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.
The programme and registration form for the Campus Gutenberg 2017 on Scientific Communication and Culture are now available. This year, we are celebrating the 7th edition of this event with a programme filled with different kind of activities that will fulfil all your expectations. The event will be attended by experienced professionals, who will share their knowledge and experience in round-table discussions, a laboratory of ideas, mini-talks and many other activities related to scientific dissemination.
We would like to remind you that all talks and discussions will be in Spanish.
This year, the Campus will take place on September 18 and 19 in Barcelona and will be hosted by the UPF Barcelona School of Management. We really encourage you to participate. You can register for free using this registration form. Read More
The HEIRRI project, a Horizon2020 initiative coordinated by Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), features in the last edition of the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN) magazine “the Business Innovator” as part of the article “The Responsible Response”. You can read it online via this link (edition called “Business Sans Frontières”).
The text consists of an interview to Gema Revuelta, the Coordinator of HEIRRI. She comments on the importance of introducing Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) into the curricula of higher education institutions with the aim to prepare the future generation of scientist, engineers and also entrepreneurs to have into account the needs, values and expectations of the society they thrive in. All in all, the interview tells how HEIRRI is relevant not only for universities, but also when thinking about the next generation of responsible entrepreneurs that is being trained. Read More
University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Life Sciences Communication (LSC), located in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS), seeks applications for a tenure track assistant professor in strategic communication in the life sciences.
The successful candidate will carry out different tasks regarding communication:
- Research in strategic and/or marketing communication, using as context of research one or more of CALS key strategic areas: health, food, bioenergy, climate change, community development, ecosystems, etc. For more info, click here.
The European project HEIRRI (Higher Education Institutions and Responsible Research and Innovation), coordinated by Gema Revuelta, director of the Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society (SCS-UPF), from the Department of Experimental and Health Sciences (DCEXS-UPF), meets on 22 and 23 of June in Vienna. The meeting is hosted by the HEIRRI partner Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS).
This meeting will be a key moment to discuss important issues for the HEIRRI project, such as the Internationalisation Call for Scholarships, the teaching materials following the training programmes, and the coming pilots. Other issues that will be discussed are the Exploitation potential of the project or the partnership with museums, together with the communication actions of HEIRRI and the boosting of the Forum Online. Read More
The Kavli Foundation is accepting entries in the 2017 competition for the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards. The deadline is Aug. 1, 2017. Entries must have been published, broadcast or posted online during the contest year, July 16, 2016 to July 15, 2017. Entries from journalists worldwide in all categories are accepted. Nearly 40 percent of our winners in 2015 and 2016 were international entries.
There are two awards in each category: a Gold award ($5,000) and a Silver award ($3,500). The categories are large newspaper, small newspaper, magazine, television spot news/feature, television in-depth feature, audio (radio or podcast), online and children’s science news. Read More
UrbanWINS, a 3-year long EU-funded project, is looking for talented and curious writers for blogging on eco-innovative activities for waste prevention and management in eight European cities: Cremona, Albano Laziale, Pomezia, Torino, Leiria, Bucharest, Manresa and Sabadell. We want everyone living in the cities to be able to discover how eco-innovation happens locally, through attractive and accessible stories told in the local language.
The International Conference on Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society2017 (RRI-SIS2017) will be held in Rome, Italy during September 25-26, 2017.
This is the first annual conference of the MARINA project that aims at presenting the cases studies highlighting environmental preservation, RRI issues, principles and topics related with the research and innovation in the context of the H2020 societal challenges. The concept of Responsible Research and Innovation is relatively recent and it is part of the Europe 2020 strategy with the objective to promote a vision for a stronger collaboration among social, natural and physical scientists, societal actors and citizens in order to achieve a wider dimension of science and innovation and improve the role of society in environmental preservation. With this focus the conference will cover and systematise these themes and will help fill the gap in the present literature. Read More