‘Facilitating reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation’, outline of the HEIRRI workshop in Accra


The GUNi’s Regional Office in Africa, together with the Association of African Universities (AAU) and the Global University Network for Innovation Secretariat, organized the workshop ‘Facilitating reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation’ on the 17th October 2017 in Accra, Ghana, in the framework of the HEIRRI internationalization plan to spread the project amongst Higher Education Institutions outside Europe.

This workshop was focused on the Train the trainers course on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), which is part of the educational materials developed by the Pompeu Fabra University within the framework of the HEIRRI project, funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

Despite the fact that teachers acknowledge the importance of steering research and innovation processes towards Responsible Research and Innovation, they are not always sure about how this could be done. This one-day in-service training workshop, “Facilitating reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation”, addresses this issue and proposes a way to support university professors and other actors in higher education who want to promote RRI in their institutions. The workshop was attended by 17 participants from Ghana and Nigeria, from different universities (such as the Ghana Technology University College and the National Universities Commission of Nigeria, amongst others), different fields of study and several levels of experience, from PhD students to deputy directors of universities.

The programme was divided into three parts, in 2-hour sessions: reflecting the impacts of R&I, applying concepts of RRI and facilitating reflection on RRI in higher education. During this workshop, participants dealt with specific case examples and they inquired and discussed the wider societal impacts of Research and Innovation processes, through animated debate and brainstorming activities. They also got to know concepts of RRI and discussed their value in re-thinking the science-society relationship, in changing the ways of Research and Innovation, and in teaching students in higher education. At the end of the day, participants were asked to come up with an activity to teach RRI, and very interesting ideas were proposed such as a game activity, an active problem based learning (PBL) activity and various field trips.

The workshop was hosted by the Africa Regional Office of GUNi with Professor Peter A. Okebukola as President and Professor Shabani as Executive Secretary and with the collaboration of the Association of African Universities (AAU). The trainer for this course was Amelia Larkins, who collaborates with the HEIRRI project. The workshop was organised by the Association of Public Universities of Catalonia (ACUP) and the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi) as partner of the HEIRRI project consortium.

The GUNi Regional Office in Africa, through its president Prof. Peter A. Okebukola, has produced this video recapping the hightlights of the workshop.


What is the HEIRRI Project?
HEIRRI (Higher Education Institutions and Responsible Research and Innovation) is a European project funded by the Science for Society H2020 call. HEIRRI is leaded by Pompeu Fabra University and has 9 partners from across Europe representing individual institutions, associations of universities and science institutions. HEIRRI aims to promote Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in higher education institutions, and specifically to provide teaching programmes and materials in different formats for higher education institutions to integrate into the curriculums of their courses. A global scope and expertise on RRI is provided by the HEIRRI consortium. Visit the project's blog for further information www.heirri.eu



  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government