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 audience.

The HEIRRI presentation took place in the interdisciplinary paper session P15 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm, together with other initiatives, such as ‘Relationship between the inclusive center profile and academic performance of primary schools in Catalonia’ and ‘The impact of some initiatives based on the STEM methodology and designed to bring science and technology closer to secondary school students’.

Davinia Hernández-Leo, member of the HEIRRI consortium from Pompeu Fabra University, participated at the plenary session ‘Global partnership for development. The role of academia in empowering participatory and collaborative action’, giving the presentation ‘collaborative platforms, education and research: MOOCs, ILDE. ILDE (Integrated Learning Design Environment) is a platform which supports cooperation within a “Learning design” community in which its members share and co-create multiple types of learning design solutions (LdS) covering the complete lifecycle. It is currently being used for HEIRRI.

The 1st Conference on Social Impact of Science SIS2016 was held on 25-29th July in Barcelona, with more than 500 participants from all over the world. The general aim of the SIS2006 conference was to take a relevant step forward in the analysis of research that are having most social impact (in the different scientific domains), the increase of small scale social impact to further contexts, the planning of social impact for future research proposals, and the improvement of the communication of social impact both to evaluation agencies and to society. The congress was organized by the Social Impact Open Repository and University of Barcelona.

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