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Call for action! Horizon Europe needs a specific programme for funding Science, Society and Citizens’ initiatives

The European Commission released its proposal for the Horizon Europe (formerly known as FP9) on 7 June. The current proposal proposes a top-down communication approach where the research and innovation results are delivered and explained to citizens and, contrary to H2020, Horizon Europe does not have a Science for and with Society (SwafS) specific strand. This

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Visit the new section of the HEIRRI blog – International pilot institutions, reaching out with education!

The HEIRRI resources have been piloted within the HEIRRI consortium to test their implementation in different contexts in the countries of Austria, Denmark, Norway, Croatia and Spain. Moreover, in order to have a more diverse range of people using and experiencing the resources, HEIRRI has also organised 20 pilot experiences with non-HEIRRI universities from around

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A scenario on “food”, check out the second HEIRRI video!

As part of the training materials, HEIRRI has developed a second video to be used when teaching and learning about Responsible Research and Innovation. This new video fosters discussion and reflections connecting different areas such as organic chemistry,new technologies, gender, innovation in ingredients, culture, nutrition, society and food sustainability. All training materials, which explain the

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Highlights of the 2nd HEIRRI Conference in Vienna: Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI

The second and last HEIRRI Conference celebrated in Vienna on April 27th 2018 has gathered around 150 people from 43 countries under the title “Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI”. The event has been centred in discussing about RRI teaching and learning, as well as presenting the work done during the almost

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Watch the first video of the HEIRRI training programmes!

Under the title ‘A future scenario on Ageing‘, we are pleased to launch this first video of the HEIRRI training programs. They will be presented today for the very first time at the 2nd HEIRRI Conference in the Aula der Wissenschaften in Vienna! Check out the HEIRRI training programmes at the RRI-Tools website: https://www.rri-tools.eu/heirri-training-programmes.

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HEIRRI internationalization: pilot train-the-trainer workshop at the University of Mostar

On the 16th of March 2018, the pilot trial of the train-the-trainer HEIRRI programme called „Facilitating reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation“, was held at the University of Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was a one-day workshop aimed at higher education teachers and other academic and non-academic staff. Participants introduced themselves through a short

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The HEIRRI Twitter account keeps getting bigger, THANK YOU!

The Twitter account of HEIRRI has been registering great success for the past months. The number of followers well surpasses the 1300 milestone, and the number of retweets and likes consequently skyrocket. This graph shows the progress in number of followers from March 2016 to February 2018, which has been a gradual and constant increase.

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‘Introduction to Responsible Research and Innovation’, outline of the HEIRRI workshops in Brasil and Mexico

The GUNi’s Regional Office in Latin America and Caribbean, together with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM Instituto de Investigaciones Sobre la Universidad y la Educación), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and the Global University Network for Innovation Secretariat, organized the two workshops ‘Introduction to Responsible Research and Innovation’ on the

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Science Café on RRI in Vienna

‘Autonomous Vehicles – A Melange of Technological Process and Societal Behaviour’ – was the topic of this Viennese Science Café on RRI, hosted by the Austrian ScienceCenter-Network on January 18th 2018. The course took place at the WUK – a well-known cultural, educational and socio-political space in Vienna. This public engagement activity was organized within

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Train-the-trainer workshop at University of Split

On 1st of February 2018, a pilot trial of the Train-the-Trainer HEIRRI programme called “Facilitating reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation“, took place at the University of Split (UNIST). It was a one day workshop aimed at Higher Education teachers and other academic and non-academic staff. The workshop was designed to introduce participants to the

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Join this Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to learn about the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

The HEIRRI Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) introduces the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and the different approaches towards it. It will show inspiring RRI practices and activities and give participants the opportunity to investigate RRI in a role-play exercise. Participants will develop first ideas on how to implement RRI into practice and

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HEIRRI video now online!

The HEIRRI project has a new video! Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) has created the picture explaining the objectives, outcomes and achievements of HEIRRI. The video features Gema Revuelta, the Coordinator of the project, Núria Saladié, project manager, and Gaurav Jumde, a student of the master’s “Multidisciplinary research in experimental sciences” who has experienced teaching with

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Public science café in Aarhus, Denmark!

On November 29th-30th, Aarhus University hosted a two-day PhD-course in Responsible Research and Innovation in cooperation between Niels Mejlgaard, Centre Director at The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, and Kristian Hvidtfeldt, Head of Centre at the Centre for Science Studies. The PhD course aimed to introduce the students to the concept

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Join the HEIRRI workshops ‘Facilitating reflection on RRI’ in Brasil and Mexico on January 2018. Registration is now open!

The GUNi’s Regional Office in Latin America and Caribbean, together with the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) and the Global University Network for Innovation Secretariat, organize the workshops ‘Facilitating reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation’ in the framework HEIRRI internationalization plan to spread the project amongst Higher Education Institutions outside Europe.

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Two HEIRRI pilots in Lithuania: the internationalisation of HEIRRI advances strong!

Mykolas Romeris University, in Vilnius (Lithuania), organized two workshops on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the framework of the HEIRRI project’s internationalisation and piloting plan. One of the workshops was addressed to administrative staff (coordinated by lecturer Inga Gaižauskaitė, on November 16th, 2017), and the second workshop was addressed to doctoral students (coordinated by

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New deadline for abstracts submission: 10th December 2017 – 2nd HEIRRI Conference, do not miss out!

The 2nd HEIRRI Conference ‘Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI’ will present the results of nearly three years of project activities designed to promote the integration of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) within the education of scientists, engineers and other professionals involved in the R&D process. It will be held in Vienna

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Summer School on RRI at the University of Split

A pilot trial of the Summer School on Responsible Research and Innovation has taken place at the University of Split (UNIST) from the 16th to 20th October 2017, within the framework of the European project HEIRRI. The aim of the Summer School was to introduce current concepts of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and to

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‘Facilitating reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation’, outline of the HEIRRI workshop in Accra

The GUNi’s Regional Office in Africa, together with the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the Global University Network for Innovation Secretariat, organized the workshop ‘Facilitating reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation’ on the 17th October 2017 in Accra, Ghana, in the framework of the HEIRRI internationalization plan to spread the project amongst Higher Education

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Summer School on RRI: the first pilot training of the HEIRRI project

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. The aim of this

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Registration is now open! HEIRRI workshop in Accra ‘Facilitating reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation’

The GUNi’s Regional Office in Africa, together with the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the Global University Network for Innovation Secretariat, organize the workshop ‘Facilitating reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation’ in the framework of the HEIRRI internationalization plan to spread the project amongst Higher Education Institutions outside Europe. It will take place next 16th October

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The magazine of the European Business and Innovation Centre Network highlights HEIRRI in its new summer issue

The last issue of the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN) magazine “the Business Innovator” features HEIRRI as part of the report “The Responsible Response”. You can read it online via this link (edition called “Business Sans Frontières”). The text consists of an interview to Gema Revuelta, director of the Science, Communication and Society

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The HEIRRI consortium meets in Vienna, together on RRI and education!

The 9th Consortium meeting of the HEIRRI project took place on the 22nd and 23rd June in Vienna (Austria). The gathering was hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS), who welcomed the rest of the project members to the magnificent Austrian capital city. This 2-day meeting was a key moment to discuss important issues

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Resolution of the Call for Applications to test the HEIRRI training materials

The HEIRRI project involves 2 new Higher Education institutions, from Algeria and India, interested in Responsible Research and Innovation and its integration into the curricula for a pilot test of two of the HEIRRI training programs and materials. After reviewing the applications received on the call to test the HEIRRI training materials, which was launched last 1st March 2017 by

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About Open Access and H2020 projects

The Research and Innovation portal of the European Commission has published very useful guidelines about Open Access and how it affects all sorts of H2020 projects. Using simple language, direct messages and revoking misconceptions, the page explains the main ways to Open Access and why the EU advocates for it: Broader access to scientific publications

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The HEIRRI Forum Online keeps growing, jump on board!

Some months ago, we published an article encouraging all of you to become part of the HEIRRI Forum Online, either through Twitter or through the email list. Now the results are visible: the number of Twitter followers keeps increasing (we have reached 900 followers already!), as well as the people wanting to receive the emails

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HEIRRI review meeting: reflections on progress

On March 10th 2017, the HEIRRI consortium gathered in Barcelona to attend the 1st Review Meeting of the project, which also had the participation of the HEIRRI Project Officer, Maria Korda, the Policy Officer Maria Karamitrou, and an independent external expert-reviewer, Peter Gray. From the HEIRRI consortium, representatives from six institutions were there to present

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Call for Applications to test the HEIRRI training materials is now open!

The HEIRRI project calls on higher education institutions from all continents interested in Responsible Research and Innovation and its integration into the curricula for a pilot test of two of the training programs and materials developed by the HEIRRI project. The project, by the hand of the GUNi network, has launched this call today, whereby

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HEIRRI meeting in Aarhus: a Danish colourful gathering!

The 7th Consortium meeting of the HEIRRI project took place on the 31st January and 1st February in Aarhus (Denmark). It was hosted by the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy, from Aarhus University, who welcomed the rest of the project members. During the 2 days of the gathering, the different HEIRRI partners

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Advice papers on Doctoral Education and Citizen Science at universities

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) published the advice paper “Maintaining a quality culture in doctoral education at research-intensive universities”. LERU universities have analysed how they develop and review a quality culture in doctoral education and how they implement quality assessment procedures. The result is a paper with practical examples from universities on how

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HEIRRI at the IAU 15th General Conference ‘Higher Education: a catalyst for innovative and sustainable societies’

More than 300 participants from 85 nations worldwide took part in the IAU 15th General Conference ‘Higher Education: a catalyst for innovative and sustainable societies’. The event was hosted in Bangkok on 13-16th November 2016 by a consortium of Thai universities. The main topics of this year’s conference focused on sharing strategies and practices that

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Nature’s editorial on engaging science and society

The new year has started and Nature begins it as well intending its editorial to the engagement between science and society. On the 4th January 2017 issue, this international weekly journal of science encourages researchers to venture beyond their comfort zones to engage with citizens.  Read the editorial here. Picture copyright: Nature In the context that the editorial

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Join the online forum! A dialogue on integration and a better application of RRI in higher education

The aim of the HEIRRI project is to promote the integration of RRI within the formal and informal education of future scientists, engineers, and other professionals involved in the research, development, and innovation process. Based on the conducted RRI stock-taking inventory containing results of a throughout state-of-the-art review and an extensive scan of projects, initiatives

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HEIRRI meeting in Split: current status and next steps for the project

The 6th Consortium meeting of the HEIRRI project took place on the 3rd and 4th of November in Split (Croatia). It was hosted by the University of Split, who welcomed the remaining 8 members of the project to the Diocletian palace, where the meeting took place. During the 2 days of the gathering, the different HEIRRI

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Reflections after the S.NET conference in Bergen

Last October, the annual S.NET congress took place in Bergen for the 8th time. This event was a great opportunity to openly discuss about new trends in emerging technologies, their policies and fields affected. The HEIRRI project was presented at the session “RRI, education and public participation”, together with other European initiatives like RRI Tools

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All ready for the pitch session at the Opening Science to Society!

HEIRRI will participate at the reception “Opening Science to Society” on the 15th of November at the Permanent Representation of Belgium to the EU in Brussels. HEIRRI will be among the 11 SiS/SwafS projects presented at the Project Pitch session. Núria Saladié, from the Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society (Pompeu Fabra University, UPF) and project manager of HEIRRI,

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New research platform on RRI: “Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice” at the University of Vienna

On 19th and 20th October 2016, the new research platform “Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice” at the University of Vienna (Austria) had its kick-off meeting. The event started with an inspiring evening with presentations on the research agenda, aims and future activities of the platform as well as short talks on RRI in

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RRI at Universities and Brexit, what’s next?

Bernd Stahl, RRI expert and Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University (UK),wrote an article at the beginning of October following the workshop on RRI post-Brexit held at University College London (UCL) on September 23rd. During the workshop, attendees (researchers, research funders and policy makers connected to RRI) discussed

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Juncker’s EU speech and the role of RRI at Universities towards a better Europe

Towards a better Europe: The European Commission’s president Jean-Claude Juncker addressed his annual State of the European Union speech, #SOTEU2016, last 14th September 2016 in front of the European Parliament. During the speech, he highlighted the need for investment in European youth, in order to “help to boost jobs and support local and global growth

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Gathering RRI & RRI learning practices: the HEIRRI database is online!

The new HEIRRI database is now published online and available for everyone interested in RRI and RRI learning! The database compiles 23 exemplary cases related to RRI and RRI learning in higher education institutions, such as EU projects, different teaching/pedagogical approaches, programmes and courses and a policy document and a report. The selection of the

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Pedagogies and RRI in Higher Education Institutions

‘We need another set of skills, which is beyond the technical of the subjects that are being taught at universities. We need to enhance and foster the critical thinking, we need to give a sense of social responsibility. We need them to be reflexive in terms of their own role and responsibilities in the positions

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Benefits and RRI in Higher Education Institutions

“The benefits of teaching RRI in Higher Education institutions are both for society and science. Universities prepare future professionals of sciences and engineering to become part of the society, to be good professionals and to think and reflect about the consequences of their profession, their work and also to think into the future” (Gema Revuelta,

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Stakeholders: who can effectively help to introduce RRI in HEI?

When talking about introducing the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) into higher education, many stakeholders play a relevant role in this task, and should be kept in mind, well-informed, and if possible, engaged, from early stages of the process. Education & Research Stakeholders from the education and the research sectors are very relevant

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HEIRRI presentation at the “Social impact of Science” congress

Last Wednesday, July 27th, the HEIRRI project was presented at the 1st “Social impact of Science” congress (SIS2016). Núria Saladié, project manager of HEIRRI from the Science, Communication and Society Study Centre (Pompeu Fabra University, UPF), explained the initiative, its background, goals, challenges, stages and consortium. Núria also introduced the concept of RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation) to the

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