Integrating Responsible Research & Innovation into University and Higher Education Institutions
· The first meeting of the European project HEIRRI was held in Barcelona last 16th September
· 9 European institutions work together to integrate the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) into University and Higher Education institutions
The HEIRRI kick-off meeting has connected for the first time the members of 9 European institutions which participate in the HEIRRI project and has provided an extensive overview of the three years of the initiative. During the meeting, hosted in the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) last Wednesday 16th September, the different institutions have discussed the phases of the project, which will promote the application of RRI through six key areas: public engagement, ethics, science education, gender equality, open access and scientific governance.
All the participants have shared with their colleagues their role on the project, which include the elaboration of training materials, pilot experiences, the implementation of the ongoing project RRI Tools and a communication and internationalization strategic plan, amongst others.
One of the first activities organized by HEIRRI will be the 1st HEIRRI conference, which will focus on RRI Learning & will be hosted in Barcelona at the beginning 2016.
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What is HEIRRI?
HEIRRI is a European project which aims to integrate the concept of “Responsible Research and Innovation” (RRI) into University careers in science and technology, so that research and innovation meets societal needs, values and expectations.
HEIRRI is led by Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the HEIRRI consortium is composed by the Aarhus University (Denmark), the University of Bergen (Norway), the University of Split (Croatia), the Institute for Advanced Studies (Austria), “la Caixa” Foundation (Barcelona, Spain), the company Innovatec (Madrid, Spain), the European network of science centres and museums ECSITE (with more than 400 institutions from 50 countries) and the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP, who chairs GUNi, the Global University Network for Innovation, with 208 universities in 78 countries).
The project is funded by the Horizon2020 program of the European Commission.