Across Europe the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) framework is gaining momentum in research planning and development as a strategy for aligning scientific and technological progress with socially desirable and acceptable ends. Nevertheless, a significant gap separates theoretical reflections and concepts from their applications in research practice. This online course is a response to RRI's increasing relevance in the academic community, providing an introduction to the theory and practice of this new framework, and offering critical reflection to contribute towards bridging the gap between the conceptualization and operationalization of RRI.

Credits: 3 ECTS

Length: 75 hours

Date: 21 February 2018

Certificate: Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) for Researchers

Language: English

Objectives and competencies

  • Invoke an understanding of the interdependencies between science and society, and of the need to address responsibility issues relating to research and innovation.
  • Introduce some of the major challenges our research systems are facing and critically reflect on them.
  • Understand the origins and evolution of the RRI concept and framework.
  • Get to know the main dimensions and agendas of RRI and how they may apply to your research.
  • Critically reflect on the RRI concept and its opportunities and challenges.

Competencies

Participants in this course are expected to enhance the following competences:

Basic competences:

  • Skills for designing and putting into practice a responsible research and innovation process.
  • Skills for implementing critical analysis and synthesis of new and complex ideas.

Specific competences:

  • Reflexivity skills for the practice of scientific research in relation with the RRI framework and its ¿key aspects¿ identified by the European Commission.
  • Skills for the questioning of common conceptions about scientific methodology related to RRI dimensions: anticipation, responsiveness, openness and transparency, and inclusion.
  • An exploration of the moral responsibilities of scientists as societal actors and of their role in society.
  • An understanding and a critical appreciation of ethical and gender issues arising in science.

Methodology

The overriding theme for this course is `learning by doing¿. After reading about some of the basic theories behind the concept of RRI, its key aspects, its dimensions and its main implications, the course consists mainly of hands-on training relating to real cases and your own research. We offer you the opportunity to study alongside researchers whose backgrounds are different both culturally and thematically, and to maximize interactions in the different spaces the virtual classroom offers in order to share your experiences and learn from one another. RRI is still a concept in its definition phase, and is brought to life by the critical reflections you and other researchers make.

We also recommend that you read and reflect on all materials critically, trying at all times to look beyond authors¿ positions and to compare them with other perspectives.

Content

We structure this course into three modules. They are all compulsory, so all students do the same itinerary:

  • In Module 1 we critically reflect on the current situation of research and innovation systems around the world and introduce the RRI framework by analysing its origins and contrasting its different interpretations. We also introduce RRI key aspects such as gender, open access, ethics and integrity, public engagement and science education.
  • In Module 2 we examine our understanding of both our role as researchers and our research in society. This is achieved by promoting reflection and debate on the meaning of RRI in our research practice. In particular we pay attention to the four RRI dimensions: responsiveness, openness and transparency, inclusion and anticipation.
  • In Module 3 we explore the meaning of RRI when applied in research by analysing case studies and reflecting on our own research. We also explore the challenges and opportunities of RRI relating to the research and innovation framework in Europe, and how to include an RRI perspective in our own research in a relevant and coherent way.

Teaching staff

  • Isabel Ruiz-Mallén, Nadja Gmelch (coordinators, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
  • Eduard Aibar (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
  • Ellie Crips (University of Bristol)
  • Jörg Müller (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya)
  • María Heras (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Mireia Bes (University of Bristol)
  • Vivienne Kuh (University of Bristol)

Fees and enrolment

Methods of payment

You can pay for Research, transfer and entrepreneurship courses with a credit or debit card.

  1. VPoS: payment using a credit or debit card via the VPoS (virtual point of sale) provided by «la Caixa».

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Price of this course 337,29 €

Next period for enrolment: May 2018

Research courses starting in January

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