HEIRRI, integrating RRI into Higher Education Institutions


The project is driven by Horizon2020 in order to integrate RRI in university education. GUNi-ACUP is in charge of the HEIRRI dissemination plan which includes the communication and internationalization strategy.

HEIRRI, Higher Education, GUNi

HEIRRI (Higher Education Institutions & Responsible Research and Innovation) is a European project that aims to integrate the concept of “Responsible Research and Innovation”, or RRI, in the science and engineering degrees, mainly focusing on universities and other higher education institutions. HEIRRI started on September 1st 2015 and it will last three years.

GUNi-ACUP is in charge of the HEIRRI dissemination plan which includes the communication and internationalization strategy, in order to ensure a good internal and external information flow, gathering and sharing contents of the Consortium, in order to raise awareness of RRI. It also will promote the public presentation of HEIRRI trough international meetings.

HEIRRI 1st Conference, Teaching Responsible Research and Innovation at University, will be held in Cosmocaixa Science Museum, in Barcelona, next 18th March 2016. It will be a a stimulating forum to discuss new ways to teach and learn how research and innovation should adapt to current changing times.


More about HEIRRI

The concept of “Responsible Research and Innovation”, or RRI, implies the alignment of R+D+i, in all its phases, with the needs, values and expectations of society. The European Commission is very actively fostering the knowledge and practical implementation of RRI, focusing its actions on 6 key axes: public engagement; science ethics; science education; gender equality; open access; and science governance.

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 (Spain), the company Innovatec (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, which chairs GUNi, the Global University Network for Innovation, with 208 universities in 78 countries).
The HEIRRI project is one of the first initiatives that Horizon2020 sets in motion in order to integrate RRI in university education. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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