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 discuss customizing innovations to a wide range of users. It also aimed to encourage sharing of experiences and views of participants from different research backgrounds, as well as ideas for new and emerging projects.
The Summer School lasted five days, the first of which was devoted to getting acquainted with RRI concepts. The second day was based on putting those concepts into practice and discussing different issues of responsible science particularly in the context of research on ageing. Because the course was structured around the concept of ageing, the third day was dedicated to a walkshop focused on the life of senior citizens in Split. It included a bus ride, lunch with senior citizens, and a walk connecting senior citizens hotspots (a lot of sea side, chess and bocce/petanque. The route and photos of the walkshop can be found and explored in the interactive Google map. A Science Cafe took place on the fourth day, and on the fifth day, participants presented and discussed their own research ideas and projects with the group and tutors.
The Summer School counted with the participation of 20 students, all of which came from various fields of research (biomedicine, sea biology, philosophy, economy, psychology, architecture, chemistry), ranging from undergraduate and PhD students to young researchers and professors to senior citizens.
See the Flickr album with the pictures taken during this Summer school on RRI: