The IAU 15th General Conference ‘Higher Education: A catalyst for innovative and sustainable societies’  will be held on 13-16th November 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand. It will focus on sharing strategies and practices that demonstrate how higher education institutions contribute to innovation and sustainability.

HEIRRI will be present at the session on 14th November under the title “Responsible Research and Innovation, pleonasm or indispensable prefix for sustainable education?“.  The principle of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has become an increasingly important concept of research and innovation policy. Adding “responsible” to research and innovation asks for a reflection on what R+I without the additional R stands for in today’s societies. Is R+I on its own not “responsible” enough to contribute to achieving sustainable  societies and tackling global challenges?

The session, organized by the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) in the framework of the H2020 project HEIRRI, will debate the following questions, inviting experts from Asia to share their visions on this issue to go beyond the European perspective. How can the needs and expectations of society be put at the centre of the R+I process? How can HEIs play a role in shaping this way of understanding R+I, and what changes have to be introduced in the formal and informal education of future scientists, engineers and other professionals involved in the R+D process? What has to change in the science – society interface in order to make all R+I responsive and responsible and contribute to sustainable development? Would RRI represent an interesting and relevant topic for international membership organisations like IAU to work on?

Speakers:
Chair/ Moderator: Josep M. Vilalta, Executive Secretary  at the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) and Executive Director at the Global University Network for innovation (GUNi)
Chair/ Moderator: Marta Cayetano , Communication officer , Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)
Go Yoshizawa, Associate Professor, Osaka University