Trained to be responsible

How to train scientists, engineers, early career researchers, communicators and educators to implement Responsible Research and Innovation values in their everyday activities? The Second HEIRRI (Higher Education Institutions and Responsible Research and Innovation) Conference taking place on the 27th of April in Vienna offers a platform to reflect on this question.


Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a paradigm centred on the idea that the Research and Innovation system can respond to societal issues in an ethical, transparent and inclusive way, allowing for the engagement of stakeholders to dialogue and encouraging reflection.

The HEIRRI project began in 2015 with the aim of integrating RRI in universities and other higher education institutions. One of the main project outputs are the tested training programmes on RRI, ready to be included in university curricula all around the world.

The Second HEIRRI Conference focuses on “Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI” and presents the results of nearly three years of project activities designed to promote the integration of RRI within the education. Participants, including high-level education representatives, academics, industry, international associations and other stakeholders, have the opportunity to discuss the HEIRRI training programmes and their piloting, to join debates on the future of RRI in Europe and beyond, to discover other initiatives on RRI training, and to engage in multidisciplinary sessions. A combination of keynote talks, parallel thematic sessions, RRI initiatives speed dating and a poster session are bound to make for an engaging and enriching event. 

The PERFORM Project is, among the others, one of the peculiar experiences that are presented and discussed in the conference during the parallel session about “European projects connecting RRI and education”.

Isabel Ruiz Mallen

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