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EnRRICH: new project to improve student and staff capacity in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

Posted by EnRRICH on 20 Sep 2015

In the next two-and-a-half years, a European consortium of 11 higher education institutions, a research institute and a NGO will work on improving student and staff capacity in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in higher education. The EnRRICH project is coordinated by Vrije Universiteit Brussel and was launched at Cambridge University in July 2015.

"Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education" or – in short - EnRRICH will improve the capacity of students and staff in higher education to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes to support the embedding of RRI in curricula. The project will in particular respond to the research needs of society as expressed by civil society organisations and will identify, develop, pilot, and disseminate good practice and relevant resources to embed the RRI policies in academic curricula across Europe. EnRRICH will focus on the co-creation of research to enable students to acquire the broad range of skills, knowledge and experience needed for a knowledge economy and knowledge society to flourish. Through sharing learning and initiating discussion and debates at institutional, national and international levels, it will create a better awareness of, and enhance the policy context for, RRI in curricula and thereby produce more responsible and responsive graduates and researchers. EnRRICH includes the 7th Living Knowledge Conference, hosted by Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland, from 22-24 June 2016. The main focus of this conference will be how to build collaborative research into learning and teaching structures in higher education – call for submission is open until 7th of January 2016.

Funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme for making science education and careers attractive for young people (SEAC.2), the overall budget for the project is €1.5m and it will run until December 2017. Partners are Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Queen's University Belfast (QUB), University College Cork (UCC), Universita Degli Studi di Sassari (UNISS), Wissenschaftsladen Bonn (WiLa Bonn, also a member of the RRI Tools project), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), University of Cambridge (UCAM), Corvinus University Budapest (CUB), Universität Vechta, Wageningen University (WU), Fundacio Privada Institut de Recerca de la Sida-Caixa (IrsiCaixa, also a member of the RRI Tools project), Université de Lyon and Vilniaus technologiju ir dizaino kolegija (VTDK).

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