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Newsletter #15
September 2016
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Dear reader,

Summer will be over soon... What better moment to reflect on your own practice in regards to Responsible Research and Innovation? After that, the how-tos or the search engine will help you find the resources you need to take action. And if that's not enough, you can search for help or find partners by starting a conversation in the forum. Hundreds of people in the community are here for you!

As promised, new interviews and talks from the Advisory Board members have been produced and are available on our YouTube channel. In this newsletter, discover Lars Klüver's inspiring talk on public engagement and RRI. Stay tuned, there are more to come.

The whole RRI Tools team wishes you a delightful reading of this September issue of the RRI Tools newsletter.
Cover photo credit: CC BY-SA 2.5 by Ferras

Top resources

The Blueprint for Change Programme – A Showcase on RRI

To help bring RRI to life, the RRI Tools project has identified eight showcases, which are good examples of RRI in practice. At the end of the article, find a testimonial on how you could use the showcase training resource to have a better understanding of RRI, get trained and train others.
The Blueprint for Change Programme is a series of business cases that aim to identify the drivers of shared value creation, measure realised benefits for both society and the organisation, and share this information with stakeholders. One of the cases that was conducted is a case on how Novo Nordisk is working on changing diabetes in Indonesia.

Spinning off under RRI Principles: BioGAS+ by Applied Nanoparticles SL

The core project and main reason for setting up Applied Nanoparticles SL has been the commercial exploitation of a patent based on the use of engineered iron oxide nanoparticles for enhanced biogas production, named BioGAS+. The Company started to work with RRI principles when the main focus was on “emerging technologies”. Today, their involvement with RRI can be summarized as follows:
  1. Regarding Product dimension: safety and sustainability
  2. Regarding Process Dimension: Stakeholders involvement, Transparency and Responsible Awareness.

How to implement RRI?

Among the many types of investors, increasing numbers consider environmental, social and corporate governance criteria to generate long-term competitive financial returns and positive societal impact. Depending on their emphasis, these investors are labelled green investors, community investors, impact investors, responsible investors and so on. Their investment analyses and portfolio selections rely on a set of criteria that complement traditional, quantitative techniques of analysing financial risk and return with qualitative and quantitative analyses of environmental, social and corporate governance policies, performance, practices and impacts.
In addition to instructing the next generation of policy makers, entrepreneurs, researchers and global thought leaders, higher education institutions have a prominent role in research and innovation (R&I). As such, they are vital actors in transforming society and dealing with today’s grand societal challenges. Higher education institutions can optimally fulfil their role as change agents by advancing the skills pertinent to conducting RRI and promoting the governance agendas key to RRI in such institutions. Thus, higher education institutions can help transform the R&I system such that societal responsiveness, sustainability and ethical acceptability become R&I’s new normal.

RRI good reads

Beyond citizen science: Public engagement in RRI

Democracy is changing, and people are demanding more input into the things that affect their daily lives. Public engagement in RRI can help fill this demand but only if it goes beyond encouraging data collection to facilitating people’s ability to influence science. So said Lars Klüver, who has been involved with public engagement and technology assessment since the 1980s. Klüver recently spoke at the RRI Tools’ second Train the Trainers workshop, which took place at CosmoCaixa Barcelona (July 4–6, 2016).

Promoting More Rigorous Science

The Center for Open Science (COS) was founded in 2013 to enhance scientific rigor by increasing the transparency of the entire research workflow. If every aspect of the research workflow can be reproduced and connected, then barriers to replicating previous work fall and the ability to critically evaluate work is strengthened. This vision will not be easily achieved. The rewards that lead to present behaviors have to be addressed and changed, and those rewards are created by the complete academic ecosystem: publishers, universities, academic societies, and funding agencies.

RRI Tools news

Theatre, emoji, science centres and RRI – sharing experiences from the Ecsite Conference 2016

9-11 June 2016, Graz, Austria

Now that the call for proposals for the next Ecsite Annual Conference 2017 just opened we think it is the right moment to sit down and reflect on the past Ecsite Conference 2016 in Graz. With the concept of RRI (Responsible Research and Innovation), actively promoted by the European Commission, the ongoing process of aligning research and innovation with societal needs and expectations is one of the most important science policy trends in EU funding scheme Horizon 2020. Does it have any implications on the work of science engagement organisation? What kind of role are they ready to take up in this transformation?

Roundtable discussion on Responsible Research and Innovation in Hungary

13 July 2016, Budapest, Hungary

Mobilis Science Center organized a roundtable discussion on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in Budapest on 13th July. Leading researchers, university professors, members of civil society organizations, and strategic planners of the National Research, Development and Innovation Office joined the event. Questions raised for the discussion referred, among others, to how RRI principles could be incorporated in industrial and business innovation as well as in basic and applied academic research, and how gender equality could be promoted, with special emphasis to gender balanced research.

RRI Tools top publications in social media

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Upcoming events

RRI in the UK: the post BREXIT future?

23 September 2016, London, UK

We would like to invite you to a day workshop to discuss the current state of RRI in the UK, and where the research field might head next. We are looking to develop a strategy/roadmap, which enables all UK academics working in this field to feel that there is a way forward. Therefore, we envisage that this will be an open and interactive discussion, that will allow participants to co-design the agenda and therefore the outcomes.
The event is co-organised by the RRI Tools and Responsible-Industry projects.
Find out more and register

Human in Tech - Mêlée Numérique 2016

27 September 2016, Toulouse, France

During La Mêlée Numérique festival, Science Animation, the French Hub coordinator for RRI Tools will hold two workshops:
  1. 11:15 - 12:00: Responsible Innovation, use it as a lever to boost your company's potential
  2. 16:15 - 17:00: Researcher-Entrepreneur relationships: work on complementarity, share experiences and get to know project calls
Find out more and register
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