Online Learning Programmes on Responsible and Sustainable Innovation


The University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona, Spain) together with the Tampere University (Tampere, Finland), Kozminsiki University (Varsovia, Polonia), Notus (Barcelona, Spain) and INGOs (Varsovia, Polonia), has developed an open access learning programme on responsible and sustainable Innovation within the framework of the Erasmus+ project RRIL.

The RRIL learning programme addresses the responsibility of academy and other innovation actors to bring science-based innovation nearer to society and promote ecological, economic and social sustainability, following the Sustainable Development Goals.

The open programme is available in English and Spanish for consultation, download and importation to other learning platforms (e.g., Moodle) [English programme / Spanish programme]. For the access as student to the programme and its course, please, sent an e-mail to

The overall learning material has four modules that can also be used individualy:

The program addresses Master Students, PhD students, representatives of business (esp. start-ups community) local communities and NGOs engaged in innovation process. It aims at helping students to understand and analyse the dynamics of science-based innovation processes and the integration of principles of responsible and sustainable innovation focusing on public engagement, gender equality and innovation ethics.

The practitioners will learn the reasons to implement Responsible & Sustainable Innovation (ReSI) in their research work to be aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. The program aims at helping the practitioners to understand the dynamics of public engagement, the relevance of gender equality for the research processes and the tools for apply innovation ethics in science based innovation processes.

It provides the students with insight to (a) reflect on their research and innovation, even in an early-stage career development; (b) anticipate intended and unintended consequences of their activities; (c) apply criteria of open-science, making transparent the intention of the research and innovation, the actors involved and their particular interest; and (d) include stakeholders (e.g., citizens, NGO…) in the deliberation processes from the beginning to the end of the science-based innovation process. The programme is designed as online and blended learning with tutorship, but can also be used as MOOC.



  • 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