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Latest news from RRI Tools - Putting together the last pieces of the puzzle

RRI Tools has issued its 13th newsletter, "Putting together the last pieces of the puzzle".

It has been over three months since the new RRI Toolkit was launched. Since then, the consortium has gathered feedback to improve it and make it best suit your needs. In fact, we recently updated several pages of the website and developed new ones. These include:
  1. A new "About RRI" page, so you are sure to understand everything about Responsible Research and Innovation;
  2. Three new pages on training including general informationdates and locations of the RRI Tools trainings as well as resources for you to organise your own workshops;
  3. 17 how-tos (!) These practical guides will offer you concrete strategies for implementing RRI. For instance, find out about "How to set up collaboratively a research agenda" or "How to embed the RRI principles in a business plan". Browse through the "Landing on RRI" pages to find them all.
Though the work is ongoing, more surprises are yet to come. Get in touch by joining the Community of Practicesending us your feedback and signing up for one of themany training sessions around Europe.

Top resources of the month

Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World

This book brings together some of the key conceptual insights behind the European Commission strategy 'Open Innovation, Open Science, Open to the World'. For example, the Open Innovation goal has led to a debate on a possible European Innovation Council and the creation of a Seal of Excellence to facilitate links between Horizon 2020 and other funding programmes. The Open Science goal is taking shape with the development of a European Science Cloud and greater openness to scientific data generated by Horizon 2020 projects.
View this resource on the RRI Toolkit

Living Lab: a new form of relationship with the public

The Living Lab Inmédiats handbook summarizes the essentials for understanding and implementing the Living Lab methodology in Science Centers or elsewhere. A phenomenon starting in the late 1990s at M.I.T. Media Lab and later expanding to Europe, Living Labs are “life-size open innovation environments in which users participate in the creation of new services, products and societal infrastructure”. Today, there are over 320 Living Labs in more than 40 countries worldwide.
View this resource on the RRI Toolkit

New resources

Embedding RRI in school education systems in Europe

A new comparative analysis of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in Europe argues that the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) agenda could be embraced more extensively to motivate students to pursue STEM studies and careers. However for this to happen, it needs to be embedded more firmly in national education systems. Currently RRI remains mostly the concern of academia and the concept is unknown in 80% of countries' school education systems.

PROSO: Promoting Societal Engagement in Research and Innovation

The major goal of the PROSO project is to provide guidance on how to promote the engagement of citizens and third sector organizations in Europe’s research and innovation processes. Societal engagement in R&I is an important element of the EU’s RRI approach. Recent EU-funded research has found that societal engagement in European R&I is relatively high by international standards, but is unevenly distributed, both geographically and regarding issue areas.
View this resource on the RRI Toolkit

RRI Tools news

Bulgaria: to be or not to be responsible - that is the question

That was the question we posed at a public debate organized by the Ruse Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Sofia Science Festival 2016 which took place in Sofia, Bulgaria. From 12th to 15th May the capital of Bulgaria was transformed into a capital of the science world. Different stands at Zaimov park revealed the wonders of the world we all live in. And while some people could “touch” science outside in the park, many others attended the lectures inside the Sofia theatre. Discussions on gravitational waves, extraterrestrial life and gene editing naturally lead to the question of responsibility and ethics in research.

Spain: training on RRI over 100 professionals from the scientific community

The Spanish Hub of the RRI Tools European project, led by Obra Social "la Caixa" andIrsiCaixa, organized three training seminars on RRI in May 2016, in which more than 100 people from all over the country participated. The events were held at the CosmoCaixa Barcelona on the 4th, the CaixaForum in Madrid on the 24th and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid on the 30th of May. The courses allowed different stakeholders to reflect on the concept of RRI and identifyuseful tools and methodologies for their projects, while establishing new synergies between them.

RRI good reads

When a Science Center incorporates RRI processes into its DNA

As part of our commitment to supply the RRI Toolkit with new tools, a group of RRI practitioners and enthusiasts from science engagement organisations decided to gather a selection of good practices. Is there a better way to share what is known but from the first-hand experts? By reading these stories, you will get a clear sense of how RRI can enrich your work, your performance and sense of belonging to a community. As a starter, enjoy this interview with Bruno Dosseur, director of the Dome, in Normandy, France. Expand your views on how a science centre can reshape its mission by being open, transparent and inclusive. It will really open your eyes. Promised.

The Italian government includes RRI in its National Research Programme

Last May the Italian government launched its National Research Programme (PNR), the instrument for defining Italian policies on research and innovation. It aims to translate citizens' needs into programmes and calls to steer research and innovation for the next three years. Echoing the European approach, Italy has identified six key pillars around which research and innovation should be developed: Human capital, Private and public cooperation, Internationalization, Actions for the South, Programmes for the infrastructures and Efficacy in the funding management. How is this related to RRI? Well, Responsible Research and Innovation has been included in two chapters of the document.

RRI Tools top publications in social media

On Facebook: The Netherlands EU Presidency 2016 moves towards a generalised ?#‎OpenAccess? in Europe.


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On Twitter: our new poster

The new @RRITools poster is out! How do you like it? Would you like to have a printable version? Let us know! #RRI

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Upcoming events

RRI Tools at ESOF (EuroScience Open Forum)

23-27 July 2016, Manchester, UK

ESOF is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. This year edition will have several sessions focusing on RRI. On Sunday 24 July, there will be a pre-conference event dedicated to RRI with critical reflections on the past, present, and future of RRI, including an RRI Tools training workshop. On Monday 25, Ignasi López Verdeguer, the project coordinator, will speak at the session "RRI in action: policy and practice in Europe". RRI Tools will also be present on EuroScience and "la Caixa" Foundation stands.
More information and register

Responsible Research and Innovation seminar

30 June - 1 July 2016, Paris, France

The RRI Tools French Hub is organizing a seminar to discover and talk about RRI practices in France. It will include workshops on how to include RRI in projects and discussions with a wide range of experts. This seminar is open to all those (researchers, business, policy makers, education community) who are willing to engage in RRI and find concrete solutions for how to implement it. The event will be hosted by theCarrefour numérique² of the Cité des sciences et de l’industrie (level -1) in Paris.
More information and detailed program (in French). There is still time to register.


Published on 30-06-2016 00:00 by Chiara Davalli. 2780 page views

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