The Universitat Jaume I (UJI), in Spain, has piloted the course “Responsible PhD: Integrating Responsible Research and Innovation in PhD Research”, developed by the HEIRRI project. The course, which gathered 34 students, was held in two days (November 23rd and December 13th of 2017), and was organised in the framework of the transversal course catalogue of the Doctoral School of UJI.

During the first session, doctoral students were introduced to different concepts related to RRI, and were encouraged to reflect about it through various participatory dynamics and case examples. In the second session, participants considered how to incorporate RRI into their doctoral research projects, shared it with fellow classmates and received feedback from them.

After the positive response this training has had, UJI has decided that it will be maintained within the transversal course catalogue of the Doctoral School in coming years. The training will be extended to other university groups, including lecturers and researchers.

The course was taught by Domingo García Marzá, professor of Ethics and Rector’s Commissioner for the Development of University Social Responsibility; Daniel Pallarés, lecturer of the Department of Philosophy and Sociology; Francisco Fernández Beltrán, head of the Communication and Publications Service, and Rosana Sanahuja, journalist of the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit.The faculty of the course has a multidisciplinary profile between ethics and communication and various publications on RRI including articles, books and open-access studies developed from studies funded by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.

Pictures from the training can be found here.

Original source by Rosana Sanahuja: