Friday 12

Beyond citizen science: Public engagement in RRI

Posted by RRI Tools on 12 Aug 2016

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 and is currently director of the Danish Board of Technology Foundation and coordinator for Engage 2020CIMULACT and HBP Citizen Consultations. Klüver recently spoke at the RRI Tools’ second Train the Trainers workshop, which took place at CosmoCaixa Barcelona (July 4–6, 2016).

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Monday 08

Promoting More Rigorous Science

Posted by Center for Open Science on 08 Aug 2016

As scientists, we value transparency and reproducibility. However, we are rewarded for exciting and unexpected results. The present culture of science does not promote the ideal process of science. The result of this disconnect between practice and values are a published literature that does not represent the complete body of evidence and work that cannot be replicated. John Ioannidis predicted that this clash would result in irreproducible results (Ioannidis, 2005), and the Open Science Collaboration demonstrated the challenge in reproducing published findings (OSC, 2015).

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.

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Friday 12

Beyond citizen science: Public engagement in RRI

Posted by RRI Tools on 12 Aug 2016

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 and is currently director of the Danish Board of Technology Foundation and coordinator for Engage 2020CIMULACT and HBP Citizen Consultations. Klüver recently spoke at the RRI Tools’ second Train the Trainers workshop, which took place at CosmoCaixa Barcelona (July 4–6, 2016).

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Monday 08

Promoting More Rigorous Science

Posted by Center for Open Science on 08 Aug 2016

As scientists, we value transparency and reproducibility. However, we are rewarded for exciting and unexpected results. The present culture of science does not promote the ideal process of science. The result of this disconnect between practice and values are a published literature that does not represent the complete body of evidence and work that cannot be replicated. John Ioannidis predicted that this clash would result in irreproducible results (Ioannidis, 2005), and the Open Science Collaboration demonstrated the challenge in reproducing published findings (OSC, 2015).

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.

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Thursday 04

Including the excluded: how RRI needs to become a force for changing our political economy

Posted by UCL on 04 Aug 2016

If anyone thought that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union on June 23 would make responsible research and innovation and the ideas, visions and agendas it embraces, less important, they are 100% wrong. Yes, RRI is a European concept that has been developed – amongst others – by British scholars and the UK research community. Yes, the European Union has been weakened by the UK voting “leave”. Yes, by that token, the movement and community for RRI has, in its turn, been weakened. But the Brexit vote itself has shown just why responsibility and responsiveness in research and innovation systems and process is needed now more than ever.

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Monday 01

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

Posted by Applied Nanoparticles SL on 01 Aug 2016

The urgency in tackling climate change and promoting renewable sources of energy has been unanimously agreed globally by the UN General Assembly when adopting the New Sustainable Development Agenda (Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development) and it is the responsibility of all citizens, including the scientific and business communities. In this context, 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 NPs for enhanced biogas production, named BioGAS+. The Company started to work with RRI principles when the main focus was on “emerging technologies” (nanotechnology, synthetic biology, geo-engineering, stem cell science, etc.), so potential controversial areas of research and innovation at an early stage of development, and where the day to day work on the lab was of paramount importance on the whole conceptual architecture.

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Wednesday 20

The Blueprint for Change Programme – A Showcase on RRI

Posted by Experimentarium and Athena Institute on 20 Jul 2016

To help to bring RRI to life, the RRI Tools project has identified eight showcases, which are good examples of RRI in practice. We will introduce you to each of these, explaining what it is and why they are good representatives of RRI. 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. This showcase is based on the information and the activities that were developed and conducted in Indonesia.

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