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Newsletter #12
May 2016
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There is an RRI training session near you!

Dear Xavier,

Now that Spring is turning into Summer, the RRI Tools training programme is really getting into gear. After the highly successful “Train-the-Trainers” workshop in London in February, our 19 Hubs across Europe are putting on their own local workshops. Find them on our events page and please do not hesitate to contact your local RRI Hub today should you be interested in attending these.

As well as the local workshops, RRI Tools is also undertaking several training sessions at major international conferences. The Public Communication of Science and Technology (PCST) network hosted a half-day of RRI training at its biennial conference in Istanbul last month, attracting 25 participants. The European Citizen Science Association has also had its RRI workshop in Berlin. And next month the European science centre organization Ecsite will host RRI Tools at its conference in Graz, Prague will see the project training at the Science-in-Society Network (SiSNet) meeting, and we will also be at the Living Knowledge conference in Dublin.

The RRI Tools team is going to be busy. Enjoy the newsletter.

The RRI Tools Team

Top resources of the month

SIJ Toolbox (Social Innovation Journey Toolbox) by TRANSITION project

Many of the challenges that social innovators face are the same as any innovator or entrepreneur - finding a good product-market fit, seeking funding, building a good delivery model. But what makes social innovation distinctive is its focus on creating social and environmental impact. TRANSITION partners developed and refined a series of tools to support social innovators at different stages of the Social Innovation Journey. The SIJ Toolbox presents a selection of them according to the 5 main areas of the journey: who, what, how-viability, how–feasibility and why-social impact.
View this resource on the RRI Toolkit

Mind the gap! Multi-stakeholder dialogue for priority setting in health research.

This inspiration guide sets out different methods that can contribute towards the success of a multi-stakeholder dialogue for priority setting in health research. It is based on a workshop organized in November 2015 by the King Baudouin Foundation with researchers, patients, patient organizations, care providers, pharmaceutical companies and research funding bodies. Experts from UK, France and the Netherlands came to share their experiences of dialogue with the various stakeholders on the research agenda.
View this resource on the RRI Toolkit

New resources

Ark of Inquiry: Bringing RRI in science education in Europe

The ambitious goal of Ark of Inquiry is to raise awareness of pupils to RRI by promoting an interest in science through inquiry learning. In the last months the project partners have been focusing on enriching the project platform with a number of activities that can be performed by teachers in schools and educators in informal learning premises. They are supported by digital tools for teachers and teacher training sessions around Europe. 

SYNENERGENE: Responsible Research and Innovation in Synthetic Biology

SYNENERGENE is a four-years mobilization and mutual learning action plan (MMLAP) supported by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. The project aims at initiating and fostering public dialogue on synthetic biology and mutual learning processes among a wide variety of stakeholders from science, industry, civil society, education, art and other fields.
View this resource on the RRI Toolkit

RRI Tools news

A city with a history and a project with a future

The international network Public Communication of Science and Technology met during April 25 and 28 in the historic city of Istanbul. The RRI Tools project organized a workshop to explain and train on responsibility in innovation and research. It delivered understanding of RRI based on RRI Tools definition and project brief, explored the opportunities and challenges involved, and how the Toolkit can help answer some of the key questions in developing research and innovation projects.

New videos

During the RRI Tools External Experts Meeting held on 19-20 November 2015 in Brussels, several RRI experts gave us interviews. We produced a series of videos that you can find on our YouTube channel.
Discover the last ones: A transition towards RRI systems: Marian Deblonde presents the FoTRRIS project and three videos on the future of Responsible Research and Innovation with Dr. Philippe Galiay from the European Commission, Hilary Sutcliffe, Director of the MATTER think tank and Prof. Dr. Arie Rip from the University of Twente.

RRI good reads

UOC Research Week tackles gender gap in STEM studies and occupations

Dismantling stereotypes, addressing academic issues and involving colleges and universities are some of the key actions to overcome women’s low share in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) areas and occupations. These and many other actions were discussed on April 19th at the Palau Macaya of La Caixa Foundation during a round table entitled “What Can Future Education Do in Order to Overcome Gendered Academic and Occupational Interests?

Responsible research can be excellent: NRW Innovation Award 2015

End of February North-Rhine Westphalia’s Minister for Innovation, Science and Research, Ms Svenja Schulze, has awarded four excellent researchers with the Innovation Award 2015 and by this underlined that the idea of RRI, means a responsible research that anticipates and reflects stakeholders’ needs and societal values, can lead to meaningful change and also bring excellent research with great recognition.

RRI Tools top publications in social media

On Facebook: [Top tool] Efforts to Increase Students’ Interest in Pursuing STEM Studies and Careers

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On Twitter: Uberisation on science

Towards fairer science: read @EuroScientist latest issue on #uberisation of #science: http://www.euroscientist.com/science-uberisation/ … #rri

Follow us on Twitter and do not miss our activities!

Coming events

RRI Tools training workshops

From March to December 2016, all over Europe!

Are you interested in Responsible Research and Innovation? Would you like to know more on what it is and how to implement it? Would you like to discover projects which succeeded in applying RRI? Do you want to meet and share with other practitioners? Come to an RRI Tools training workshop! All the dates and places are on our events page (the ones with a flag icon).

RRI Tools training for SWAFS National Contact Points

15-16 June 2016, Prague, Czech Republic

SiS.net is the international network of National Contact Points (NCPs) for Science with and for Society in Horizon 2020, the EU's Programme for Research and Innovation. In June IrsiCaixa and UCL will hold a workshop in the framework of SiS.net to foster RRI and the RRI Toolkit all over Europe!
Find more RRI events on our events page. Send us yours too!
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