Campus Gutenberg-CosmoCaixa 2019 already has a preliminary program and open registrations!

Campus Gutenberg-CosmoCaixa 2019 already has a preliminary program and open registrations!

The preliminary program and the registration form for the Campus Gutenberg-CosmoCaixa 2019 of Scientific Communication and Culture are now available. This year we celebrate the ninth edition with a creative and innovative program, made up of more than 50 activities. We have the participation of top professionals who will share their knowledge and experiences with us in workshops, work spaces, debates, round tables, micro-cocktails, shows, etc. (more…)

Is the society capable of making decisions in science and technology?

Is the society capable of making decisions in science and technology?

– No.

That was the majority response among the 15 researchers who attended the third version of the workshop “How to make my research more responsible? Exploring the RRI ” that was carried out in Solar Laboratory of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

For those attending the course, responsibility in science does not imply giving decision-making capacity to the non-expert public because “lack of knowledge”. Instead, they believe that the concept is much more related to the integrity of the research and to follow professional ethics.

 

With these first reflections, the participants embarked on an exploration of the RRI through participatory exercises and role-playing games, adapted from the material produced by the HEIRRI project. Thus, the importance of reflecting on the future impacts of research and technological development and asking for the opinion of society-without this determining decision-making-arose. In addition, the participants emphasized scientific education as the central axis to change this situation.

 

The workshop, given by Luisa Barbosa of the Studies Center on Science, Communication and Society of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), is part of the training program of the European project GRECO, in which UPF participates together with institutions from five European countries and a Latin American country.

 

GRECO seeks to put Open Science into practice through a solar energy research project and wants to demonstrate that greater social support leads to an increase in the use and integration of innovative products in this field. Thus, based on the principles of RRI and citizen participation, GRECO proposes solutions to increase the useful life of the technology, reduce its costs with higher performance and bring innovations in agriculture and architecture. The project is funded by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union (Grant 787289).

 

  

Making research gender sensitive

Making research gender sensitive

On May 16 Gema Revuelta and Carolina Llorente taught the course “Making research gender sensitive“. 13 people registered for the course and all attendees were doctoral students in Biomedicine or Information Technology and Communications of the Pompeu Fabra University (UPF).

The course was specially designed to address gender research, this means sampling, sex and gender analysis of the data and the approach of the research itself (objectives, research questions …). At the beginning of the course there was also a brief description of Human Resources in research (visibility, career progression…).

The course, organized by CLIK-UPF, was offered within the framework of the training program for PhD students.

Introductory course to the RRI in Naples

Introductory course to the RRI in Naples

On May 9 Carolina Llorente taught an introductory course to the RRI in Naples. The course was taught on the first day of the 7th International Symposium on Sensor Science and lasted 1 hour and a half. A total of 20 people participated: 10 engineers and 10 doctors.

 

The participants were engaged in biomedical research using sensors. These sensors are used to tele-monitor people with certain diseases to possible non-invasive diagnoses. The participants were very interested in the importance of the multidisciplinary teams in research on bioengineering issues and how and what strategies could be used to incorporate the visions, needs and expectations of the patients.

 

One participant of the course shared a very interesting reflection: “We engineers are trained to solve problems, we have a very practical and very decisive vision of things, which is why I think it can be very useful to have meetings with doctors and patients from the beginning to take into account all physical limitations or whatever nature, it may be even more stimulating for us to have a general and complete view of the problem.