Last Monday 19th November, Luisa Barbosa from the Science, Communication and Society Studies Centre carried out the second edition of the workshop “How to make my research more responsible? Exploring RRI”. This time, an institute of applied research in renewable energy in Berlin, the Reiner Lemoine Institut, hosted the event. This course is part of the training program of the European project GRECO.
Approximately 20 solar energy researchers from different countries as Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, Portugal and Sweden attended the session. During four hours, the scientists reflected and debated upon the concept and practice of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and on how to apply it to their investigation. The course materials were adapted from the recently finalized project HEIRRI, approaching issues like inclusion, citizen engagement, sustainability, ethics, gender equality and open science.
The Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) is part of the GRECO project, a European initiative that gets together six different nationalities in order to put Open Science into practice in the context of photovoltaic research and innovation. GRECO wants to demonstrate that a stronger social involvement leads to an improved acceptance and use of innovative 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.
If you wish to know more, the project introductory video has just been launched!
GRECO is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program under grant contract number 787289.
Last Friday, November 16, Gema Revuelta participated in the European Day for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics. The day took place in the Ministry of Health, Consumption and Social Welfare (Pº del Prado 18-20, Madrid).
Every year since 2008, the European Day for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics is celebrated, an initiative promoted by the European Center for the Prevention and Control of Diseases (ECDC). Its objective is to raise awareness about the risks associated with the inappropriate use of antibiotics and to make a call to responsible consumption, both in human health and in animal health, to prevent the emergence and development of resistance to antimicrobials.
On the occasion of this celebration, the Spanish Agency for Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS), coordinator of the PRAN, organizes this informative day that aims to raise awareness in society in general and in professionals of the importance of the prudent use of antibiotics and the seriousness of the problem of antimicrobial resistance.
More information about the event: http://resistenciaantibioticos.es/es/eventos/jornada-del-dia-europeo-para-el-uso-prudente-de-los-antibioticos-2018
Complete program: http://resistenciaantibioticos.es/es/system/files/field/files/prog-j-dia-prudente-antibioticos-2018_1.pdf?file=1&type=node&id=449&force=0
On November 6, Carolina Llorente gave a talk entitled “Gender perspective for a responsible research” within the framework of the 4th PhD Symposium of ISGlobal.
During the talk, she briefly reviewed what is considered “genered research” and why it is important in different fields of research. He also spoke about gender equality within research staff and mentioned various studies that have been done to assess the problem.
More information: https://www.isglobal.org/en/new/-/asset_publisher/JZ9fGljXnWpI/content/el-cuarto-simposio-predoctoral-de-isglobal-abre-con-las-desigualdades-en-salud
On June 26th, the HEIRRI Consortium gathered in Barcelona to celebrate the last meeting of the project, due to conclude at the end of August. The team used this opportunity to share final results of the several tasks of the project, but it was most of all a time for discussion and reflection about what the group has achieved during the three years of work. (more…)
An international team of researchers has revealed the views held by the citizens of Europe and the United States on the hypothetical use of “neuroenhancement” techniques among academics and professionals. The term “neuroenhancement” refers to the application, in healthy people, of a technique or substance to improve a strategic cognitive ability, such as memory, concentration, calculation, etc. The use of these technologies is not usually questioned when applied in the treatment of diseases. The difference this research contributes is that what it explores is what the general population thinks about its use and research in healthy people. (more…)
The second and last HEIRRI Conference celebrated in Vienna on April 27th 2018 has gathered around 150 people from 43 countries under the title “Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI”. The event has been centred in discussing about RRI teaching and learning, as well as presenting the work done during the almost three years of project. (more…)