The workshop “How to make my research more responsible? Exploring RRI” took place at the Politécnica University of Madrid last Thursday October 11th. The training was addressed to active researchers interested in targeting the scientific process with responsibility, as it is currently defined by the European Comission. Carolina Llorente from the Science, Communication and Society Studies Centre guided the session. This course is part of the training program of the European project GRECO.
UPF is part of the Project GRECO, a European initiative that gets together six different nationalities in order to put Open Science into practice inside a photovoltaic innovation project. GRECO wants to demonstrate that a stronger social involvement leads to an improved acceptance and use of innovation products in this field. Based on RRI and citizen participation, GRECO proposes solutions to increase solar cell technology lifetime, reduce the costs, increase performance and support new uses in agriculture and architecture.
Approximately 20 people from different research centres attended the session that lasted four hours. During this time, scientists reflected and debated about the concept and practice of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The course materials were adapted from the recently ended project HEIRRI, approaching issues like inclusion, citizen participation, sustainability, ethics and gender equality.
The debate will take place on Monday, October 29, 2018, at 6 pm at the Macaya Palace.
In this debate, it is proposed to reflect on three issues, especially focused on vehicle decisions: how will they be taken and in accordance with what? Who will make the decision? The buyer or those vulnerable? How do we decide who are vulnerable in each case? We will have professionals from different fields, such as the Public Administration, industry, academia and ethics professionals. We will understand what changes, as citizens, will involve the fact of having smart vehicles, the model that comes along and how our cities and metropolitan areas are preparing for the change.
The participants of the debate will be Dr. Antonio M. López, CVC researcher and UAB professor, Mar Alarcón, CEO of Social Car, Núria Vallès, researcher in ethics and robotics at the UAB, José Manuel Barrios, director of Innovation at IDIADA and Pere Torres, director of the Metropolitan Transport Authority. Gema Revuelta, director of the Center of Studies of Science, Communication and Society (SCS) will be in charge of moderating the debate.
The debate is included in the project “Artificial Intelligence, Ethics and Citizen Participation”, a project by Palau Macaya, funded by Obra Social La Caixa and organised by the Computer Vision Center.
The HEIRRI Training Programmes and formative materials designed for different educational levels (bachelor’s, master’s, PhD, MOOC, Summer schools, train-the-trainer, secondary school teachers), mainly based on innovative and participative methodologies (following a “Problem-based learning” approach) and presented in multimedia formats are available at the RRI tools website.
Some of them have been translated into Spanish. Download them below!
Professors, university authorities, researchers, managers, politicians and all other people interested in higher education are encouraged to explore the HEIRRI resources, adapt them to their contexts, edit them freely, try them out and integrate them in their teaching practices.
These resources give higher education institutions the tools to strengthen their researchers’ and innovators’ capacity for anticipation, reflexivity and engagement; aiming to train citizens and not just only highly skilled workers.
Now available in Spanish here!:
– 1. Guía sobre el Aprendizaje basado en Problemas (ABP) de las instituciones de educación superior y para la innovación e investigación responsables
– 2. Guía de Casos de HEIRRI: introducción a los casos de RRI
– 3. Guía de los juegos de rol de HEIRRI: guía del tutor de los juegos de rol, los experimento de GDF, la moda sostenible, la biomasa, la nanotecnología en la agricultura y el engaño
– 4. Tarjetas con declaraciones
Would you like to keep on using the HEIRRI resources in the future? Are you committed to RRI teaching and want to foster its integration at higher education institutions? Then you should join the Network on RRI teaching at higher education institutions. This network connects professionals from all over the world that are brought together by the same interest in RRI training. Join the Network on RRI teaching at higher education institutions here. You can also contribute to the discussion by sharing your thoughts in this thread online on the RRI Tools Forum, specific on HEIRRI Training. You can post about your experiences testing the HEIRRI resources, raise a question, share a reflection, all is welcome!
For more information: http://heirri.eu/
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