Great turnout for the first Summer School on RRI

IMG_1744_optThe 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.) Read More

European Conference for Science Journalists 2017

Paneldebat_closeup_4_marts_2014_0The 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. Read More

A database of inspiring practices of RRI is now available online


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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Genetics, fracking and vaccines: hot topics at the final NERRI workshop

DSC_0154On 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
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Free registration to HEIRRI Conference is now open!

SOLID 1The 1st Conference of the European project HEIRRI (Higher Education Institutions and Responsible Research and Innovation), which will take place on March 18th at the science museum CosmoCaixa in Barcelona, is now open for inscriptions. To register for free fill this form:

The 1st HEIRRI Conference, with the title “Teaching Responsible Research and Innovation at University”, will bring together professionals working in Research and Innovation, including higher education institutions, research centres, institutions of formal and informal learning, public institutions, industry, and civil society organisations.
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The HEIRRI project launches its blog


GRADIENTThe HEIRRI project has launched its new blog  to present the development of this Horizon2020 initiative which aims to integrate the concept of “Responsible Research and Innovation” (RRI) in the science and engineering degrees.

The blog features information about events and activities throughout HEIRRI, including news, press releases and relevant resources about Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The new blog also links with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and, soon, Researchgate, and also offers a general view of current activities and ongoing projects related to RRI.
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Workshop “Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in action”: final event of the NERRI project

nerritallerThe next 25th of February from 18h to 20h, the Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society of Pompeu Fabra University (SCS-UPF)  will organize a workshop on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as the final event to celebrate the ending of the NERRI Project (Neuro-enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation). The event is open to the public and will take place at the Charles Darwin room of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). The workshop is structured to discover the different models of citizen participation in the framework of the experience with NERRI. The main results of the project will be analyzed, in particular, the opinions and attitudes of the European citizenship towards the research and application of techniques to increase cognitive capacities in healthy individuals (memory, calculus, concentration capacity, etc.).
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Call of Abstracts for the 1st HEIRRI Conference

herri_conmarco_solidThe 1st HEIRRI Conference, Teaching Responsible Research and Innovation at University, will take place in Barcelona on March 18th 2016. The event will bring together around 100 professionals from European organisations working in Research and Innovation, including higher education institutions, research centres, institutions of formal and informal learning, public institutions, industry, and civil society organisations. Preliminary conference programme here.
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Lecture by Jeroen van den Hoven about RRI and H2020

Jeroen van den Hoven

Jeroen van den Hoven , a renowned expert on Values and Technology and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), will be on November 4th in Barcelona giving the lecture “Responsible innovation: a new paradigm in H2020

The speaker will bring us his experience at the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research in implementing RRI at a practical level and will explain the importance of RRI  to align research and innovation with the needs, values and expectations of society and to overcome controversies related to new technologies.
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Call for proposals for the European Foundations Award for Responsible Research and Innovation

efarriThe European Foundations Award for Responsible Research & Innovation has been launched with the aim of celebrating excellent research practices in which the process requirements of RRI have successfully been integrated throughout the research process.  There will be three award winners of 20.000€ each.

Universities, research centres, individual researchers, research consortia, civil society organizations and any other type of organization involved in a responsible research practice in Europe can apply to the award. The research must be ongoing or has been finalised not earlier than 2013.
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