Welcome to the latest from CSIRO’s Responsible Innovation Future Science Platform (RI FSP).
In this first newsletter for 2023, I am pleased to share a host of new research that demonstrates how responsible innovation is becoming embedded in the way we work at CSIRO. We're contributing to diverse science and technology portfolios and delivering benefit for Australians across all aspects of our lives.
Mission-driven science, including through CSIRO’s Mission program similarly aims to create value for all Australians through research programs designed to tackle Australia’s greatest challenges. But what would it mean to bring responsible innovation to our mission driven science portfolio? A new paper led by Dr Simon Fielke has brought responsible innovation and mission-oriented innovation together to find out what value can be created by combining these approaches.
Hydrogen energy technologies promise to deliver immense benefits to Australians in the energy transition. But like any new industry, this comes with potential challenges. Dr Mitch Scovell has led new research with our Hydrogen Energy FSP on what the Australian public think about hydrogen energy right across the supply chain - not just how it is used but also its production, storage and transport. I am also delighted Mitch has been invited to share this research at the next International Association of Impact Assessment conference in Malaysia this May in a special session on global technology assessment for impact.
Our team has also been applying responsible innovation to the field of healthcare. In partnership with our Transformational Bioinformatics program, Dr Yuwan Malakar has led new research on patient ownership of genomic data in Australia. The research explores balancing advances in medical science with improved healthcare outcomes and patient privacy to examine what is required to build a more digitally literate health system.