Bulgaria National Workshop Report

The workshop was attended by a diverse group of 18 stakeholders from 11 different organisations. It was divided into two parts: ‘Concept of responsibility in research and innovation,’ and ‘Drivers and barriers to the successful implementation of RRI in Bulgaria.’ Both sessions started with a short presentation, delivered by members of the ARC Fund team. The presentations served as a point of departure for an intensive and productive discussion. The participants first deliberated over what the broad terms ‘responsible’ and ‘responsibility’ in the context of Responsible Research and Innovation may engender. Discussions showed that decision makers, business/industry representatives, and NGOs and science/research actors make up three stakeholder groups with rather distinct opinions on how RRI - a relatively new concept in Bulgaria - should be anchored in both governance and practice.