Registration is now open! HEIRRI workshop in Accra ‘Facilitating reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation’


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

It will take place next 16th of October 2017 in Accra (Ghana) at the Association of African Universities headquarters. The workshop is aimed to gather together researchers, teachers and university staff interested in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

Registration is free. Please, fill in this form with your personal information. Places are limited and applications are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis.

Brief description of the workshop
In this workshop, participants will envision possible futures connected to R&I developments. They will reflect on strategies and ways how to steer these developments and their possible wider societal and environmental impacts using concepts of RRI. Then, the course will especially focus on how to integrate such reflection on issues of RRI into higher education teaching and training. Together in groups participants will develop different approaches and designs for teaching RRI to various higher education audiences.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this workshop participants will be able to:
1. apply concepts of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) to discuss the societal implications of research and innovation (R&I) developments
2. to outline how to promote reflection on RRI and related issues in higher education settings.
This is a full-day workshop combining an input lecture by the course instructor with in-class group work using a case example, presentations, and plenary discussions.

Researchers, teachers and university staff interested in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

9.00 – 9.15h Opening words
Prof. Peter Okebukola
9.15 –  13.00h Part 1. Reflecting the impacts of R&I
• Multidisciplinary Speed dating
• Analysis of RRI aspects involved in a transdisciplinary research topic: ageing
13.00 – 14.00h Lunch break
14.00 – 16.00h Part 2. Applying concepts of RRI
• Presentation of the theoretical RRI framework
• Debate through card exchange exercise
16.15 – 18.00h Part 3. Facilitating reflection on RRI in higher education
• Analysis of different teaching approaches to teach RRI
• Final discussion
Coffee breaks and lunches are included.

The workshop is 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 workshop is 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 HEIRRI project is funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.

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


  • 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