The International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Actors and Implementation will be taking place in Barcelona, on 18th-19th September. The Conference is organized by the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi), member of the HEIRRI consortium, and it aims to provide intellectual guidance and scientific evidences to the challenges of SDGs, with a humanist and critical thinking, promoting research and education to build a fair global community and more sustainable societies.

HEIRRI will be present at this Conference during a parallel session dedicated to RRI “Responsible Research and Innovation: a new concept for a new society?”, by the hand of Alexander Lang, lecturer at the University of Vienna and researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies, member of the HEIRRI consortium. The session will be moderated by Peter Okebukola, Prof. at the Departement of Science and Technology Education at Lagos State University (Nigeria) and, together with Alexander Lang, it will also count with the with the participation of the following speakers:

  • Maura Hiney, Head of Post-Award and Evaluation with the Health Research Board (Ireland) – Expert on ey Research integrity and ethics in research
  • Daniela Tilbury, Inaugural Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the University of Gibraltar. Founding Director of the Australian Research Institute in Education for Sustainability (ARIES) and the UN Centre of Expertise in Sustainable Development. Area of expertise: Learning for Sustainable Development
  • Philippe Galiay, Head of Sector RTD-B7.002 ‘Mainstreaming Responsible Research and Innovation in Horizon 2020 and the European Research Area’, European Commission Research and Innovation Directorate-General. Area of expertise: Science with and for society, European Research Area – Horizon 2020 // European Commission

In which ways do academic freedom and integrity contribute to the improvement of society as a whole, and therefore to the achievement of the SDGs? What channels of collaboration and joint work are available so that the different actors (governments, research centres, institutions, etc.) can align expectations, values and practices during the process of research and evaluation of results? What role should each of the actors involved have? Are we close to the achievement of a common European policy in terms of innovation and research focused (and committed) on the needs of society? These and other questions will be analyzed and discussed during the session.

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