To understand what the project HEIRRI is, we have to learn about the two acronyms that compose its name: RRI and HEI.
What is RRI?
Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a concept under construction. According to René von Schomberg, “a transparent, interactive process by which societal actors and innovators become mutually responsive to each other with a view to the (ethical) acceptability, sustainability and societal desirability of the innovation process and its marketable products (in order to allow a proper embedding of scientific and technological advances in our society)”.
Therefore, RRI seeks the alignment between R+D+i and the societal needs, values and expectations. The European Commission has identified six key axes of RRI: public engagement, science ethics, science education, gender equality, open access, and science governance. Moreover, RRI has four more attributes: it is anticipatory, inclusive, reflexive and responsive.
What is HEI?
Higher Education Institutions (HEI) are centres dedicated to the final stages of education, attended after secondary education. They can be universities, academies, colleges, institutes of technology, among others.
This is HEIRRI!
Now we understand what the acronym stands for. The aim of HEIRRI is to integrate the concept of RRI in the formal and informal education of future scientists, engineers and other professionals involved in the research and innovation process. To do so, HEIRRI takes into account the six key aspects of RRI but also stresses its potential as a transformative, critical and radical concept, as it can make research and innovation more efficient and address them towards solving global social problems.