research and Innovations (RRI) were presented at IPPG by a leading Spanish  R&D centre’s  manager
On July 10th 2018, a seminar entitled “Excellence in research through Responsible Research and Innovations (RRI) was held at the Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics (IPPG), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The event was organized by Assist. Prof. Georgi Bonchev, head of the research unit “Laboratory of Genome Dynamics and Stability” at IPPG. A presentation on the topic above was given by Dr. Antonia Bierwirth,  who is a project manager at Tecnalia, a leading R&D centre in Spain. The lecturer is also a leader of a working group within the Horizon 2020 project NewHoRRIzon with the objective to share expertise and to promote best practices of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The RRI are aimed at the development of collaboration networks between researchers, citizens, business stakeholders and educational institutions with the ultimate goal to strengthen the research and innovation process and to better align it with the values, needs and expectations of the society. The concepts of RRI as well as its priority axes such as respect of ethical standards, gender equality and open and transparent science were thoroughly explained during the event. Perspectives for future collaboration and transfer of knowledge between Tecnalia and the Institute were outlined at a follow-up work meeting of Dr. Bierwirth with representatives of the administration and researchers of IPPG with the objective to implement in the near future RRI practices in the Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics.


On the 5th and 6th of September 2017, the first workshop within the COST action CA15226 Climate Smart Forestry (CLIMO) was held in the meeting room of the Central Building of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The organizer of the event was Prof. Violeta Velikova from the Institute of Plant Physiology and Genetics at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, who is the leader of Working Group 1 “Climate Smart Forestry Approaches and Definitions”. The meeting was attended by scientists from Germany, Italy, Great Britain, Poland and Bulgaria. During the meeting a concept of climate-smart forestry (CSF) was discussed, initial working definition of CSF in mountain regions, as well as tables with criteria and measurable indicators wеre produced.

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