The HEIRRI Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) introduces the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and the different approaches towards it. It will show inspiring RRI practices and activities and give participants the opportunity to investigate RRI in a role-play exercise. Participants will develop first ideas on how to implement RRI into practice and will be given the chance to exchange their views. (more…)
The 10th Consortium meeting of the HEIRRI project took place on the 13th and 14th December in Barcelona (Spain). The gathering was hosted by the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP), who welcomed the rest of the project members to the Rectorate of the Pompeu Fabra University, located in the historical Plaça de la Mercè in the heart of the old town of Barcelona.
This 2-day meeting was a key moment to discuss important issues for the project, such as the coming 2nd HEIRRI Conference, which will be held in Vienna on the 27th April 2018. Under the title “Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI”, the 2nd HEIRRI Conference will present the results of nearly three years of project activities designed to promote the integration of RRI within the education of scientists, engineers and other professionals involved in the R&D process. The meeting was useful to discuss the 60 abstracts that have been submitted to participate at the Conference. The accepted abstracts will be published electronically at the HEIRRI website in the coming weeks, as well as the keynote speakers and the final programme. Free registration opened a few weeks ago and the Conference already counts with more than 190 registered participants. Do not miss out and register now here! (more…)
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.
On 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.
The course was one of the pilots organised by the HEIRRI project, led by Gema Revuelta. This pilot in particular was co-organized by the Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society, and the Educational Research Group in Health Sciences of the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences of Pompeu Fabra University. The teaching team was composed of Gema Revuelta and Mar Carrió (directors), Gemma Rodríguez and Carolina Llorente. The results of sessions like this, together with the evaluation surveys completed after each pilot, will be used to improve the HEIRRI teaching programs.