Dr. Dr. phil René von Schomberg



January 2022 – December 2022

Short CV

René von Schomberg is Guest Professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany. He holds PhDs from the University of Twente, the Netherlands (in Science and Technology Studies) and the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany (in Philosophy). He was a European Union Fellow and Guest-Professor at George Mason University, USA, from 2007-2008 and has been with the European Commission form 1998 -1 January 2022. He is a well-known opinion leader on Responsible Research and Innovation and Open Science. He is also a leading expert in the field of "Decision making under scientific uncertainty" and on the role of scientific advice in policy. Additionally, he is well known for his work on the Precautionary Principle and for work in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals.

He runs a blog with resources on Responsible Innovation, Ethics, Open Science and Foresight and the Precautionary Principle.

Project Description

The prospects of institutionalizing the research values ‘openness’ and ‘responsibility’in a governance framework ofscience that incentivesopen research and scholarshipfor the production of socially desirable outputs

The first objective of the study is to provide an analysis to what extent the research value of ‘openness’ is part of a particular research culture of a scientific discipline, an interdisciplinary research field or a research mission and what it requires from such research cultures to adapt to research missions in open science mode which are characterized by early knowledge and data sharing and open collaboration. The study will also specify which institutional changes in the rewards and incentives system of science are required to foster open science and whether and how these changes need to match research cultures. The second objective is how co-responsibility of science, policy and society can be institutionalized in a governance framework for the production of socially desirable outputs of science and innovation.

Publications (Selection)

Owen, R., von Schomberg, R. & Macnaghten, P. (2021): An unfinished journey? Reflections on a decade of responsible research and innovation, Journal of Responsible Innovation, DOI: 10.1080/23299460.2021.1948789

von Schomberg, R. (2019) International Handbook on Responsible Innovation, a Global Resource. Co-edited with Jonathan Hankins, Cheltenham and Northhampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

von Schomberg, R. (2011) Towards Responsible Research and Innovation in the ICT and Security Technology Fields Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

von Schomberg, R. (2010) Understanding Public Debate on Nanotechnologies. Options for Public Policy, coedited with Sarah Davies, a report of the European Commission's Services, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

von Schomberg, R. (2006) Implementing the Precautionary Principle. Perspectives and Prospects. Co-edited with Elisabeth Fisher and Judy Jones, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA, US: Edward Elgar.


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