Participatory development of research and innovation policy (DE0022)
Action Plan: Germany Action Plan 2019-2021
Action Plan Cycle: 2019
Lead Institution: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Support Institution(s): High-Tech Forum (advisory group of 20 academic, business and civil society experts chaired by Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, and Christian Luft, State Secretary at the BMBF)
Policy AreasPublic Participation, Subnational
What is the public problem that the commitment will address?
The 2025 High-Tech Strategy (HTS) is the current research and innovation strategy of
the Federal Government. It encompasses three fields of action: social challenges, futureoriented skills and an open culture of innovation and risk-taking.
The starting point for the content of the participatory process is the new and therefore still
fairly abstract focus on the triad of technologies, skilled workers and society in the 2025 HTS.
This is because basic and advanced training, promotion of research and technology, and an
interested, involved public are all closely interrelated. These three areas need to be closely
interlinked to shape technological or social change. The process expressly addresses people
who work in various areas of our research and innovation system or who have particular ties
to it, for example, through their volunteer work. They are directly impacted by the effects of
research and innovation policy, and also have particular insight into different areas of the
What is the commitment?
The goal of the participatory process is to initiate a dialogue between the participants and
the Federal Government on the future of research and innovation.
In roughly six to eight regional dialogue events at a variety of locations within the innovation
system (at universities or other venues, depending on the regional focus), ideas for content
are to be developed jointly, as are concrete activities. The events will be supplemented
by online features to prepare the events, provide input and contribute to the collation of
findings. A further goal of the participation process is to activate local potential and create
projects and networks.
At the end of the process, the Federal Government will give the participants feedback (as
part of an event or in writing) on how the results are to be translated into government action.
How will the commitment contribute to solving the public problem?
In the participatory process of the 2025 HTS, engaged and well-informed citizens work
together with the Federal Government to shape current technological and social developments and their impacts on basic and advanced training, fostering of research and
technology, and society as a whole.
A broad range of participants will thus be involved in strategic issues concerning research
and innovation policy. The participants will gain insight into research policy while also having
the opportunity to help shape it themselves. The process will therefore also have an impact
beyond the participants, serving to interest the broader public in research and innovation
policy. Additionally, it will provide valuable input to the Federal Government.
Why is this commitment relevant to OGP values?
• As a pilot project for a transparent participatory process on strategy development, the
process will contribute to both greater transparency in government action and greater
• This commitment will improve public access to information (on the dialogue topics and on
the strategy development process itself).
Through regional dialogue events and supplementary online participation formats, the
commitment helps the public to become better informed and better able to take part in the
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