All ready for the first HEIRRI Conference ‘Teaching Responsible Research and Innovation at University’
The 1st Conference of the European project HEIRRI will take place on Friday 18th March at Cosmocaixa Science Museum in Barcelona
Lecturers and attendees will discuss about how research and innovation should respond to the needs of society and how universities can contribute towards a responsible scientific education
The Conference “Teaching Responsible Research and Innovation at University” will bring together around 200 professionals working on the R&I system, such as universities, higher education institutions, research centres, science museums, industry, scientific communication organizations, public institutions and civil society organisations. Attendees from more than 20 countries around the world, including Japan, US, Brazil and more than 12 European countries, will discuss about the need of integrating the RRI into the education at University during the several lectures, workshops and a poster session at the Conference.
Towards a responsible scientific education
The Research and Innovation (R&I) system is under profound transformation. Society increasingly relies on R&I to address the challenge of our times, such as climate change, global health or sustainable development. In this scenario emerges the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), which provides a holistic view of how the R&I system should respond to the needs, values and expectations of society with greater transparency, inclusion regarding gender and minorities, ethics, and broader societal participation.
Education plays a critical role in this transformation. Future scientists must share this responsibility with all the actors involved to foster and consolidate the ongoing changes.
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.
For further information about the conference, please access here.