The November Ellipse talks about RRI and HEIRRI


Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is becoming a trendy term — especially since it became a key issue in the EU programme for research and innovation, Horizon2020. But what does it really mean? It refers to a wide range of aspects linking science and innovation to society at large. It is not only about society taking part in research (the so-called citizen science), but also the initial decisions on what type of research should be done and open access to results, gender equality, scientific education, ethics, and governance. Several centres at the PRBB are involved in projects relating to some of these concepts. Ellipse, the monthly publication of the PRBB, has asked Gema Revuelta, director of the Center for Studies of Science, Communication and Society of the Pompeu Fabra University (CCS-UPF) and responsible for the HEIRRI project, to tell us more.

” Responsible researchers are better equipped to answer to society’s expectations and values, and understand how to adapt, anticipate and reflect on their work” said Gema Revuelta. That’s what the HEIRRI project (Higher education institutions and responsible research and innovation) tries to achieve: to integrate the concept and practices of RRI into the curricula of universities and other higher education institutions. To this end, we have developed 10 open-access training programmes addressed to different university levels (Bachelors, Masters, PhD, MOOC, trainers, and summer schools) to help embed the RRI notion in different institutions around the world.
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Participation and involvement at the HEIRRI course on how to train RRI

6e24c29e-3cca-41d9-a6af-b825f6dc47a9On Tuesday November 21st, the train the trainers course “Reflecting on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)“, organized within the framework of the European project HEIRRI, was held in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park. About 50 people attended the course from various universities throughout the country, research centres, foundations and private entities.

The session, which took place from 9:00 to 14:00h, had as its core the reflection about the concept of RRI and how it could be integrated into different levels of higher education. Issues such as inclusion, sustainability or interdisciplinarity were discussed, keeping other RRI-basic concepts such as ethics or gender equality as transversal axis of the debates. The course was aimed at people with an interest in teaching the concept and practice of RRI, whether within universities or in other areas. Read More

Job offer: Research Associate in Science Communication

AS-267475323686931@1440782494644_xlThe Hochschule Rhein-Waal is looking for a Research Associate in Science Communication.

Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Kleve and Kamp-Lintfort, Germany, offers an innovative and international academic atmosphere combined with first-rate teaching and over 30 interdisciplinary bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes, the majority of which are taught in English. Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is committed to excellence in research in engineering, technology, the natural and social sciences, and is home to some 6,000 students hailing from over 100 different nations. Read More

Job offer: Communications’ technician for the Patients’ advocacy Area

logo-fsjdSant Joan de Déu Research Foundation is hiring a Communications’ Technician for the Patient’s Advocacy Area that supports the involvement of patients and family in several research projects. All these projects have an international focus and most of them are in the field of paediatric clinical trials. If you are excited to be part of an innovative team, to participate in a growth area and to bring your skills and ideas to help to communicate research in the European environment: they want you! Deadline: 22 December.

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Job offer: Lecturer in Digital Society/Sociology

AS-267455434297398@1440777752700_xlThe University of Sheffield is looking for a Lecturer in Digital Society/Sociology. Deadline: 20th November 2017.

The Department of Sociological Studies has a major international reputation for excellence in research and teaching across Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work and more recently Digital Media, achieving high levels of cross-fertilisation between these disciplines. It is committed to understanding society and social change, and to research and teaching that improves people’s lives, especially those of the most vulnerable. We are proud to be one of the top social science research departments in the UK, with a long history of high profile contributions to theory, policy and practice. Read More