Keynote Speakers

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2nd HEIRRI Conference:
Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI

Aula der Wissenschaften, Vienna, Austria

April 27th, 2018


Vincent Blok

Associate Professor, Management Studies Group & Philosophy Group, Wageningen University (The Netherlands).

From 2002 to 2006, Blok held various management functions in the health care sector. In 2006, he became director of the Louis Bolk Institute, an international research institute in the field of organic and sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health care. In 2005 he received his PhD degree in philosophy at Leiden University with a specialization in philosophy of technology.

Together with 10 PhDs and 1 Post-doc, Blok pursues three lines of research – Business Ethical Issues in Sustainable Entrepreneurship, Philosophy of Management, Technology & Innovation, and Responsible Innovation in the private sector in several (European) research projects. Blok’s work appeared amongst others in Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Cleaner Production, Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Studia Phasenomenologica, and Journal of Responsible Innovation. See for his recent research projects.

Philippe Galiay

Head of Sector RTD-B7.002 ‘Mainstreaming Responsible Research and Innovation in Horizon 2020 and the European Research Area’, European Commission Research and Innovation Directorate-General

Trained as an engineer, Dr Philippe Galiay graduated with a PhD in physics from the University of Strasbourg (France) in the field of holography. After various experience in research, teaching and international technology transfer with Asia, he worked for a French Regional Council (Pays de Loire Region), promoting interregional cooperation in research. He joined the European Commission in 1994, coordinating Research and Structural Policies. He participated to the creation of the Science and Society Directorate and to the Science and Society Action Plan in 2001. He is the author of several policy and academic papers (e.g. on nanotechnologies, on socio-epistemic networks). He is now Head of the Sector «Mainstreaming responsible research and innovation in Horizon 2020 and the European Research Area» in DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission.

Melanie Smallman

Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies and Deputy Director of the Responsible Research and Innovation hub at University College London

Lecturer in Science and Technology Studies and Deputy Director of the Responsible Research and Innovation hub at UCL. Her research looks at how the public form views around new and emerging science and technology, the impact of these views on public policy and how expert advice is conceived and used in policymaking. She is also developing new research around the role of science and technology in increasing economic inequality, how this is affecting perceptions of science and technology and what alternative innovation models are available for more inclusive growth. She is founder and Director of the UK’s first science communication consultancy, Think-Lab. As part of this she spent eight years as an Adviser to the Chief Scientist in Defra (the UK Government’s Environment Department), and has advised the UK government, OECD and European Commission on nanotechnology policy.

Rolf Tarrach

President of the European University Association (EUA)

Dr. Tarrach has been president of the University of Luxembourg from 2005 to 2014. He has studied physics in Valencia, has received a PhD degree in Barcelona and has been postdoc at CERN, Geneva. He has served as professor of physics at the University of Barcelona. He has published some 100 articles in quantum physics. He has a honorary degrees from the University of Saint Petersburg and the University of Liège and has received awards and decorations in Spain, Portugal and Luxembourg. He has been Vice-president at the University of Barcelona. He is a former president of CSIC (Spanish Scientific Research Council, Madrid), a former member of EURAB, EUROHORCS and ESOF, a former president of ACA (Brussels) and a former Vice-chair of the jury of the French “Initiative d’excellence”. He chaired the committee of international experts EU2015 (Spain). He has sat and sits on the advisory boards of two companies. He is EUA’s president as of July 2015.

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