How to make my research more responsible? A training course for GRECO

How to make my research more responsible? A training course for GRECO

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.

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Gema Revuelta will moderate the debate: “Autonomous mobility: when the car decides”

Gema Revuelta will moderate the debate: “Autonomous mobility: when the car decides”

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.

2018 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards

2018 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards

Since their inception in 1945, the AAAS Science Journalism Awards have honored professional journalists for distinguished reporting on the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. In recognition of a generous endowment by The Kavli Foundation, the awards now are called the AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards, and the contest is open to journalists worldwide. The competition is open to journalists around the world. (more…)

Job offer: Science Communications Officer at CEITEC

Job offer: Science Communications Officer at CEITEC

brussels-519965_960_720Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) is looking for a creative and enthusiastic Science Communications Officer to liase with the external science and business community. This role will require the ability to research, write and edit scientific content, articles and features. As Science Communications Officer, you will need to understand complex scientific information, theories and practices. The candidate should be able to write in clear, concise and accurate language (in English) that can be understood by the general public, and appreciated by the scientific community. Application deadline: 30/11/2017

CEITEC has been created to catalyse the existing basic and applied research in South Moravia to reach new levels. Its purpose is not only to provide its researchers with the best equipment and new laboratory facilities, but to engage in scientific discovery at a glo­bally competitive level. (more…)

A database of inspiring practices of RRI is now available online

A database of inspiring practices of RRI is now available online

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An online database that makes available to the public a selection of practical and inspiring learning more about Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has been created as part of the Higher Education Institutions & Responsible Research and Innovation (HEIRRI). 23 exemplary cases are presented in this database, which is an indispensable resource for everyone who works at the forefront of RRI.

The final selection of 23 was made based on the HEIRRI State of the Art Review, which reviewed hundreds of different outcomes ranging from traditional academic papers to training materials, courses, expert interviews, EU projects and more. The review was designed to explore the different ways in which issues of responsibility in R&I can be taught and trained in higher educational institutions.
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HEIRRI participation at RRI conference “Shaping new horizons”

HEIRRI participation at RRI conference “Shaping new horizons”

conference3On January 14th and 15th, the HEIRRI project was presented at the conference “RRI shaping new horizons: Responsible Research and Innovation in Europe and across the World” in Brussels. The event was organized by four major European projects: GREAT, ProGReSS, Res-Agora, and Responsibility, that together are the Go4 projects.

Gema Revuelta, coordinator of the HEIRRI project, and Núria Saladié, its project manager (both from the Studies Center on Science, Communication and Society from Universitat Pompeu Fabra), went to Brussels to present the initiative among professionals interested in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) from all around the world, coming from both public and private sectors.
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