Tuesday 24

Ecsite - Beyond RRI Tools

Posted by Antonina Khodzhaeva on 24 Jan 2017

Almost one month passed since the official end of the project on 31 December 2016, but we firmly believe that the traces and the impact the project left behind will be visible long after its end, and the connections will continue further on and hopefully lead to new collaborations and projects. 

In the past months, Ecsite together with several science centres and museums including AHHAA Science Centre (Estonia), Science Animation (France), Museo delle Scienze  (Italy), Ciência Viva – Pavillion of Knowledge (Portugal), NEMO (the Netherlands) – members of the Ecsite network, partners of RRI Tools project and beyond – has been working on the Quick Start Guide on implementing RRI in science engagement organisations

Making science engaging is vital work, but fraught with challenges. How do you stay relevant in your local community? How do you ensure activities are designed in a way that places the needs and preferences of multiple target audiences at their centre? How do you find new collaborators and effectively expand your network? If you work for a science engagement organisation and need some support or just a little direction, this quick start guide to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) will help. Reading the inspiring real-life examples in this guide will help you to understand what RRI looks like in practice, and how the approach can help you to develop or improve your own activities.

Moreover, Ecsite is involved in several RRI-related projects, on of which is Sparks. Coordinated by Ecsite, Sparks is an ambitious engagement project on the topic of technology shifts in health and medicine. Its aim is to raise awareness and communicate the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) to Europeans in 29 countries.

Photo credit: Marije Dijkema for picture “Sparks Anouk resized”

In conclusion, Ecsite Annual Conference 2017 is around the corner and we invite you to join us in Porto and continue the discussion on RRI. The program of the conference will be published in February, so stay tuned!

By Antonina Khodzhaeva 

Antonina Khodzhaeva works on RRI Tools at Ecsite


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