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 first Summer School on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has taken place at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) from the 12th to the 15th of September. This course has been the first pilot trial to validate the educational materials developed by the UPF within the framework of the European project HEIRRI (Higher Education Institutions and RRI).
The aim of this teaching programme has been to help researchers to reflect upon the concept of responsibility in the R+D+i process, and to integrate this reflection into their own professional routines in a practical manner. The 15 participants that have attended this Summer School during an intensive week come from different fields (experimental sciences, political sciences, humanities, etc.) and their level of experience in research is also very varied (doctorate students, teachers and senior research staff, research managers and administration staff, etc.) (more…)
The European Conference for Science Journalists 2017 (ECSJ2017) will be an interactive and communicative event from 26th June to 30th June in Copenhagen, Denmark. We will provide a media platform for streaming video and podcasting from the conference. As a new element, ECSJ2017 will offer work grants for science journalists from all over the world for the production of material during and after the conference.
The conference will have a specific focus on the climate debate with training sessions, networking, creation of transnational investigative journalism and the best climate researchers and specialised journalists in the world. It is a unique setup which will have an important impact on the international debate on climate, sustainability and resilience. Other themes are science in social media, global development, investigative journalism and responsible communication of science. Read more information in the webpage of the event. (more…)
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.
On Thursday February 25th, the final event of the NERRI project (Neuro-enhancement; Responsible Research and Innovation) was held at the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). Nearly 40 people attended the session, where the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and this European project on neuro-enhancement have been explained.
Gema Revuelta, director of the Science, Communication and Society Studies Centre from Universitat Pompeu Fabra, has been in charge of the workshop, with the collaboration of Núria Saladié, coordinator of the local activities of NERRI. After an informative first half, the second half of the