Friday 23

Nano in cosmetics: an industry case of RRI implementation

Posted by Andrea Porcari - PRISMA project on 23 Nov 2018

This post by Andrea Porcari was originally published at the RRI - PRISMA Blog (8 October 2018)


The application of nanomaterials in cosmetics has always been a matter of debate, raising some fundamental questions: what is the matter with using nano? Is there a real added value for people? Is it safe?  What are the uncertainties for human health?

As a typical unnecessary good, consumer acceptance of a cosmetic product is strongly affected by both functional and non-functional features of the product. Nanomaterials could be used to improve the efficacy of the product, for example ensuring filtering of UV radiation or better shelf-life, as well as to enhance aesthetic properties, as for example the colour of a make-up.

Though consumers might welcome new features given by the use of nanotechnologies, this conflicts with risk perception of new technologies, which is always higher for products getting in close contact with the human body such as cosmetics.

Cosmetics are as well the first sector where specific requirements for nanomaterials have been introduced in regulation (Reg CE 1223/09), forcing industry to make a specific safety assessment and declare the use of nanosubstances in the product (labelling).

A perfect case for RRI, with conflicting stakeholder positions, not straightforward/ambiguous social benefits, and regulatory challenges has to be faced.

One of the RRI industrial pilots (Nanocube project) conducted within the Prisma project is addressing a very interesting case: the use of nanomaterials is combined with the development of a cosmetic product based on natural and organic ingredients.

The NanoCube project, coordinated by Archa and Techa (Tuscany region funds POR FESR 2014-2020) develops innovative technologies aimed at producing nanocapsules and nanosystems providing controlled release of bioactive agents for cosmetic and biomedical applications. A key research challenge is to make use only of natural ingredients, including the nanocapsules, and processing steps without the use of chemical (synthetic) solvents. The final product is expected to fulfil specific voluntary international certifications for organic and natural cosmetics.

The system promises to have a number of advantages: reducing the risks for workers and users in handling and using the active substance; reducing the use of active substances compared to conventional treatments; avoiding the use of preservatives; and improving the efficacy of the final product (compared to benchmark products).

Archa has worked together with Prisma partners to understand the RRI aspects involved in the NanoCube project, and best ways to address them in product development. Key RRI issues identified include the adoption of a precautionary approach in the risk management of nanomaterials, addressing specific ethical values in product development (in line with demanding ethical certifications for natural and organic cosmetics), as well as the need to address issues related to  risk perception and user acceptability in relation with nanotechnologies.

As one of the RRI actions planned within Prisma, these aspects have been discussed in a multi-stakeholder dialogue held on June 13th, 2018 in the premises of Archa. This dialogue has been carefully designed, ensuring participation of all relevant actors along the value chain and supply chain. About twenty delegates contributed to the event, including researchers, producers, retailers, authorities, certification bodies and professional users active on both cosmetics and nanomaterials. As a follow up, a consensus document has been prepared, shared and revised with all delegates.

Efficiency and quality, in particular product performances and improvement of the shelf-life without the use of any preservative, have been identified as the key added values of using nanotechnologies. A distinguishing feature of NanoCube is the use of nanomaterials based on organic substances, with a much lower risk profile compared to inorganic nanomaterials (the ones generally considered in discussion on cosmetics and nanomaterials).

Several “RRI” actions for product development emerged by Prisma actions, and in particular the dialogue event. These include planning of further testing activities on nanomaterials to support product claims, specific risk management actions for nanomaterials during production phases, regular dialogue activities with stakeholders – in particular developers, producers, certification bodies, distributors – and development of a specific communication strategy to ensure transparency in the use of nanomaterials all along the supply chain.

What has become clear in working with Archa for the Prisma project, is a strategic approach of the company to social responsibility and Responsible Research and Innovation. Specific procedures are in place on quality, worker’s accountability, risk management and ethics of R&I and production process, sustained by voluntary certification such as OHSAS 18001, SA8000, ISO 14001, ISO 9001. Specific CSR and RRI tools (examples are provided in the Prisma RRI toolkit) are implemented at project level, on a case-by-case basis. Social values and principles are part of the company culture and as well of regular company procedures.

Besides those related to NanoCube, Prisma activities are helping Archa and Techa to reflect on how to further integrate a socially responsible and responsive approach to R&I, starting from the early stage of innovation, structured and integrated in the decision process and company policies. This could help Archa to become a testimonial that promotes RRI principles also for other companies and actors.

Tuesday 18

Join the SMART-map Final Meeting in Brussels!

Posted by RRI Tools on 18 Sep 2018

The final meeting of the SMART-map project will take place on the 1st of October 2018 at Hotel NH Brussels Bloom in Brussels, Belgium.

The event - a full day conference followed by a cocktail reception - aims to actively engage participants in discussing the project results, discover inspiring examples on how to implement responsible innovation in industrial realms, and contribute to a lively debate on the future of responsible research and innovation (RRI). Representatives from companies in precision medicine, 3D printing and synthetic biology will come together with civil society organisations and policy makers, as well as industry associations, funders, think- tanks and strategic consultants, to share inspiring experiences. You can find more information about the programme of the event here 

Funded by the Horizon 2020 programme, SMART-map started in May 2016 and comes to an end in October 2018. Its aim is to provide innovators with tools that will help them meet society’s needs, concerns and expectations about new technologies.
During the conference, SMART-map project partners will present three specially designed roadmaps, i.e. the “SMART Maps” on Precision Medicine, Synthetic Biology and 3D printing in biomedicine. Each SMART Map contains a collection of concrete tools companies can use, and the results of industrial pilots implementing some of the tools in each of the three fields.

These experiences offer relevant examples of how RRI can help companies discover new business opportunities, anticipate trends in the market and improve their business and technological roadmaps while accounting for new values and societal instances.
The conference will also include a poster session where relevant RRI initiatives will be presented. Attendants are welcome to use this opportunity to communicate their own experience in the field of RRI to other conference participants. If you wish to attend, you can register by using this link. On the registration page you will find information about the conference venue and you will have the possibility to submit a poster proposal.

Thursday 26

RRI in industry: finding the right tools for the job

Posted by Dr. Pim Klaassen - Prisma project on 26 Jul 2018


There can be no doubt about it: Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has taken off as directive force in the fields of Research & Innovation (R&I) policy and governance. For a couple of years now, under the name of RRI, researchers, innovative businesses, policy makers, CSOs, educators and others have been making investments towards a R&I system that puts societal needs and desires at its center, that is outward- and forward-looking, and that aims to contribute ethically sound solutions for a sustainable future. Funding is available for those promoting and further developing RRI, prizes have been awarded for those successfully putting it into practice, and tools have been collected together to facilitate embracing any of its many aspects.

Despite all the good work, however, RRI’s width and conceptual complexity might still pose a threat to its success. Taking a structured approach to making one’s research and innovation efforts conform to societal needs, ethically sound and sustainable for one’s institution as well as the wider society and planet, can be quite a task. Furthermore, people might be skeptical of RRI’s potential for improving their research and innovation, doubting that they could really benefit from putting it to use. Especially in the sphere of industrial innovation, where time is money and resources are scarce, there is reason to believe that the hurdles between hearing about RRI and doing RRI are too many and too high. In the PRISMA project, we want to change that. 

To assist herein, in the PRISMA RRI Toolkit we have collected a small number of relatively easy-to-use tools that can help innovative companies, specifically those working in SMEs and on emerging technologies, to flesh-out some of RRI’s essentials. In eight different companies and research projects in the fields of biotechnology, autonomous vehicles, Internet of Things and nanotechnology, pilots implementing RRI have been undertaken, amongst other things experimenting with the tools we collected. The pilots help us collect more information on how they contribute to making industrial research and innovation more responsible. This is expected to be available before the end of 2018. In the meanwhile, the tools are also made available to Dutch enterprises through the portal of CSR Netherlands. And of course, you are invited to take a look at and to use them yourself. 

To provide some guidance in advance, the tools are classified as contributing to one or more of the following purposes: “opening up to the world”, “thinking of the future” and “taking care of people and planet”.

To end, let us succinctly explain each of these and give an example of a pertinent tool for each.

  1. Tools serving the aim of "opening up to the world" can help you in connecting to (networks of) stakeholders, identifying societal needs, making information accessible, or contributing to corporate accountability. For instance, you can use BSR’s guide on how you can make stakeholder engagement meaningful for you company. Following BSR’s five-step approach will help you identify your stakeholders, setting your ambitions as regards engaging them, and acting in accordance with those ambitions. 
  2. Tools serving the purpose of "thinking of the future" stimulate reflection and anticipation, can help you in meeting societal needs and values and sensitize you to possible unintended effects. The Stage-gate model® provides an example of a tool for these purposes. It helps you manage your innovation process from the phase of developing first ideas to product launch, and to do so in an anticipatory fashion, incorporating everything from economic to safety or moral issues in your decision-making.
  3. Tools aimed at "taking care of people and planet" for instance help you contribute to the health, safety and well-being of your employees, consumers and wider groups of stakeholders. Also tools dedicated to the promotion of environmental sustainability are included in this class. Just one example of a tool in this category, focusing in this case on questions concerning gender in research and innovation, is the Gendered innovations website by the EC. This will help you discover the creative power of sex and gender analysis for innovation, and provides you with the means of acting on it.

Of course, these are only some examples of tools that might help you and your business innovate with societal needs and values at the heart of your process and product. For more information and experiences with RRI that PRISMA’s pilot companies have gained, please visit us at

Friday 06

Want to know more about the HEIRRI training programmes and formative materials?

Posted by RRI Tools on 06 Jul 2018

Ten new training programmes on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) were presented in April at the HEIRRI second conference.

Packaged in an informative and educational format, the HEIRRI training programmes present various different sides of the RRI concept and are based on innovative and participative methodologies, following a “Problem-based learning” approach. They are designed for different educational levels: bachelor’s, master’s, PhD, MOOC, Summer schools, train-the-trainer, secondary school teachers. Presented in multimedia formats, they can be found online and in open access in the RRI Tools platform

Studying Responsibility: A Module-Based Integration of RRI into Bachekor's Programmes

BACHELOR / Between 20H and 50H

This training programme gives an introduction to different concepts of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), and related the ideas, rationales, and aims. In the modules of this programme, different cases are presented, discussed, and engaged with through different problem-based learning activities. Additionally, pratical approaches on how to address RRI will be provided.

Doing and Experiencing Dialogical Reflection on Research and Innovation

MASTER / More than 50H

The course focuses on different interactive approaches to facilitate dialogue on R&I developments, and their societal implications and impacts. These include but are not limited to scenario workshops, consensus conferences, public Technology Assessment, Round Table, (Neo-)Socratic Dialogue, or World Café. The respective R&I developments to be discussed in the course should be selected and outlined by the students themselves.

Enhance your Thesis

MASTER / More than 50H

The course provides room for investigating, reflecting, and discussing societal implications and possible impacts of research and innovation processes. As reference points for this deliberation, different concepts of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) will be used. Students will discuss a research or innovation case example (“What are ‘responsible’ research and innovation?”) before turning to their own master’s theses. Together with their colleagues, each student will identify and discuss RRI aspects of their thesis (“Present your thesis”) and then individually further explore on them (“Investigate your thesis”). They will present and discuss their findings, and reflect how they could practically deal with them (“Enhance your thesis”).

Responsible PhD: RRI and PhD Research Projects

PhD  / Between 20H and 50H

This seminar will introduce PhD students to different concepts of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and initiate deliberation on how to make a PhD research project more responsible. Students will read about and discuss several concepts of RRI in groups and then apply them to concrete case examples of R&I processes. Furthermore, participants will introduce their own PhD research projects or first project ideas and identify possibilities to make them more responsible by using various concepts of RRI.

Supporting RRI: Developing RRI Guidelines for PhD Candidates

Building on basic RRI literature and in-class discussions, students will develop responsibility guidelines for their academic setting (and potentially for their respective discipline), which are viable for the students’ further PhD research.

Teaching Responsible Research and Innovation in Higher Education


In this online course, participants will reflect on what responsible research and responsible innovation means, and learn and discuss ideas and concepts of RRI as well as some practical approaches to promote RRI. One focus in this regard will be on teaching and learning RRI in higher education.

Facilitating Reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation


In this workshop, participants will envision possible futures connected to R&I developments. They will reflect on strategies and ways how to steer these developments and their possible wider societal and environmental impacts using concepts of RRI. Then, the course will especially focus on how to integrate such reflection on issues of RRI into higher education teaching and training. Together in groups participants will develop different approaches and designs for teaching RRI to various higher education audiences.

Considering Responsible Research and Innovation by Design

MASTER / PhD / More than 50H

The summer school deals with questions of how to make research projects as well as their processes and outcomes more responsible. Participants have the opportunity to first explore their own understandings of what constitutes responsible research and then deal with specific concepts and aspects of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as well as concrete case examples. Their own deliberations as well as the concepts of RRI will then give orientation in their own independent group work on a research proposal that incorporates ideas of RRI. The summer school participants are free to define the concrete topic of their research proposal within the setting of the course. Thus, the course content depends to a great extent on the participants’ own deliberations and discussions.

Concepts and Practice of Responsible Research and Innovation

MOOC /  More than 50H

This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) introduces the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and the different approaches towards it. It will show inspiring RRI practices and activities and give participants the opportunity to investigate RRI in a role-play exercise. Participants will develop first ideas on how to implement RRI into practice and will be given the chance to exchange their views.

Science open to society. Schools open to science.


This programme explains the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation to secondary school teachers. It is comprised of five parts addressed to help guide the teachers on how to include an RRI perspective into different high school contexts.

For more info on how to use the HEIRRI training programmes - you can download the HEIRRI Booklet

This booklet presents the HEIRRI teaching resources and explains how to use them in the endeavour of teaching RRI in universities.










Thursday 21

Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI

Posted by RRI Tools on 21 Jun 2018

More than 150 people from 43 countries came together in Vienna last April 27th for the second and last HEIRRI Conference celebrated under the title “Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI”. Professionals from all over the world met in Vienna for an enriching and thought-provoking conference full of participation and interactive sessions. 

Now that the HEIRRI project is getting closer to its end, the conference was the best occasion to present the work and results accomplished in these three years, and a great moment to consolidate the community committed to the teaching of responsible practices in research and innovation. 

The HEIRRI training programmes and formative materials were first launched at the Conference. They are mainly based on innovative and participative methodologies, following a “Problem-based learning” approach, and designed for different educational levels: bachelor’s, master’s, PhD, MOOC, Summer schools, train-the-trainer, secondary school teachers. The training programmes are presented in multimedia formats and can be found online and in open access in the RRI Tools platform

These resources give higher education institutions (HEI) the tools to strengthen their researchers’ and innovators’ capacity for anticipation, reflexivity and engagement; aiming to train citizens and not just only highly skilled workers. Professors, university authorities, researchers, managers, politicians and all other people interested in higher education are encouraged to explore the HEIRRI resources, adapt them to their contexts, edit them freely, try them out and integrate them in their teaching practices. We invite users to share their experiences with the HEIRRI training resources through the RRI Tools Forum

As part of the training materials, HEIRRI is developing several very compelling videos, dealing with some of the grand challenges faced by society today, to be used when teaching and learning about Responsible Research and Innovation, to foster discussion and reflections around key aspects of RRI. Two of these videos have been presented until now, one about Ageing, the other about Food

More information:

Tuesday 22

Several job opportunities (Ethics; EU R&I Policy; Applied Ethics; Science communication & science museums; Science policy & higher education; Education & Health; Urban Food Systems & public participation; RRI; Gender Studies; Ethics of Technology)

Posted by RRI Tools on 22 May 2018

  •  Research Analyst or Senior Research Analyst with expertise in ethics at Trilateral Research (London)

Trilateral Research, a London-based enterprise specialising in research and the provision of strategic, policy and regulatory advice on new technologies, is seeking to engage immediately a Research Analyst or Senior Research Analyst with expertise in ethics.

The successful candidate will have some expertise in one or more of the following fields:

  • Applied ethics
  • Ethics assessment of technology
  • Responsible research and innovation (RRI)

The post-holder will be expected to liaise with project partners and clients across the EU and internationally and to deliver high quality research and project outputs in a collaborative and supportive research-intensive environment in which short and demanding deadlines are frequent.

It will be a plus if the candidate has a good understanding of the ethical, legal (including human rights issues), socio-economic issues related to artificial intelligence,  big data analytics and related emerging technologies.

Specific job responsibilities include:

  • Performing research work related to current projects, writing case studies, reports or sections of reports, policy briefs and developing other deliverables as required to fulfil contractual obligations.
  • Researching and writing content for grant proposals and tender submissions.
  • Writing content for peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, as part of projects, or as an outgrowth from projects.
  • Carrying out empirical research and contribute to the preparation and writing of deliverables (reports).
  • If necessary, attending and/or presenting at conferences and workshops, involving occasional travel outside the UK.
  • Undertaking any other special projects that may be established as a priority by the Directors for purposes of advancing either business development or fulfilment activities.

We will process on a rolling basis and earlier candidates will be considered first.

For more info see here

  • Research Advisor (National Contact Point NCP) for the European Research & Innovation Programme Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) at the Euresearch Network Office in Bern

Euresearch is an information and advisory service on the European Research and Innovation Framework Programmes. It is organised as an association and is supported by the federal government. Euresearch has a Network Office in Bern and Offices all over Switzerland

Starting Date: 1 September 2018 or upon agreement.

In this role you will inform and advise researchers and other clients from the public as well as from the private sector in Switzerland on funding and partnering opportunities offered by the European Framework Programme for Research & Innovation (Horizon 2020) and related initiatives.

Your main activities will be:

  • obtaining, processing and disseminating information related to the Horizon 2020 programme Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions on various channels (Euresearch Network, website, social media, etc.)
  • advising and training active or potential clients individually and in groups with regard to these programmes and activities (such as giving trainings or commenting on draft proposals to be submitted)
  • reaching out to and maintaining good contacts with individual clients as well as with the relevant institutional stakeholders at national and international level

The ideal candidate holds a PhD, has gained research experience as a postdoc or in the private sector, and has a sound knowledge of the research landscape in Switzerland.

We expect very good knowledge of German, French and English (oral and written), good social skills and work ethics, especially during busy periods. You are a team player, at ease in a multicultural environment, and able to adapt the Euresearch services to the clients’ needs. The place of work is Bern, and the position will involve national and
international travel activities of approximately 15%.

Deadline for applications: 25 May 2018.

For more info see here
  • Assistant Professor of Applied Ethics at Radboud University (Nijmegen)

​In the near future, the process of digitisation will change our society even more radically, and will assume an even greater significance. There is a steady increase in the influence of algorithms on governmental and professional decisions. Transport, communication, privacy, health, safety and warfare have already undergone a thorough transformation. The ethical standards surrounding all these issues are under pressure, and must in some cases be invented anew. As a member of the Practical Philosophy chair, you, our new Assistant Professor of Applied Ethics, will be involved in education and research, as well as in administrative duties at the levels of the faculty and the chair. You will teach ethics at all levels of the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes at our own and at other faculties, and also supervise students doing internships or Master’s theses. 
In addition to teaching, you will be involved in educational development at both faculty and programme levels. Moreover, you will be actively involved in research at the Center for Contemporary European Philosophy (CCEP), in particular into ethical issues surrounding the above-mentioned issues, and contribute to the acquisition of externally financed research projects.

Application deadline: 27 May 2018

For more info see here

  • Marketing and Communications Manager at Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin 

Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin is looking to appoint a visionary, talented, creative and experienced Marketing and Communications Manager to attract, engage, inspire and develop an audience expected to exceed 350,000 per annum. 

As the Marketing and Communications Manager, you will work primarily on the development and implementation of all marketing and communications activity for Science Gallery Dublin, with a particular emphasis on deepening digital engagement and innovation. Science Gallery is a communications-led organisation with a high level of marketing, content development and social media skills and activity distributed throughout the team. Therefore, you will act as
the project manager for marketing-led projects, enlisting the expertise and building dynamic project-focused teams around you as required, but also on a support basis on other projects where you, will, in turn act as a consulting expert.

You will report to the Director of Science Gallery and work closely with the Operations Manager, Programme Manager, Educational Manager, Technical Manager and Development team. This position plays a key role in creating organisational alignment across audience development and engagement objectives, it brings together the activities of the institution, ensuring that they are communicated with the Science Gallery voice and within the brand guidelines. You will work directly with communications, marketing and fundraising teams at Trinity College Dublin. You will also form a strong relationship and collaborate regularly with Science Gallery International, the organisation established in 2012 with the goal of establishing a network of Science Gallery nodes worldwide.

You will have a proven track record in youth communications, a contemporary interpretation of marketing and branding, with particular emphasis on the potential of digital to transform audience engagement, as well as a fearless appetite for experimentation, a hacker spirit, an ability to promote advocacy, and both strong local and international networks. You will have extensive management experience, working within organisations that require flexibility and an understanding of the culture of the organisation as a whole. You may have gained this in a cultural or non-profit setting, but may also have worked in a commercial environment. You will have a knowledge of the public affairs environment, as well as a demonstrated ability to support internal communications initiatives.

Closing Date: Wednesday 30th May 2018

For more info see here

  • Project and Policy Officer (Research and Innovation) at the European University Association (EUA) in Brussels

​EUA is seeking to recruit a motivated professional to implement a wide range of university-related activities aimed at strenghening the capacity of universities in the field of research and innovation and their representation at European policy level. The position involves gathering information from the EUA membership and other relevant sources, the organisation of meetings and events and building relationships with external partners to provide evidence-based support for policy development. The work relates specifically to the implementation of activities in the framework of Open Science including the EUA Roadmap on Research Assessment, the EUA Roadmap on Open Access, citizens’ science and the engagement of universities in this area.

The role and tasks of the Policy Officer, reporting to the R&I Director, include:

  • Gathering, processing and analysis of information from EUA membership and other relevant sources for evidence-based policy development. This may include, for example, survey implementation, data analysis and reporting, contributing to the development of project proposals, implementation of their activities and management, including budgetary matters and reports;
  • Liaising with EUA members and relevant outside partners;
  • Preparing and organising events and meetings;
  • Producing information material both within the R&I activities and projects, and for outside partners, e.g., EUA website, newsletters;
  • Contributing to the development of EUA R&I, evidence-based policy work and positions;
  • Assisting and representing EUA at internal and external meetings and events;
  • Other tasks as requested.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Deadline: 31 May 2018

For more info see here

  • Education Programme Manager at EIT Health (London)

Are you an energetic, proactive educational programme manager who wants to help drive innovation in the healthcare system?

EIT Health is one of the largest healthcare initiatives worldwide. We are a public-private partnership between the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, and more that 140 world leading organisations spanning key areas of healthcare, such as pharma, MedTech, payers, research institutions and universities.

The role is an exciting opportunity to work in the world’s largest network of health institutions to foster projects that inject an entrepreneurial approach into European healthcare education. Day-to-day this includes:

  • Supporting in the development, submission, evaluation and implementation of educational projects
  • Connecting academic and non-academic partners across Europe to develop innovative education proposals
  • Driving ET Health’s educational strategy throughout our partners
  • Working with a network of Education Programme Managers in Europe to connect partners throughout the network.

Deadline for applications: 3rd June 2018

For more info see here

  • ALLEA (All European Academies) is seeking a full time Head of Communications for the EU-funded project “Science Advice for Policy by the European Academies” (SAPEA)

  • Starting date: As soon as possible, ideally 1 July 2018
  • End date: 31 October 2020 (provisional termination of SAPEA grant)
  • Location: Brussels, Belgium 


Spanning the disciplines of engineering, humanities, medicine, natural sciences and social sciences, SAPEA is a Consortium of five European Academy Networks (Academia Europaea, ALLEA, EASAC, Euro-Case, FEAM) that brings together the outstanding knowledge and expertise from over 100 academies, young academies and learned societies in over 40 countries across Europe. 

Working closely with the European Commission Group of Chief Scientific Advisors, SAPEA provides timely, independent and evidence-based scientific expertise for the highest policy level in Europe and for the wider public. SAPEA is part of the European Commission Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) which provides independent scientific advice to the College of European Commissioners to support their decision making. 

The project is funded through a grant from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme running from November 2016-October 2020.

Main duties and responsibilities

The Communications work of SAPEA is central to the Consortium’s activities. The HC will lead the Communications Office, which will disseminate SAPEA’s outputs and build outreach and awareness of SAPEA’s work, including via relevant media channels. He/she will work with the European Academy Networks, their member academies, and the European Commission to communicate the Consortium’s work to key audiences, helping to promote public awareness and transparency. This position is responsible for maintaining the SAPEA corporate identity, and for curating and administering the Consortium’s website and social media presence. 

The HC’s responsibilities and tasks include in particular: 

  • Develop and deliver public engagement activities in a range of formats; ensure that the Consortium’s activities are communicated efficiently and effectively to target audiences, including influential stakeholder groups, and act as the first line of information for all enquiries from the media, representing the Consortium’s interests and policy positions accurately and responsibly at all times;
  • Manage the effective planning and delivery of the Consortium’s news output in close cooperation with the Scientific Advice Mechanism Unit of the European Commission;
  • Manage the budget for communications work and deliver all communications activity within agreed budgets;
  • Build relationships with journalists and other multipliers to increase understanding of the Consortium’s work and the value of scientific advice in general; develop ideas for stories, features and broadcasts as well as other forms of public engagement activities that showcase the work of the Consortium;
  • Manage a network of contacts, including science academies, partner networks, EU institutions’ communications offices and other relevant scientific stakeholders, and disseminate information about the Consortium’s work to these contacts, e.g. via a regular newsletter or other forms of dissemination;
  • Research new media contacts as appropriate for the Consortium’s work, in cooperation with member academies;
  • Manage and maintain the Consortium website, social media accounts, and the project’s on-line database of reports; coordinate, upload, update and manage content provided by, or produced in close cooperation with, others in the Consortium;
  • Attend meetings of the Consortium’s Board and Coordination Team and work closely together with SAPEA’s Senior Scientific Policy Officer, Coordinator, and Scientific Policy Officers. Regularly and directly report to the Consortium’s Board about the progress of the communications work, compiling press coverage for reporting purposes;
  • Provide advice and guidance (e.g. regarding the media strategy of a proposed action). Support and assist the Consortium Chair, Board Members, working group members and speakers in their interactions with the media;
  • Prepare the Consortium’s print publications, liaising with designers and layouters, as well as the providing metadata for reports.
  • Proofread all SAPEA publications prior to publication

Deadline for applications: 4 June 2018

For more info see here

  • Researcher with interest in community-led initiatives to an international research project at the University of Sheffield’s Urban Institute

Mistra Urban Futures is a research and knowledge center with headquarter in Gothenburg. It is funded by the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Environmental Research (Mistra), the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and a regional consortium of seven organisations in the Gothenburg City-Region.

Mistra Urban Futures aims to support the development of cities that are fair, green and accessible through local co-production partnerships – called Local Interaction Platforms - and international comparative research. The collaboration framework, Realising Just Cities, provides a shared orientation under which local hosts and partners across different sectors can develop transformative activities for sustainable urbanisation.

As part of comparative research between different Local Interaction Platforms, Sheffield-Manchester has initiated a project called ‘Self-Organising Action for Food Equity’ (SAFE). It is led by Dr Nick Taylor Buck at the University of Sheffield’s Urban Institute. The University of Sheffield hosts and co-finances the Sheffield-Manchester Local Interaction Platform (SMLIP) working across the Sheffield and Greater Manchester city-regions in the UK.

The SAFE project is using the urban food system as a lens for self-organising governance systems. Sheffield, Greater Manchester and Gothenburg are at pivotal points regarding their food systems, as all are about to embark on the development of comprehensive food strategies. An important aspect of the Gothenburg component of the SAFE project is to reciprocate with the goals of Gothenburg’s Applied Food Strategy (AFS), currently a testbed of the EU funded project Urban Rural Gothenburg (Stadslandet Göteborg) supported by Mistra Urban Futures Gothenburg platform.

A mixed peer Action Research Team (ART) will be convened in each of the three participating cities – Sheffield, Oldham/Manchester and Gothenburg. As a Research associate you will be responsible for convening and managing the ART in Gothenburg. The Gothenburg component of the SAFE project will be connected to Urban Rural Gothenburg. Urban Rural Gothenburg aims to achieve socio-economic sustainability through improved conditions for green innovation and green business development between the city and the countryside.

Major responsibilities

The primary task of the researcher is to support the research project through the Gothenburg case. You will work with relevant academic and non-academic partners to synthesise a rangeof knowledge forms through a variety of activities including desk-based reviews, literature reviews, interviews, learning visits to community-led initiatives in Gothenburg and convening talks, workshops and other knowledge exchange events.

The researcher will also create and lead a special Action Research Team (ART) in Gothenburg for the project, which will liaise directly with similar ARTs in Sheffield and Manchester.

Lastly, an important aspect of the research project is to reciprocate with the goals of Gothenburg’s Applied Food Strategy (AFS), currently a testbed of the project Urban Rural Gothenburg. As such, the task of the researcher is to work closely with the sustainability strategist responsible for the AFS to make sure that the research project delivers continuously in the applicative dimension.

A prerequisite is the possibility to travel as part of the job between Sweden and the UK occationally.

Position summary

Part-time temporary employment from 15th of August 2018 until 31st of December 2019. We primarily target persons employed by Chalmers or Gothenburg University, with opportunity to take on the assignment within their original employment position, in agreement with responsible manager. In that case, Mistra Urban Futures finances salary costs including social security costs and OH expenses up to 35 percent, in accordance with the agreement between Mistra Urban Futures and Mistra (Dnr C 2016-0508). Potential excess of OH expenses are funded by the home department.


We are looking for a researcher with a PhD in a relevant area of study, with a specific interest in community-led initiatives, for instance around food justice. Since the project involves both sociological and technological aspects of knowledge creation, we particularly welcome STS scholars. It is meritorious if you have experience of working with action research or similar forms of participatory research or co-production of knowledge.

It is desirable that you have the ability to work independently, but also that you can analyse and solve problems collectively. Since you will create and lead a mixed peer Action Research Team, the ability to communicate effectively with people at varying levels of seniority and across sectors is desirable. Experience of organising and facilitating different forms of knowledge exchange is also desirable.

Application deadline: 9 of June 2018

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  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) - Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge)

​The Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) was established by Anglia Ruskin University in 2011 as part of our University commitment to sustainability in research, teaching and operations. We’re looking to recruit an exceptional Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to support the EU H2020 RRING (‘Responsible Research and Innovation Networking Globally’) project which launched in May 2018 and will end in April 2021. You’ll be responsible for supporting a desk-based study of state-of-the-art governance approaches to Responsible Research & Innovation in the context of 7 different key geographies across the world, and with regard to energy, water management, digital/ICT and the bio-economy. 

With a degree plus a PhD or Professional Doctorate, you’ll have excellent advocacy and interpersonal skills, as well as a track record initiating or contributing to collaborative projects. You’ll also have a keen interest in being interdisciplinary, with the ability to critically engage with literatures spanning e.g. Responsible Research & Innovation, Development, Justice, Sustainability Science, Gender, Science Education, Ethics, Public Engagement, and/or Innovation Studies. You’ll also have the ability to work independently with limited supervision. 

Whilst initially 9 months in duration, there is a possibility that this contract will be extended. 

Closing Date - 10 June 2018 

For more info see here

  • Project and Policy Assistant (full time/ maternity cover) at the European University Association (EUA)

​EUA is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic project & policy assistant for a ten-month maternity cover within its
Institutional Development Unit. The contract should start in the second half of July 2018 and a training period
is foreseen.

The role:

  • Ensure the timely execution of the Institutional Evaluation Programme’s (IEP) evaluations from the contracting phase to the closing report, including the coordination of logistical aspects of site visits by high-level experts to institutions across Europe;
  • Organise meetings and events in co-operation with local hosts;
  • Contribute to developing project proposals, implementing on-going projects and reporting on them;
  • Provide administrative support for day-to-day unit activities and projects, such as booking travels for the unit staff, managing expense claims, filing and correspondence;
  • Represent EUA at events.
  • The role entails some occasional travelling within Europe.

Deadline: 15 June 2018.

For more info see here

  • Research fellow in Gender Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences - University of Stavanger 

The University of Stavanger invites applications for a PhD position/research fellow in Gender Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The employee will be affiliated with the Network for Gender Studies.

This is a trainee position that will give promising researchers an opportunity for academic development leading to a doctoral degree. Appointment is for three years with research duties only or four years with research and 25% compulsory duties. This will be decided in the recruitment process. The position is vacant from August 1, 2018.

The research area for the position is the posthuman turn, which have impacted theory development in the field of feminist and gender studies in recent years. Central to the research area are critical perspectives on structural (in)equality in a globalised world, climate change, the welfare state, ethics and knowledge production. The position is relevant for theoretical development within adjoining fields of study, such as queer ecologies, crip theory & disability studies, decolonial studies, energy, environment and society, critical race studies, monster studies (feminist) philosophy of science, social sciences and cultural studies.

We invite applicants to outline a project proposal concerning the posthuman turn in gender studies. Potential approaches are:

  • Knowledge production: How can posthuman perspectives contribute to a potential renegotiation of epistemology and ontology in our time? Relevant cases are for example recent developments in feminist philosophy of science or studies of such negotiations in speculative fiction.
  • Identity and belonging: the posthuman turn challenges conventional structures of difference and differentiation. Relevant case studies are for example how these challenges manifest in political debates, popular culture or media landscapes.
  • The welfare state and welfare technologies: increasing use of technology in the care, health and welfare sector accentuate ethical and political challenges concerning user participation and demands for more efficient services. Relevant case studies are for example technology-mediated care practices, such as the care robot or reproductive assistance.
  • Biotechnology and ethics: what kinds of possibilities can a posthuman perspective offer to contemporary ethical debates about the sorting society and body modfication? Relevant case studies are for example egg donation and fetal diagnostics.
  • Climate change and sustainable development: in what ways are ideas and discourses about the posthuman negotiated, and in which contexts? Relevant cases are for example normcritical perspectives on climate politics, animal welfare and food politics.

Applicants are asked to supply a project proposal of max. 5 pages.

Deadline for applications: 18th of June

For more info see here

  •  Full Professor Ethics of Technology at the Philosophy and Ethics group at Eindhoven University of Technology

​The Philosophy and Ethics group at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands seeks a full professor in Ethics of Technology, with specific interests in ethical issues concerning smart systems, robotics and artificial intelligence.

Institutional Setting 

The position is embedded in the Philosophy & Ethics (P&E) group at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). The group is part of the School of Innovation Sciences, one of the two schools of the Department of Industrial Engineering & Innovation Sciences (IE&IS). Research at TU/e concerns key new technologies. The university is aware of the implications these technologies can have for human lives and society, including their potential to advance or to compromise the values we cherish as a society (e.g. fairness, privacy, justice). Incorporating these values in the design and development of new technologies requires active contributions by researchers in the social sciences and humanities as well as scientists working in the engineering domains. The department of IE&IS forms the heart of the university’s commitment to the social sciences and humanities in preparing future engineers for the challenges of tomorrow.

Research at the School of Innovation Sciences is currently organized into three groups: (1) Human-Technology Interaction; (2) Philosophy & Ethics; (3) Technology, Innovation & Society. In all groups, research concerns how humans and societies bring about technological change, and how technological innovations change society and human behaviour. To investigate the many mutual interactions between humans, society and technology, research spans across fields such as cognitive and social psychology, history and philosophy of technology, and economics of innovation. The aim is to contribute both to research in the humanities and social sciences, and to the design and governance of technological innovations by all relevant stakeholders.

Research in the P&E group takes place at the interface between fundamental philosophical issues and the real-world problems that arise from the design, implementation, use and regulation of innovative technologies. Research areas to which the P&E group primarily seeks to contribute are: (applied) ethics, meta-ethics, philosophy of science and technology, epistemology, and metaphysics. Relevant areas of application include medical technology, energy systems, and robotics. Philosophical research in the group is informed by empirical work on design, use and innovation, including the social, psychological and economic mechanisms that shape these activities; hence multidisciplinary cooperation is integral to it.


The full professor is expected to do research in the broad field of ethics of technology, at the interface between fundamental philosophical issues and problems arising in the design, implementation, use and regulation of technology. Sample issues include: How can we see to it that emerging and converging technologies and infrastructures express our considered moral judgments and widely endorsed public values? How can we assess our technologies in the light of public moral values like sustainability, autonomy, safety, justice, privacy, and fairness? How are our norms and values affected by technological developments? The research by the full professor should offer original, internationally recognized ways of addressing these issues, with good opportunities for acquiring external funding and establishing multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Specifically, the full professor should have a track record of research in information ethics, or show high potential for developing research lines on ethical issues concerning smart systems, robotics and artificial intelligence. TU/e wishes to further strengthen its profile as a centre for excellent research on the information-driven society. The full professor is expected to make an active contribution to this in the context of TU/e’s Strategic Areas (Energy, Health, Smart Mobility) and research centres, such as the High-Tech Systems Centre, the Data Science Centre and the Centre for Humans and Technology.


The P&E group is responsible for a large number of courses in the TU/e Bachelor College as well as in the Graduate School. The full professor is expected to strengthen the humanities component in academic curricula at TU/e and represent the social sciences and humanities in discussions regarding TU/e’s educational profile. S/he will take the lead in developing, coordinating and teaching courses in which ethical theories and concepts are applied to technology design and implementation.


The full professor will contribute to leading the P&E research program and the P&E group. S/he will serve in group-, school-, and university-level committees and help to strengthen the department's Strategic Themes and the university’s Strategic Areas. S/he will contribute to the management of the 4TU.Centre for Ethics of Technology, which is currently coordinated by the P&E group.

The academic culture in the P&E group is characterized by collegial decision-making, and strong collaboration at the group-, school- and university level; the managerial style of the full professor should reflect this.


  • Conducts internationally leading research in ethics and technology
  • Contributes actively to strengthening TU/e’s research on the information-driven society
  • Initiates, acquires funding for, and leads (multidisciplinary) research projects
  • Strengthens TU/e’s Research Centres and Strategic Areas
  • Communicates with societal stakeholders and the general public about ethics research
  • Teaches courses in the Bachelor College and Graduate School at TU/e
  • Initiates and participates in course development
  • Plays a leading role in, and represents the humanities- and social-science component in the Bachelor College
  • Serves in management of P&E, the 4TU Centre for Ethics and Technology and IE&IS as needed

Deadline for applications: June 23, 2018

For more info see here

Thursday 03

Several job opportunities (STEM Education; Public Engagement; Innovative medicines; RRI, robotics & urban energy; RRI, public engagement, policy codesign & cocreation; Gender & Politics; Science & Technology Studies; innovation policies & knowledge transfer)

Posted by RRI Tools on 03 May 2018

  • STEM Education Programme Officer at ​European Schoolnet in Brussels

MAIN TASKS - This list is for indicative purposes only. It will be adapted to meet the priorities of the
organisation and in response to skills demonstrated by the candidate. Tasks will include:

  • Staying up to date and providing and analysing information on the latest research in the area of STEM Education (including Physics Education Research, Chemistry Education Research, Mathematics Education Research, Life sciences, etc.) for reports, proposals, presentations, etc.
  • Providing in-depth analysis on different specific countries and topics e.g. based on the TIMMS and PISA results.
  • Defining the methodology for evaluation of different studies, tools and services within STEM education projects, and carrying out the consequent analysis.
  • Contributing to define the European Schoolnet STEM education agenda and proposing potential projects to be developed (including the participation to the writing of these projects).
  • Liaising with policy makers, industry representatives and other stakeholders to present European Schoolnet’s work in the area of STEM education. 

Deadline for applications: 7th of May 2018

For more info see here

  • Two Research Associates at the Responsible Research and Innovation Hub in UCL’s Department of Science and Technology Studies 

The Responsible Research and Innovation Hub in UCL’s Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) is participating in two Horizon 2020 projects:

SCALINGS: Investigating how cocreation instruments operate under different socio-cultural contexts, asking whether they can be generalised, transferred and scaled up, with a focus on robotics and urban energy.
SISCODE: Investigating the potential of design methodologies to help move public participation beyond consultation and into policy codesign and cocreation.
Both projects are funded by grants from the European Commission and will involve working with partners across Europe. UCL’s involvement is led by Dr Melanie Smallman and Dr Jack Stilgoe.
Duties and responsibilities:
  • To contribute to the design and implementation of a range of activities in relation to the SCALINGS/SISCODE projects
  • To set up and run other research activities relating to RRI and its stakeholders, in consultation with the Principal Investigator and project team, ensuring that they are appropriately supervised and supported. 
  • To prepare progress reports and present findings of hub activity to colleagues for review purposes and to organise project meetings
  • Attending project meetings as needed, which might involve some European Travel and overnight stays
  • To contribute to drafting and submitting papers to appropriate peer reviewed journals.
  • To undertake a limited amount of teaching and training in relation to RRI
  • Providing support for the smooth running of the RRI Hub, including events, website and the Hub’s database of contacts.

Closing Date: 21 May 2018

For more info see here

  • Researcher Engagement Coordinator at the Wellcome Genome Campus Connecting Science,  Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, UK

A brand new and exciting opportunity has arisen to join our dynamic Public Engagement team dedicated to inspiring new thinking, sparking conversation and supporting learning around genomic science and its applications.

You will lead the shaping and delivering of our growing programme of training and support activity across our Campus which plays home to the world-leading Wellcome Sanger Institute and EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute. You will also encompass our work to promote and embed a culture of engaged and responsible research and innovation (RRI) across our campus. In particular relevance to this, you will support our work within NUCLEUS - a European Commission supported project exploring practical implementation of RRI policies in research organisations, in Europe and beyond.

You will work closely with the wider public engagement team. There will also be strong cross working with companion teams across the Campus, whose roles cover training, research support, policy and communications.

This is a challenging and rewarding role, being at the heart of an energetic and visionary research campus. There will be plenty of scope for personal and professional development within the role.

You will have a first degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) or a field related to public engagement, impact or policy, and have a consistent track record of stakeholder and/or public engagement activities. Experience of working within busy research communities on projects of change would be valuable, as would implementation of support structures or interventions in researcher training and development.

Closing Date: 18th May 2018 

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  • Scientific Project Officer at the Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking in Brussels

The Innovative Medicines Initiative 2 Joint Undertaking (IMI2 JU) is working to improve health by speeding up the development of, and patient access to, innovative medicines, particularly in areas where there is an unmet medical or social need. It does this by facilitating collaboration between the key players involved in healthcare research, including universities, the pharmaceutical and other industries, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), patient organisations, and medicines regulators. IMI2 JU is a partnership between the European Union and the European pharmaceutical industry, represented by the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA).

The specific goal of IMI2 JU is to develop next generation vaccines, medicines and treatments, such as new antibiotics. It will build on the successes and lessons learnt under IMI's first phase. It brings together companies, universities, public laboratories, innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), patient groups and regulators in collaborative projects to pave the way for breakthrough vaccines, medicines and treatments to tackle Europe’s growing health challenges, and secure the future international competitiveness of Europe’s pharmaceutical industry.

The Scientific Project Officer will be assigned duties and responsibilities within the scientific operations team related to the planning, management and implementation of research and development activities and the follow-up of the entire cycle of projects. The Scientific Project Officer will be in particular responsible for:

  • Contributing to the planning, management and monitoring of calls for proposals/tenders, the evaluation processes, the grant preparation stage and the monitoring of launched projects;
  • Ensuring adequate follow-up of issues related to project implementation, contractual obligations and the management of external expertise;
  • The management of the technical aspects of contracts linked to the preparation and implementation of the projects, or to collaborate during the preparation of such contracts;
  • The co-ordination and networking aspects of IMI2 JU projects;
  • Providing statistical input for IMI2 JU papers, communications or other documents concerning the IMI2 JU objectives and performance measurement;
  • Promoting awareness of evaluation needs and benefits within IMI2 JU;
  • Participating in the implementation of IMI2 JU scientific priorities;
  • Reporting on evaluation activities of IMI2 JU;
  • Collaborating in the activities of the scientific team.

Applications must be submitted by 21 May 2018

For more info see here

  • Lecturer - Gender and Politics at the University of Edinburgh - College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences: Politics and International Relations

You will further the School’s reputation in Politics and International Relations, with a specialism in Gender and Politics from any subfield of gender politics, but especially in public policy, international development, comparative politics, environment, or security.

You must demonstrate experience, achievement and outstanding potential reflected in a growing personal teaching, and supervisory portfolio.  It is essential that you present a research profile, in both experience to date and in future potential, which is at the forefront of your area of activity. You will be expected to play a full part in the collegial life of the Subject Group and the School. 

​This full time (35 hours per week), open ended position is available from 1 August 2018.  Consideration may be given to this post being part time, however the part time nature of the post must not be less than 0.8fte (28 hours per week).

Closing date: 22nd May 2018

For more info see here

  • Associate Professor in Science & Technology Studies at the School of Sociology and Social Policy of the University of Nottingham

The School of Sociology and Social Policy (SSP) is a vibrant, diverse and exciting centre for social science teaching and research. We are a multidisciplinary unit covering criminology, public policy, social policy, social work and sociology. Cutting across these disciplinary boundaries are two shared values: the promotion of global and social justice and a desire in our teaching and research to ‘make a difference’.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to make a significant leadership contribution to research and teaching in science and technology studies (STS) and sociology in the School of Sociology and Social Policy.

The role holder will be a member of the School’s Institute for Science and Society (ISS) and have a leading role in grant capture, interdisciplinary/collaborative research with impact, mentoring of early career staff and PhD students, and sociology teaching. To work in a collaborative, interdisciplinary fashion and enhance one of our established strengths in STS (i.e. environment, energy and sustainability; health and illness) or help build one of our emerging clusters (e.g. around big data and digital sociology).

Taking responsibility for maintaining high standards of teaching, and contribute generally to the development of teaching, teaching methods and assessment in sociology. The person appointed will also be expected to play an active part in the management of the School, for example by taking on a significant administrative role in relation to research and/or teaching.

We welcome applications from candidates with extensive research and teaching experience in a relevant area. This is a full-time job available from 1 September 2018 on a permanent basis. Job share arrangements may be considered for this post.

Closing Date: Friday 25 May 2018

For more info see here

  • Postdoc position at the Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy (CFA) at the Department of Political Science at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University 

Research at CFA is broadly concerned with research -, innovation -, and higher education policy with emphasis on empirical studies. The current research portfolio at CFA includes projects on innovation policy and the relation between innovation and productivity, quality in research and higher education, research funding, research integrity, gender equality in science, and responsible research and innovation (RRI).

In addition to research activities, CFA contributes to broader knowledge sharing and capacity building related to research -, innovation -, and higher education policy by providing research-based advice to public authorities. CFA performs commissioned evaluations, analyses and impact studies at Danish, Nordic, and European level, thus contributing to evidence-based policy making.

Job description - The successful applicant will be contributing to a three-year research project that seeks to analyse the role of regions and urban areas in fostering firm productivity growth, with focus on Business Region Aarhus. This can include the roles of clustering and global value chains, of innovation and innovative competences, and of mobility and knowledge transfer.

Qualifications - Applicants should hold (or be close to completing) a PhD in a social science discipline such as economics or management, or in an interdisciplinary research field related to science, technology and innovation, or have equivalent academic qualifications. Applicants should demonstrate extensive experience with empirical research, possess strong skills in quantitative methods, and have an excellent command of spoken and written English. Applicants should also preferably have experience within the analysis of innovation and productivity growth.

Deadline for applications: 11.06.2018 

For more info see here

Monday 23

Several job opportunities (Big Data Value; Universities, Science Policy, Enterprise & Innovation, Information & Open Access; Ethics, RRI & ICT; Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning; Gender Parity)

Posted by RRI Tools on 23 Apr 2018

  • International Secretariat Officer at the Big Data Value Association (Brussels)

​SMIT (Studies on Media, Innovation and Technology) is a research center at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. SMIT is also a core research group of imec, Europe’s leading research institute on nano-technology and digital innovation. For more than 25 years, imec-SMIT specializes in economic, living lab and policy research on ICT innovation in Media, Smart Cities, and Healthcare and consist of over 65 senior and junior researchers.

imec-SMIT hosts a number of international associations active in in the same field of expertise in its EU Hub in our Brussels office. For one of these, the Big Data Value Association AISBL (BDVA), imec-SMIT is now looking for a full time person to fulfil the tasks of International Secretariat.

BDVA is a fully self-financed non–for-profit organisation under Belgian law and is the private counterpart to the EU Commission to implement the BDV cPPP programme (Big Data Value Public Private Partnership). BDVA has almost 200 members all over Europe with a well-balanced composition of large, small and medium-sized industries as well as research organizations. The objectives of the Association are to boost European Big Data Value research, development and innovation and to foster a positive perception of Big Data Value.

The Secretariat operates under the authority of the BDVA Secretary-General, who is responsible for the day-to-day administrative management of the Association.

Function description:

The international Secretariat official performs the following tasks in close collaboration with the Secretary General

  • Membership management: Including the management and maintenance of the register of members and all relevant documentation; day-to-day contact with members for administrative purposes; management of distribution lists; contact point for the info email account; membership updates; managing new applications for membership; producing statistics & reports for the Secretary General and the Board of Directors.
  • Meetings: organisation of meetings and conference calls (e.g. Board of Directors, General Assembly, Partnership Board, Activity Groups, etc.); logistics for the meetings and conference calls; producing minutes and reports.
  • Documentation: maintain a documentation repository and make it available to members and external stakeholders.
  • Communications and organisation of events including website content management, newsletters, management of social media channels, production of communication materials and the organisation of seminars, conferences and summits; support the implementation of the communication strategy.
  • Financial management: invoice management for memberships and events. Assist the Treasurer and Secretary General in general financial management and preparation of the annual budget.
  • Support in other tasks like: production of position papers and whitepapers, development of internal surveys, etc.

Deadline for applications: April 30th

For more info see here

  • Policy Officer at LERU

LERU is an interest organisation in which 23 leading European universities are united. lts activities consist of identifying strategically important themes of European research, innovation and education policy, discuss them within the organisation, formulate common positions and communicate them to the stakeholders (European and national authorities, stakeholder organisations, universities and industry).

A second role of LERU consists in the promotion of cooperation and the development of best practices between the member universities. LERU policy positions are developed through a number of policy groups (PG) and thematic groups (TG).


The LERU Policy Officer coordinates and supports the activities of certain LERU PG, in particular those dealing with "Enterprise & Innovation" (PG) and "Information & Open Access" (PG).

  • You are the first point of contact for these PG.
  • You coordinate the work of the PG, together with their steering groups/chair persons. This includes a.o. the development of agendas for their meetings, writing briefing papers and meeting reports, attending meetings and carrying out decisions taken, etc.
  • You monitor EU policy in your areas of responsibility, provide analysis, inform and advise your LERU groups.
  • You monitor the agenda's of the European institutions, their press releases and the documents they publish.
  • You monitor the legislative proposals of the European institutions, make an analysis of their impact for LERU and its members, and formulate LERU positions on them.
  • You participate in EU meetings and maintain contacts with relevant EU officials and others.
  • You report directly to the Secretary-General on your areas of responsibility.

Deadline for applications: May 16, 2018.

For more info see here

  • Research Officer and Development Manager at De Montfort University - Faculty of Technology

De Montfort University's Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility (CCSR) is offering the position of a Research Officer and Development Manager. The CCSR is a highly successful research group focusing on ethical and social issues of information and communication technology (ICT). The CCSR has recently won three new funded projects in the overlapping areas of ethics and human rights of artifician intelligence and big data, responsible research and innovation in industry and in international context.

The role is for 0.5 FTE over three years; distribution of this time over the working week will be open to discussion.

This position will further strengthen the position of the CCSR as a leadingresearch group by contributing to its outward facing activities (website, social media, marketing material), identifying and exploiting synergies between different projects, developing and implementing strategies to identify new markets and potential partners and supporting the CCSR Director in all administrative and research supporting activities that contribute to these goal.

Ideal Candidate

  • You will possess a good general education to degree standard (or experiential equivalent) and you will have an excellent track record in administration with experience of dealing with senior colleagues and working to tight deadlines.
  • You should have experience in research projects and / or business development and outreach to new partners

Deadline for applications: 21st May 2018

For more info see here

  • Project Lead, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning at the World Economic Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (the “Center”) in San Francisco

​Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are already impacting governments, enterprises, institutions, and individuals in multiple ways, and will have increasingly complex and far-reaching consequences in the coming years. The Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Project aims to create policy and governance frameworks that will be piloted by governments and other stakeholders around the world in order to shape the trajectory of emerging technologies so that they benefit society.
The Project Lead will work with the Project Head to define and progress the Project and the team aligned to the Project (3 to 5 people), working closely with the Forum System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Digital Economy and Society. The Project Lead will help facilitate collaboration across other Center projects such as autonomous vehicles, civilian use of drones, environment, Internet of Things (IoT), digital trade and cross border data flows, and blockchain. The Project Lead will help to facilitate engagement across the Forum's existing global communities of business executives, leading academicians from the world's top research universities, government officials, start-up community, media, civil society organizations, social entrepreneurs, and Center Partners which include salesforce, Microsoft, Kaiser Permanente, SAP, Palantir, Huawei, IDEO, Reliance Industries, and Turkcell. The position is based in San Francisco.
This position will also assist in leadership of the Forum’s Digital Protocol Network on Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things & the Future of Trust, one of the Center’s multistakeholder and transnational working groups that develops non-binding policy and policy implementation frameworks on critical digital economy issues. The Project Lead will be part of the broader Digital Protocol Networks team and will be a key contributor to the successful development and deployment of the Digital Protocol Networks strategy across all World Economic Forum projects and activities.

For more info see here 

  • Project Lead, Gender Parity - System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Education, Gender and Work at the World Economic Forum (Geneva)

The World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the international organization for public-private cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
The System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Education, Gender and Work aims to enable people to fulfil their potential by developing and deploying their talent, thereby contributing to more prosperous economies and societies. It drives the development of education that matches the needs of the future, promotes a workforce that is better prepared for shifts in labour markets, identifies opportunities for job creation and ensures that gains and opportunities are shared equally, regardless of gender, age or origin. The System Initiative offers the latest knowledge to leaders and the public to help inform their decision-making, provides a platform on which leaders can build consensus and share ideas, and supports collaborative and coordinated action.
As a Project Lead, you will:
Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage the System Initiative project on Closing the Gender Gap and associated activities in the Gender Parity module. The project aims to create global and national public-private collaboration platforms to address current gender gaps and reshape gender parity for the future
  • Develop and implement project plans and strategies that fit the team’s overall mission, and collaborate with internal teams and external stakeholders to implement these plans
  • Ensure that project results are documented consistently and regularly shared with stakeholders
  • Collaborate with Forum colleagues to shape the design and content of events, and support the team’s media and communication strategy
  • Manage and build strong relationships with partners from business, government and civil society
  • In terms of gender parity, identify emerging themes, facilitate the input of new and practical research, develop new insights and tap into the System Initiative’s existing body of knowledge
  • Manage secondees working on the Closing the Gender Gap project
  • Develop a strong understanding of the Forum’s mission
  • Monitor global developments related to education and skills, work and employment, and gender parity as well as the intersections between them

For more info see here

Monday 09

Several job opportunities (Transport, Bioeconomy, Blue Growth & Water; Digital Contents & Science Communication; LGBTQI & Engagement; GIS & Sustainable Cities; Science & evidence in public life; GDPR)

Posted by RRI Tools on 09 Apr 2018

  • ERRIN is looking to recruit a Member Relations Officer (Brussels)

The role of Member Relations Officer is to facilitate the running of several ERRIN Working Groups and supporting the profile raising of both ERRIN as an organisation as well as its members.  

ERRIN currently has 14 Working Groups covering a vast variety of research and innovation topics. The Working Groups are co-lead by ERRIN members and supported by the ERRIN secretariat. The themes of the Working Groups may vary, but currently, the Members Relations Officer supports Working Groups on Transport, Bioeconomy, Blue Growth and Water. 
The post will also involve giving regular presentations on ERRIN and its key activities, as well as supporting the Director with tasks linked to organisation of Management Board meetings and Annual General Meetings.  

Deadline for applications: 13 April 17.00 CET

For more info see here

  • Digital Content Producer (News) at the Natural History Museum (London)

The role

  • Be part of a growing digital team at the Natural History Museum in the Digital Media and Marketing Department. Collaborate with in-house scientists to create digital news content about the Museum's scientific research, collections and public programme.
  • The Digital Content Producer is responsible for reporting compelling, accurate news about the Museum's scientific research, collections, and public programme.
  • Working with various Museum departments, the Digital Content Producer will develop and create fast-turnaround news aimed at both general and scientific audiences.
  • Reporting to the Digital Content Manager (News), they will create engaging news reports and editorial features for the Museum's digital platforms to help drive traffic, provide public value and place the Museum's work into the national news agenda.                     
  • The Digital Content Producer will ensure that all content is produced to a high standard, taking into account style guidelines and industry standards for SEO and accessibility.
  • The role entails working with a wide range of staff members and managing conflicting priorities. The Digital Content Producer will need to be organised, diplomatic and an effective communicator.
  • The Digital Content Producer will also provide training for colleagues, supporting staff outside of the team commissioned to produce editorial features.

For more info see here 

Deadline for applications: 9am on Wednesday 19 April 2018

  • Membership engagement officer at IGLYO (Brussels)

IGLYO’s Secretariat in Brussels is recruiting for a brand new post: Membership Engagement Officer. The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator, able to build strong relationships with our existing members and reach out to new organisations to convince them of the benefits of becoming part of the largest LGBTQI youth and student network in the world. The role will involve reviewing the needs and priorities or our member organisations, making them aware of all the opportunities at IGLYO, and providing them with support. Other duties will include assisting with the planning and delivery of IGLYO’s training and events, developing our alumni network and building IGLYO’s archives. If you are highly organised, energetic and persuasive, and interested in listening to and supporting others, we would love to hear from you!

For more info see here

Deadline for applications: 25 April 2018 at 20:00 CET

  • Earthwatch is recruiting a qualified GIS specialist to assist in the construction of an online Esri-based data platform for the Sustainable Cities programme (Oxford)






Key deliverables:

  • The construction of nine data acquisition survey forms
  • Supporting the development of an online database for project scientific partners
  • Supporting the development of data-stories for each project
  • Delivering GIS work on international projects
  • Preparing and coordinating GIS systems for researchers based in the UK and overseas (travel not required)
  • Liaising with internal and external researchers
  • Undertaking GIS mapping, analysis and data management
  • Analysing and developing databases
  • Working with Earthwatch's lead GIS researcher to deliver GIS deliverables to tight deadlines
  • Undertaking quality control of GIS work undertaken by researchers and the public when required
  • Contributing to the technical development of the GIS systems through sharing ideas and innovations
  • Performing other duties and responsibilities as required from time to time by your manager or Earthwatch
  • A key requirement of this role is the effective collaboration with Earthwatch's lead GIS researcher and Senior Research Manager. You will also be working with research partners from across the globe and multiple external partners.

For more info see here

Deadline: 29 April 2018

  • Head of fundraising at Sense about Science (London)

Sense about Science is a unique campaigning charity that challenges the misrepresentation of science and evidence in public life. We advocate openness and honesty about research findings and work to ensure the public interest in sound science and evidence is recognised in public discussion and policymaking.

We’ve changed many debates about science and evidence over the past 15 years by involving the public and researchers in challenging misleading claims; we started and lead the AllTrials campaign for all clinical trials to be registered and reported; we review the transparency of government’s use of evidence each year; and run the Ask for Evidence public campaign. We help people use scientific questioning to navigate debates, from forensic genetics to allergies. Our direct approach to difficult subjects is ‘public-led, expert-fed’ and it is in high demand.

We now have a vacancy for a head of fundraising to develop and deliver a fundraising strategy and pipeline, working with the leadership and wider team to ensure we have a healthy, sustainable philanthropic income stream.


Achieve the charity’s fundraising ambitions through:

  • Ensuring relationships with existing donors are maintained and nurtured effectively across our team and board
  • Researching prospective donors, including foundations and individuals, and planning and orchestrating approaches
  • Writing effective funding introductions, applications, proposals and donor reports
  • Overseeing systems for tracking prospects, donor communications and the impact of funded work
  • Working with the director to determine strategic priorities and ensure they will deliver funds to agreed targets
  • Ensuring the highest professional and ethical standards are adopted to meet relevant legal, professional, regulatory and compliance requirements
  • Reporting accurate and timely updates back to the director
  • Ensuring that all pledged and committed income is collected from sources.

For more info see here

Application deadline: 10am, Monday 30 April

  • Research Analyst with expertise and experience in relation to GDPR at Trilateral Research (London)

Trilateral Research is a leading London-based multi-disciplinary research, consulting and technology services development company. Our teams collaborate across social sciences and technology development, deriving insights that support data-driven innovation. We deliver bespoke, multi-disciplinary services to clients in the public and private sectors (including European Commission-funded H2020 innovation projects).

Trilateral is recruiting for a research analyst with expertise and experience in relation to GDPR, including sound knowledge or interest in European data protection legislation, notably the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Police Directive and the e-Privacy Regulation.

Key responsibilities

  • Developing proposals and bids for new projects, as well as executing the work required by clients in the areas to include: GDPR compliance activities, data protection impact assessments, data mapping services to aid in addressing risk management issues and complying with GDPR requirements, developing consent and privacy notices
  • Writing briefs for clients on above topic areas
  • Managing internal GDPR related projects, to ensure organisational compliance with all processes and procedures, including internal training of senior staff, interfacing with the ICO, and responding to all requests for information.
  • Undertake systematic Data Protection Act compliance audits in accordance with the Information Commissioners audit tool, including any third-party premises where appropriate

For more info see here

Sunday 18

Several job opportunities (Citizen Science, Science Communication, Integrated Engineering Education,Patient & Public Involvement facilitator, Industrial Strategy & Policy Engagement)

Posted by RRI Tools on 18 Mar 2018

  • Research Associate at UCL - Coordinator of the DITO (Doing It Together Science) Project (London)

An opportunity has arisen for an experienced research associate to take on a high level project coordination role within the H2020 Citizen Science Coordination and Support Action (CSA) ‘Doing It Together Science’ (DITOS) - 

The main responsibility of the post will be to coordinate, co-author, and monitor project outputs, working with consortium partners to define the structure of their reports and methodologies, and to gather and analyse the supporting data. In addition, the postholder will assist the Principal Investigator, Professor Haklay, with coordination of day-to-day project activities and will monitor budgets, deviations from plan and risks encountered, supported by the group’s Scientific Manager, who will gather and consolidate information from the 11 partners.

The post is due to start April/May 2018 and is funded in the first instance until the end of May 2019.

Key Requirements

  • The successful candidate will be educated to PhD level or equivalent such as EngD. 
  • They will have excellent English spoken and  writing skills across a range of genres to support a variety of audiences including fellow academics, H2020 project reviewers, policy makers, citizen scientists and the general public. 
  • The postholder should demonstrate a high-level of project coordination, supported by a good working knowledge of technical tools such as spreadsheets for project monitoring and quality assurance. They will also be required to demonstrate a sound knowledge and understanding of citizen science and its open environment.

Closing Date: 28 Mar 2018

For more info see here

  • Editorial Coordinator at EUREKA (Brussels)

The Editorial Coordinator plans, writes and sub-edits publications, and coordinates graphic design following house style and dissemination. S/he writes the storylines and content (online and print) that effectively target audiences in the business R&D community. S/he takes a lead role in the review, development and implementation of an annual publications plan. S/he is an outstanding writer. S/he can write targeted messages, often to tight deadlines, that engage readers, advance arguments, and inspire action. The post holder excels at distilling sometimes complex scientific content into simple, clear prose and understands the value of visual elements in telling a story.


  • Editor-in-charge of EUREKA’s Innovation Across Borders biannual print magazine
  • Coordinator of EUREKA’s annual report and other print publications
  • Writing and editorial coordination of web news and newsletters
  • Coordinator of project success stories selection, production and dissemination
  • Contribution to other parts of the communication strategy, as necessary

Closing date: 30 March 2018 

For more info see here

  • Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Integrated Engineering Education at New Model in Technology and Engineering (Hereford)

The New Model in Technology & Engineering (NMiTE) is seeking to appoint its Founding Faculty. This is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to join the team that's creating the brightest and boldest start-up in higher education anywhere in the world.

Available roles

  • Assistant Professor in Integrated Engineering Education (equivalent to Lecturer) (ref: P1)
  • Associate Professor in Integrated Engineering Education (equivalent to Senior Lecturer) (ref: P2)
  • Full Professor in Integrated Engineering Education (equivalent to Reader) (ref: P3)

About NMiTE

Today, technology is not just changing what we do, but who we are. Mastering technology to address the challenges of tomorrow demands a new kind of engineer. And that demands a new kind of engineering higher education. At NMiTE our mission is to find, equip and empower a new generation of minds from diverse backgrounds to meet these challenges. In students we're seeking curiosity, passion and persistence over starred grades; and in our faculty, inspirational educators who will lead through wholly new ways of learning. If this is a mission that excites you, come and help us make it real.

NMiTE is unique. Here there are no separate 'Departments' or 'Faculties'.  Instead, we'll be developing learning teams designed around the delivery of our unique academic curriculum: one co-developed with employers, and built to the highest standards. 

The Roles

The NMiTE academic is an innovative, enterprising and visionary educator, who deeply cares about the development and achievement of his/her learners; who challenges convention, sees beyond traditional approaches - and who is not afraid of taking risks.

In the post of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, you will design, develop and implement a completely new approach to engineering education.  You will facilitate students’ learning using a mentor/coach approach, through experiential and group learning, whilst ensuring individual development and achievement in your area of expertise.

As an NMiTE Professor, you will also be expected to help shape and contribute to different aspects of the student learning experience, as well as keeping abreast of innovative pedagogies - and being active in the scholarly realm.

The closing date is 31 March 2018.  

For more info see here

  • Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) facilitator at Nottingham University Hospitals

At Nottingham University Hospitals we have built up a good reputation for our work in actively involving patients and the public (PPI) to help prioritise and enrich our research. We now have an exciting opportunity for two keen and enthusiastic individuals to continue to shape this work and find new ways of involving a much wider range of people representative of our local communities.

The aim of this role is to support the R&I Divisional Teams and the R&I Chief Operating Officer and the Director of Patient Involvement & Engagement with their day to day PPI requirements, from putting them in touch with the right kind of people to involve in their work, to organising focus groups. The postholder/s will be key members of the Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement team for the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre based at Research & Innovation which supports clinical research. The successful applicants will be supporting patients and carers, including members of the Young People’s Advisory Group. A significant amount of time will be given to supporting researchers and research teams to think how they might meaningfully involve people with direct experience of the condition being studied.

You will need to have good communications and negotiation skills, be constantly diplomatic and good at working cooperatively with a range of partners. Experience of running meetings and facilitating discussions is desirable.

Experience of working in the NHS and patient and public involvement is desirable but not essential as we will provide an induction and on-going support. You will need to be organised, keen to stay on top of administrative chores and good at prioritising multiple tasks. An understanding of research and the academic environment would be desirable.

Closing: 02/04/2018

For more info see here

  • Head of Industrial Strategy & Policy Engagement at Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, UCL (London)

Duties and Responsibilities

Industrial strategy is gaining increasing traction in the UK and globally, and becoming a crucial part of public policy development and implementation. Universities have a central role to play in engaging with industrial strategy and public policy development, and ensuring that they are informed by academic expertise. UCL aims to play a leading role in taking this agenda forward, as both a contributor of knowledge to and convenor of debate on industrial strategy.

UCL Public Policy is the university’s institutional initiative to support academic-policy engagement. It seeks to bring UCL’s academic expertise to bear on crucial public policy challenges and enhance evidence-based policy development. The new UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), founded by Professor Mariana Mazzucato, plays a leading role in rethinking innovation and societal challenges, driving a mission-oriented approach and reshaping industrial strategy agendas on a national and global scale.

The new post of Head of Industrial Strategy & Policy Engagement will work with and support the Director of the IIPP and other Institute staff, the Director of Research Strategy & Policy and the Head of UCL Public Policy in the Office of the Vice-Provost (Research) [OVPR], and others with relevant expertise in UCL more widely, to enhance UCL’s academic engagement with and informing of industrial strategy policy.

In particular, the post supports a) the work of the IIPP related to mission-oriented innovation and industrial strategy and b) the work of UCL Public Policy to build academic-policy engagement and improve the use of evidence in policymaking around industrial strategy. A significant element of the role will involve reporting to and task management by the Director and Deputy Director of the IIPP and enhancing the impact of UCL’s research on industrial strategy policy and implementation. The role will build engagement between UCL academics and expertise to inform industrial strategy policy, and develop a communications, dissemination and knowledge exchange strategy for relevant research.

Key Requirements

  • Knowledge of industrial strategy and public policy development in the UK and/or other national settings and excellent stakeholder engagement and communication skills are essential.
  • Applicants should demonstrate: an enthusiasm for enhancing the public policy impact of research; experience of effectively communicating research expertise to policy stakeholders; the ability to independently manage projects and activities; meticulous attention to detail; and very strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Flexibility, initiative, creativity and a positive attitude are important attributes. The ability to work calmly under pressure, to prioritise a demanding workload and to meet deadlines is essential.
  • Experience of working in a policy-focused organisation, an interest in public policy, experience with or awareness of industrial strategy, and a good academic track record would be advantageous.

Closing Date: 8 Apr 2018

For more info see here

Monday 05

Several job opportunities (open data, digital social innovation, public engagement, science engagement & RRI, science communication & stakeholder engagement, open research, public reasoning, climate change & science communication, Living Lab)

Posted by RRI Tools on 05 Mar 2018

  • Senior Policy Advisor at the Open Data Institute (ODI) 

Reporting to the Head of Policy, the Senior Policy Advisor works across a number of initiatives that develop, test, communicate and implement policy.

We are a global organisation headquartered in London and our work has international application. Your work will be focussed on the European Commission and EU member states outside the UK. A component of our strategy is the need to reassert our international expertise. You will help deliver that component within the EU.

We are not partisan but we believe that data is a political topic. You will work as openly and fearlessly as possible, iteratively improving our work based on what we and our network learn from research, tests and delivery.

This is an exciting opportunity to have a huge impact helping people, businesses, and governments adapt to and shape the changes that data is bringing to our world. We are still discovering what those changes are, you will help with that discovery.

As Senior Policy Advisor you will work closely with the rest of our team and network using your expertise to help tackle real problems. This year we are particularly focussed on issues around international trade. 

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • work with the rest of our team on a range of projects, especially our new innovation programme, to develop, test, communicate and implement policy advice alongside their work.
  • provide management and leadership to projects that are predominantly focussed on the EU or trade between European countries.
  • respond to consultations, such as the ongoing process on reuse of public sector information (PSI), and provide advice to governments and the European Commission.
  • work with and help develop our global network of nodes, members and partners.
  • help to develop, maintain and communicate policy positions and guides such as our work on data infrastructure, policy design patterns, personal data, opportunities created by GDPR and increasing data collaboration between countries.
  • work with the ODI team to develop and contribute our thinking to topical data debates such as artificial intelligence, GDPR, equity, ethics, and competition policy.
  • support the whole team, including board members, with policy advice.
  • build and maintain relationships with other people and organisations who influence policy, practice and regulation around data within the EU.
  • represent the ODI at events including conferences, roundtables and workshops.

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Friday 9 March 2018.

For more info see here

  • Intern- Digital Social Innovation (Government Innovation- Analysis and Policy) - Nesta Internship Programme

We are seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and flexible intern to join the latest phase of our exciting work on digital social innovation (DSI), who will support a range of tasks including research, communications and events, policy engagement and project management.

Nesta has been researching the use of technology for social good – a phenomenon we call digital social innovation – since 2014, in areas ranging from healthcare and education to democratic engagement and sustainability. We are now considered an authority in Europe on DSI. Through our work, we have mapped DSI across Europe, researched barriers to growth for DSI, held events across Europe, tangibly influenced policy, and developed high-quality learning resources and content.

We have just embarked on an exciting 18-month project with six European partners, which has multiple strands of work including communications, events, research, writing, networking, data analysis and policy engagement.

Closing Date:  11/03/2018 - 10:00pm

For more info see here

  • Public Engagement Officer at the Royal Society

To work within the Public Engagement team to deliver the public engagement programme effectively and efficiently, ensuring that it fulfils the aims of the Public Engagement Strategy as defined and approved by the Public Engagement Committee.

This comprises events and activities that the Society organises itself and also supporting events and activities organised by third party partners. All Royal Society events and activities need to maximise impact with target audiences and reinforce the Society’s position as the leading scientific organisation in the UK. The post will have responsibility for delivering some of the following activities:

  • public lectures and debates, including regional activities and events in collaboration with other organisations
  • the annual programme of history of science public engagement
  • the Royal Society’s Summer Science Exhibition
  • the Meet the Scientists programme to support scientists doing public engagement
  • the awarding of prizes and associated events, including Book Prizes
  • exhibitions
  • marketing and online communication;
  • other events or activities which may arise from time to time.

Closing Date 12/03/2018

For more info see here

  • Research Associate in Science Communication & Science Policy at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences

 Self-reliant work in international research projects on upstream science engagement / Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI)
 Conduct comparative policy analyses in the area of RRI
 Plan, conduct and evaluate public engagement activities
 Analyse communication needs and constraints in certain specialised communities
 Develop, manage, and monitor communication and marketing strategies and activities
 Online monitoring and event management; project administration
 Support exploitation and transfer of project results (reports; patenting, regulatory affairs, media relations)
 Collaborate with international partner institutions, and coordinate a Work Package
 Support teaching in Science Communication at Bachelor and Master's level, as well as CPD
 Methodologically supervise science communication research theses and projects
 Develop research proposals and manage collaboration in research and teaching

Deadline for applications: 19th March 2018

For more info see here

  • Research Associate in Science Communication & Stakeholder Management at Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences


 Self-reliant work in a large international research project on sustainable water technologies
 Scientifically conduct stakeholder analyses
 Apply those results in dialogue-oriented activities for upstream science engagement
 Analyse communication needs and constraints in certain specialised communities
 Develop, manage, and monitor communication and marketing strategies and activities
 Online monitoring and event management; project administration
 Plan and support exploitation and transfer of project results (reports; patenting, regulatory affairs, media relations)
 Manage und support building a sustainable stakeholder network beyond the project lifetime
 Collaborate with international partner institutions and coordinate a Work Package
 Support teaching in Science Communication at Bachelor and Master's level, as well as CPD
 Methodologically supervise science communication research theses and projects
 Develop research proposals and manage collaboration in research and teaching

Deadline for applications: 19th March 2018

For more info see here

  • Open Research Coordinator at the Wellcome Trust

We are seeking an Open Research Coordinator to support the implementation of Wellcome’s open access policy, including managing the delivery and funding of Europe PMC and to take forward new and existing initiatives related to open research.

Working within a small team (5 FTEs) you will be responsible for liaising with internal and external stakeholders (including other funders and publishers) and initiating and managing a range of projects to help increase awareness and compliance of our open access policy.

You'll need to keep abreast of developments in the UK/international open access/open research landscape and be willing to speak at various key conferences and represent the Wellcome on relevant committees.

Deadline for applications: 19th March 2018

For more info see here

  • PhD Studentship at the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures, University of Sheffield - project "A new climate of public reason: impact and trust in science communication"

The Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures focuses on advancing sustainability research and connecting it with the policy debate around how humans can live in a more sustainable way. 

We are recruiting Scholars who will combine outstanding intellect with a strong commitment to public engagement, leadership and action. These ambitious individuals will complete interdisciplinary PhD research projects to help solve the challenges of sustainability. They will be supported by the Centre through a unique training programme, designed to equip them with the skills to become policy advocates and leaders in sustainability matters. 

Sustainability scientists face an increasingly acute problem: how to maximise the impact of their research while maintaining scientific norms such as disinterestedness and universalism? Some argue that the urgency of issues such as climate change requires scientists to adopt more normative roles in political debates; as well as describing ‘what is’, advocating ‘what ought to be’. The idea that political change can be affected through increasing flows of scientific information - the communication ‘deficit model’ - is widely discredited. Instead, this PhD builds on scholarship in both science and technology studies (STS) and psychology emphasising the dynamics of public reasoning: how to maintain trust, communicate uncertainty and foster conversations with diverse groups in a world of informational abundance. We ask: what can climate scientists contribute to public reasoning about climate change, how can they do it, and what support do they need? 

We invite applicants interested in these themes to apply for this PhD. There will be opportunities to shape the focus of thesis, but the ideas of public reasoning and climate change must be core. 

Deadline for applications: 26-03-2018

For more info see here

  • Le Dôme, Centre de sciences de Caen Normandie piloté par Relais d'sciences, recrute un(e) chargé(e) de projets culturels LivingLab


La/le futur(e) salarié(e) interviendra au sein d'une équipe de 13 permanents et de 3 services civiques. Il/Elle sera placé(e) sous l'autorité du Comité de direction et travaillera en étroite collaboration avec le LivingLab manager qu'elle/il assistera dans la réalisation des projets.

Le/la futur(e) salarié(e) sera principalement mobilisé(e) sur le suivi des programmes dédiés à la transition énergétique et à l'hydrogène. Elle/Il sera également associé(e) au déploiement des badges ouverts numériques (Open badges) dans les activités du Dôme. Enfin, il/elle participera activement à l'organisation du "TURFU Festival" qui se déroule en octobre au Dôme.


Animation et mise en oeuvre des projets LivingLab

  • Mise en oeuvre du cahier des charges et de l'agenda des projets,
  • Appropriation des thématiques des projets,
  • Suivi quotidien des clients et des partenaires,
  • Pilotage et accompagnement des animateurs dans la conception et l'animation des ateliers de co-conception et de co-prototypage,
  • Reporting administratif et financier des activités,
  • Suivi et contribution aux restitutions des ateliers
  • Mobilisation des ressources techniques et logistiques nécessaires au bon déroulement des activités.

For more info see here

Tuesday 13

Several job opportunities (science communication, climate change, citizen science, public engagement, bibliometric research, synthetic biology & open science, digital innovation)

Posted by RRI Tools on 13 Feb 2018

  • Deputy Editor at DeSmog UK

DeSmog UK is seeking a Deputy Editor to join its growing team of investigative journalists dedicated to cutting through the spin clouding the energy and environment debates in Britain.

The Deputy Editor is responsible for helping manage the day-to-day operations of DeSmog UK, including writing and editing articles, project managing freelancers, and undertaking in-depth investigations. Working with the Editor, they will help shape the editorial direction of the outlet and manage content flow.

DeSmog UK is seeking a candidate with at least three years' experience working as a journalist or in the media, with a strong working knowledge of UK politics and climate and energy issues. They must be organised and enthusiastic, as well as a dogged reporter dedicated to telling stories others are missing. Working with an ambitious and collaborative team, they should be brimming with ideas and happy to help guide others in their reporting and writing.

A Bachelor's degree in journalism or a subject related to climate change, politics or social policy is required. Additional useful qualities include knowledge of web CMS, familiarity with UK media law, and experience with FOIA and data journalism.

Deadline for applications: February 18th 2018

For more info see here

  • Programm Manager/in at OeAD - Fachabteilung Public Science


Mitarbeit im Zentrum für Citizen Science:

  • Recherchen zum Thema, Community-Building
  • Betreuung von Webseite und Social Media-Kanälen
  • Mithilfe bei der Organisation von Veranstaltungen
  • Unterstützung bei Ausschreibungen
  • Unterstützung bei der Abwicklung und Weiterentwicklung des Citizen Science Awards
  • Betreuung der Allianz für Responsible Science
  • Erstellung von Berichten an den Auftraggeber

Betreuung der Young Science-Themenplattform:

  • Akquise, allgemeine Administration, Betreuung der webbasierten Plattform
  • Unterstützung bei der Erstellung von Werbematerialien
  • Präsentation bei ausgewählten Zielgruppen
  • Messebetreuung
  • Webinare abhalten

Deadline for applications:  18. Februar 2018 

For more info see here

  • Research assist­ant at Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Cen­ter for Tech­no­logy and Soci­ety

The aim of the Pro­ject is to develop bib­li­o­met­ric meth­ods that link the micro level of indi­vidual know­ledge pro­duc­tion to the macro level of sci­entific com­munit­ies and their know­ledge dynam­ics. Tasks include the devel­op­ment of bib­li­o­met­ric meth­ods, the design and imple­ment­a­tion of algroithms, and per­form­ing exper­i­ments with the meth­ods. 


  • suc­cess­fully com­pleted uni­versity degree (Dip­lom, Mas­ter or equi­val­ent) in social sci­ence dis­cip­line (with an emphasis on quant­it­at­ive meth­ods) or a nat­ural sci­ence dis­cip­line
  • excel­lent Eng­lish lan­guage skills
  • the abil­ity to work inde­pend­ently on the design, Organ­isa­tion and con­duct of empir­ical invest­ig­a­tions
  • the pro­ject com­bines know­ledge and meth­ods from stat­ist­ics and lin­ear algebra, pro­gram­ming (desivarble are R, SQL, and a script­ing lan­guage like Python), Bib­li­o­met­rics and the soci­ology of sci­ence - know­ledge in one of these fields and the will­ing­ness and abil­ity to mas­ter the oth­ers are expec­ted

Deadline for applications: 23/02/18

For more info see here

  • Report Writer at CSIRO Data61, Australia's largest data innovation group

We are looking for a report writer who will prepare written material for companies, governments and public audiences relating to the research, consulting, marketing and thought-leadership work of Data61. You will have outstanding skills in written communication and the ability to comprehend and communicate complex technical matters relating to digital technology for non-technical audiences.

The position is well suited to a science journalist. It will require the ability to handle tight timeframes and multiple tasks with high levels of team work, collaboration, cooperative problem solving, initiative and independence.

You will report to the Director of the Data61 Insight Team. The Data61 Insight Team conducts research and consulting work into digital economy trends, risk and scenarios to inform governments, companies and communities. The work of the Insight Team helps organisations design and implement strategies and policies to navigate digital disruption.

Deadline for applications: 26th February 2018

For more info see here

  • A position is available in IKMZ’s Science, Crisis and Risk Communication team, University of Zurich 

The position can be filled as either a PostDoc or a Doctoral position.

What would you have to do?

  • pursue your PhD and/or research projects
  • attend conferences and publish
  • take part in team projects
  • teaching (1,5-2 hrs./semester)
  • some administrative work

What should you bring with you?

  • passion for scientific work
  • a (good) degree in communications or a related subject
  • experience with/interest in research on online communication and/or automated text
  • analysis
  • experience with/interest in science communication
  • some German skills, organizational skills

What can we offer you?

  • a broad range of questions from stakeholder communication over media/online
  • content research to media effects analyses
  • a research-oriented team
  • a great working environment, and inspiring intellectual atmosphere, excellent resources 

Deadline for applications is March 5, 2018

For more info see here

  • Co-ordinator for Synthetic Biology Centre at the University of Cambridge

We are seeking a Co-ordinator for two Synthetic Biology research initiatives at the University of Cambridge. The role-holder would work 50% to support the OpenPlant Synthetic Biology Research Centre and 50% with the Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative (SynBio SRI). The purpose of the role is to help develop and implement a strategy that will enable both initiatives to become known leaders in the field and sustainable in the longer term.

OpenPlant is a consortium funded by BBSRC and EPSRC comprising 20 labs spanning the University of Cambridge, John Innes Centre and the Earlham Institute (Norwich). The work of the Research Centre is intended to promote novel research on tools and applied traits for plant synthetic biology, open sharing of foundational technologies, and responsible innovation. The role-holder will work with the OpenPlant Directors and Management Group, including the OpenPlant Project Manager based in Norwich, to co-ordinate a variety of activities within the Research Centre.

The SynBio SRI aims to catalyse interdisciplinary exchange between engineering, physics, biology and social sciences to advance Synthetic Biology at the University of Cambridge. The role-holder will work with the SRI Co-Chairs and Steering Committee to develop, plan and deliver the SRI's vision and strategy. They will facilitate efforts to promote development of open technologies, build shared resources, and provide a hub for networking and discussion.

Responsibilities will also include co-ordinating seed funding competitions such as the Biomaker Challenge and OpenPlant Fund; organising formal and informal scientific meetings and forums; developing and managing relationships with stakeholders within and external to the University; seeking small and large-scale funding for future activities. The role-holder is additionally responsible for ensuring that synthetic biology activities in Cambridge are actively communicated and promoted, and is supported by the part-time SynBio SRI Events and Communication Co-ordinator.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field and knowledge of Synthetic Biology research, policy and practice. They will have the ability to foster relationships with and between academics at all levels in an interdisciplinary context, and build partnerships with companies, funders and policy makers. A successful track record in attracting research funding would be advantageous. Excellent organisational and communications skills are essential, together with proven problem-solving skills and initiative.

Deadline for applications: 12 March 2018

For more info see here 

  • Digital communications officer at 10:10 Climate Action, London

10:10 brings people together to do bold, beautiful things that help tackle climate change.

Got a way with words? Social media whizz? Love talking to the public? Problem solver? Adore data? Care about climate change? Think tech is awesome, but engaging the public with it is even better? We’re looking for a new digital communications officer, and you could be just who we’re looking for.

A key copywriter for 10:10, you’ll bring the sparkle that intrigues our supporters, catches the eyes of new audiences and motivates everyone to take more action on climate change. You’ll work across our campaigns - from tree planting to solar railways - offering you a chance to engage with a lot of different people, in a range of ways. You’ll run our social media accounts, help us write and send emails, produce content for our website, answer supporter enquiries and generally keep an eye on how big, diverse and engaged our audiences are. You’ll also help us develop a picture of our audience and the ways they choose to engage with us, collating data from our CRM, Facebook, Google and more.

You’ll report directly to the communications manager, working alongside our press officer and creative lead, as well as the director of communications. You’ll also work closely with campaigners and fundraisers. It’s a small office, and everyone works together.

Supported by the rest of the team, you’ll take a proactive approach to increasing and diversifying our audiences, developing strategies for engaging hard-to-reach groups. You’ll also be expected to contribute to general marketing, media, outreach, fundraising and campaign strategy. And everyone in the office chips in to make the tea, take out the bins and do the washing up, so there’s that too.

Deadline for applications: 12th March 2018

For more info see here


Monday 29

Several job opportunities (open data, digital government, data ethics & innovation, science communication, responsible innovation in industry, science education & science museums)

Posted by RRI Tools on 29 Jan 2018

  • Deputy Director of the Open Data Charter

The Open Data Charter is looking for an experienced and action-oriented leader to oversee their programmes, based in their London office. This year the Charter will lead a thought-provoking initiative to show that if data is opened up in the right way, it can help solve pressing problems faced by governments. They will do this by updating the Open Data Charter Principles and piloting a demonstration project to showcase how these global norms can be implemented in practice. They are seeking a Deputy Director to join them in stewarding this initiative.

The Deputy Director will support the delivery of the Charter’s strategy. You will be carrying out research, managing projects, overseeing consultants and working with governments and the leading organisations in the field.

Deadline for applications: February 5, 2018

For more info see here

  • Policy Analysts – Digital Government at OECD, Paris

The Public Governance  Directorate (GOV) / Public Sector Division (RPS) is looking for Policy Analysts with significant research, policy analysis and practical digital government-related experience in one or more of the following areas:Digital Government Policies. 

  • Digital Government Practices.
  • Digitally-enabled collaboration and engagement. 
  • Digital transformation laws and regulations. 
  • Digital skills in public sector contexts
  • Data-driven public sector/Data analytics.
  • Policy coherence. 
  • Measurement and evaluation.

The selected candidates will have a very strong track record in carrying out analysis and in making effective policy recommendations in a public sector or international context. He/she will report to the Lead on the Digital Government and Open Data work streams.

Deadline for applications: 8 Feb 2018

For more info see here

  • Chair of the Interim Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation 

The UK government is looking to appoint a Chair to lead the interim Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation. The interim Chair will have a unique opportunity to shape the early phase of the Centre’s work, as well as help to establish the permanent Centre on a firm and credible footing.

The time commitment for this position is expected to be 2-3 days a week, for a period of up to 2 years (the precise time limit will be determined by the establishment of the permanent Centre).

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2018

For more info see here

  • Staff member science communication and research impact at the Institute for Development Policy (IOB) of the University of Antwerp

Job description

  • You formulate a communication strategy of the Institute in the field of research, together with the chair of the Research Commission.
  • You provide strategic and operational support for communication between IOB’s researchers and external stakeholders
  • You coordinate the content of IOB’s websites. 
  • You develop and maintain systems for effective and consistent reporting of impact activity;
  • You stay up to date with the research impact agenda internationally, gathering intelligence related to impact and sharing examples of good practice.

Deadline for applications: 4 February 2018.

For more info see here

  • Postdoctoral Researcher Responsible Innovation in Industry at Wageningen University - NewHoRRIzon project

The Project “Excellence in science and innovation for Europe by adopting the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (NewHoRRIzon)” sets out to promote the acceptance of RRI in Horizon 2020 (H2020) and beyond. It will work out the conceptual and operational basis to fully integrate RRI into European and national research and innovation (R&I) practice and funding. In order to accomplish this goal, NewHoRRIzon will establish altogether 18 Social Labs throughout Europe that cover all sections of H2020.

Wageningen University is Work Package leader of the work package Industrial Leadership. The overall aim of this WP is to design, test, assess, adapt and implement activities that promote the use of RRI in a social lab.

The post-doc is involved in the methodology development, the recruitment of social lab participants, interviews with stakeholders, identification of relevant projects etc. in order to identify key industries and their stakeholders, involve them in the social lab and organise workshops that identify a) existing experiences with RRI in industry, b) explore the potential and impediments of RRI in industry, and c) adapt, develop & test actions necessary to achieve RRI in industry. Besides managing the social lab, the candidate is also involved in the dissemination of the generated knowledge. 

We are looking for a post-doc researcher in the field of Business Ethics, responsible innovation (RI) or Sustainable Entrepreneurship. 

We offer you an employment contract for 2 years. The post is available to start as soon as possible until September 1st 2020.

Deadline for applications: 11 Feb 2018

For more info see here 

  • Programme manager at CosmoCaixa Science Museum


  •  Diseño de actividades educativas.
  • Diseño de proyectos científicos innovadores dirigidos a público joven
  • Diseño de ciclos de divulgación científica.
  • Formación a educadores sobre las nuevas actividades.


  • Licenciatura en físicas, matemáticas o de ámbito técnico.
  • Formación complementaria en divulgación y/o comunicación de la ciencia.
  • Buen nivel de inglés hablado y escrito.
  • Buen conocimiento del sistema educativo.
  • Gestión y planificación eficiente de proyectos y tareas.
  • Experiencia en educación formal, e informal de las ciencias.

Se valorará:

  • Conocer el proyecto CosmoCaixa y/o haber trabajado en algún proyecto relacionado con CosmoCaixa.
  • Conocer qué es y qué hacen los sciences museums hoy en día.
  • Conocer el ámbito científico nacional e internacional, para identificar ponentes para conferencias, charlas, jornadas de divulgación científica de interés para todos los públicos.

Deadline for applications: 9 Feb 2018

For more info see here

  • Programme manager at "la Caixa" Foundation - biomedicine & health research


  • Seguimiento científico, económico y de comunicación de proyectos de investigación en Biomedicina y Salud financiados por FBLC.
  • Participación en la implementación del proceso de evaluación de la nueva Convocatoria de Proyectos de Investigación en Salud. Evolución del programa y lanzamiento de las convocatorias posteriores.
  • Seguimiento e implementación de políticas científicas y regulaciones del entrono (bioética, open access...)
  • Participación en otras tareas de diseño y de gestión de los programas de Investigación de la Fundación.
  • Requisitos
  • Doctorado relacionado con Ciencias de la Vida y de la Salud.
  • Experiencia previa en el diseño y gestión de proyectos/programas de investigación e innovación (implementación, organización, supervisión y seguimiento).
  • Dominio de inglés (mínimo nivel B2 o equivalente), el catalán y el castellano, tanto hablado como escrito.

Se valorará

  • Estudios de Postgrado en Gestión de Proyectos, especialmente en gestión de Investigación e innovación.
  • Experiencia y conocimientos en gestión y seguimiento de proyectos europeos i/o internacionales, en particular de los programas H2020.
  • Experiencia en el diseño y gestión de convocatorias de investigación.
  • Dominio del portugués.
  • Buena capacidad de redacción. Experiencia en entornos internacionales. Conocimiento de la actualidad científica y de política científica.
  • Conocimiento del ecosistema de investigación en biomedicina y salud en España y Portugal.

Deadline for applications: 16/02/2018

For more info see here

  • Research Fellow in Science Communication at the Science Communication Unit at The University of the West of England, Bristol

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the internationally recognised Science Communication Unit at The University of the West of England, Bristol and support researchers within the Faculty of Health and Applied Sciences. You will be expected to undertake research bidding, with a particular focus on supporting health, environmental and bioscience researchers within the faculty to increase the impact of their research.

The position is available on a fixed term basis working 0.4 FTE.

A Research Fellow is required to: 

• generate funding for public engagement research, evaluation and/or practice projects, 
• work with Faculty researchers on co-bidding opportunities, 
• provide additional research support to the Science Communication Unit, enabling the unit to capitalise on bidding opportunities as they arise, 
• support the unit and faculty’s other activities as appropriate. 
You will have: 
An interest in either health, environmental or bioscience research 
Experience in delivering or participating in public engagement activities related to either your own or other related field. 
An understanding of how to conduct research using appropriate quantitative and/or qualitative research techniques and implementing new research methods. 
Deadline for applications: 15 Feb 2018
For more info see here
  • Communication Officer, CERN EU Projects Office

CERN is seeking a Communication Officer to lead the communication activities of the EU Projects Office, reporting to the Communication and Marketing Officer for IPT. The main stakeholders include: the accelerator and detector communities, industry, policy makers and the general public. The activities relate to current projects that are co-funded by the European Commission and managed at CERN

Deadline for applications: 5 March 2018

For more info see here

Tuesday 16

Several job opportunities (ethics, science museums, SDGs, food policy, human rights, artificial intelligence, big data analytics)

Posted by RRI Tools on 16 Jan 2018

  • Head of Ethics at Genomics England

The Head of Ethics is responsible for ensuring that Genomics England fulfils its ethical and regulatory responsibilities. This role supports the Board and works across the organisation and its partners to provide comprehensive and aligned ethical and regulatory advice and support.

Contract Duration: Fixed term secondment until January 2021

Deadline for applications: Midnight Monday 31st January 2018

For more info see here

  • Curator of Technology and Engineering at Science Museum, London

Do you have experience of working with technology and engineering collections and are you looking for your next career move? Do you have a broad knowledge of the history of technology and engineering with deeper knowledge of aspects of the twentieth-century story? Are you driven by a desire to share your knowledge and experience with the widest range of people?

We are looking for a Curator of Technology and Engineering to work with our world-leading collections. You will develop and share knowledge of their history across a broad range of modern subjects such as transport, electronics, space technology and computing. You will make significant contributions to our collection move project. And you will provide excellent expert advice to the public and key stakeholders outside and inside the Science Museum Group.

We are offering this opportunity on a permanent, full-time basis.

Deadline for applications: 24/01/2018

For more info see here

  • Chief Executive Officer to the Global Resilience Partnership at the Stockholm Resilience Centre.

The Stockholm Resilience Centre is currently seeking an individual for the position of Chief Executive Officer within the Global Resilience Partnership. Headquartered in the Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) at Stockholm University, the Global Resilience Partnership is an organisation where both public and private institutions unite to invest in a more resilient future.

Project description - As an independent partnership founded on knowledge excellence and inclusive decision making, the GRP has set out to achieve two main aims for their organisation.  Firstly, to identify and facilitate activities with the transformative potential to enhance the resilience of people and the planet to achieve the SDGs. Secondly, to help build a global knowledge forum that informs and supports institutional, policy and business actors in applying resilience in order to reshape the Development and Humanitarian sector.

Main responsibilities - Reporting directly to the Partnership Council of GRP and its Steering Committee, for the activities of the Secretariat, the successful candidate for this role will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating and establishing intellectual bridges and collaboration among GRP’s partner organisations in developing as well as developed countries, including relevant academic, policy, and practice organisations in both the public and private sphere.
  • Inspiring, leading, and having impact in international multi-stakeholder fora, meetings and media at the highest international level.
  • Leading the establishment and implementation of long-term strategies and annual planning of the GRP.
  • Establishing and running the GRP Secretariat, including the hiring and management of staff.

This is a full-time, permanent position with a six-month trial period.

Deadline for applications: 31/01/2018

For more info see here

  • Research Analyst at Trilateral Research, London

Trilateral Research, a London-based enterprise, specialising in research and the provision of strategic, policy and regulatory advice on new technologies, is seeking to engage one or more Research Analysts. The candidates will be expected to work on Trilateral projects in both the public and private sectors. 

The candidate should have a sound understanding of the ethical, legal (including human rights issues) and socio-economic issues arising from artificial intelligence and big data analytics.

The post-holder will be expected to liaise with project partners and stakeholders across the EU and internationally and to deliver high quality research and project outputs in a collaborative and supportive research-intensive environment.

The candidate should be able to start on 1 May 2018.

For more info see here

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow for the Food Research Collaboration (FRC) based at Centre for Food Policy - City University of London

The Centre for Food Policy is an interdisciplinary research centre located in the Department of Sociology in the School of Arts & Social Sciences. Its mission is to advance an integrated and inclusive approach to food policy through education, research and engagement with global policymakers. 

Based at the Centre, the Food Research Collaboration (FRC) is the only initiative in the UK dedicated to facilitating more effective collaboration between academics and civil society to produce evidence-based knowledge to influence and improve UK food policy.

Responsibilities - The Centre is seeking a part-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join the FRC team and support the delivery of its workstream on integrated UK food policy in a post-Brexit environment. The successful candidate will be a proactive researcher with the enthusiasm, skills and aptitude to lead and drive research projects; will have a PhD in a topic relevant to food policy and experience of researching complex food policy issues and legislation; and will be an excellent communicator, able to translate research analysis into accessible briefing materials suitable for internal and external stakeholders.

Deadline for applications: 26 January 2018

For more info see here

Wednesday 20

PhD Position - Facilitated genome editing as RRI

Posted by Anna Olsson on 20 Dec 2017

PhD position on "Facilitated genome editing as responsible research and innovation" which will be based in the Laboratory Animal Science group at the i3S - Institute for Research and Innovation in Health, Porto, Portugal. 

This PhD studentship is within a Marie Sklodowska Curie training network Improving Genome Editing Efficiency (IMGENE). This is a mobility grant, so candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Portugal for more than 12 months in the 3 years prior to recruitment

We are looking for students with an interdisciplinary research profile and a strong interest in societal and ethical aspects of modern biotechnology research. 

Deadline for application is 31 December. 


The IMGENE project - background and goals

CRISPR genome editing technology is considered to become the greatest technological improvement in biomedical research since the invention of the polymerase chain reaction 25 years ago and pharmaceutical companies as well as academic research are eager to apply it. However, the efficiency of introducing defined changes into the genome by CRISPR is still low, currently limiting its application in basic research, industry and gene therapy. The IMGENE consortium unites expert European research groups of academia and industry to address by innovative and complementary approaches the low efficiency of precise genome editing using CRISPR technology. Placing CRISPR in a context of Responsible Research and Innovation, this position addresses crucial ethical questions related to the application of genome editing technology in animals, plants, and humans. For more informations about the project see here 

Open Position:

  • Title: Facilitated genome editing as responsible research and innovation (ESR8)
  • The group: The Laboratory Animal Science group is an important player in the field of responsible research
  • with animals, with a solid research output and wide international and interdisciplinary collaborations. We are part of i3S – Institute for Research and Innovation in Health, the biggest biomedical research institution in Portugal, which develops research with a strong RRI (responsible research and innovation) profile.
  • Main Objective and expected results: The main objective is to investigate the predicted harm/risk-benefit and the public acceptance of different applications of CRISPR genome editing.
  • Work location and supervisor name: The work will be based in the Laboratory Animal Science group at IBMC/i3S, University of Porto, Portugal and be carried out under the supervision of Dr Anna Olsson. Part of the work will take place in other European research institutions within the IMGENE network.
  • Required Skills/qualification. We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic candidate with the following qualifications:
  • Master degree, preferably with an interdisciplinary profile (science-in-society or equivalent)
  • Knowledge about biomedical and molecular biology research
  • Interest in interdisciplinary science and society research
  • Excellent communication skills in English


Eligibility criteria 

Applicants need to fully comply with three eligibility criteria:

  1. Early-stage researchers (ESR) are those who, at the time of recruitment by the host, are in the first four years (full-time equivalent) of their research careers. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which formally entitles them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate was envisaged. Please note that applicants cannot already hold a PhD at the time of recruitment.
  2. Conditions of international mobility of researchers: Researchers are required to undertake transnational mobility (i.e. move from one country to another) when taking up the appointment. Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment. Short stays, such as holidays, are not taken into account. 
  3. English language: Network ESRs must demonstrate that their ability to understand and express themselves in both written and spoken English is sufficiently high for them to derive the full benefit from the network training

For more details, see here.

Tuesday 12

Several job opportunities (ethics of technology, technology & social change, science policy, blockchain technology, RRI, political science & international relations)

Posted by RRI Tools on 12 Dec 2017

  • Assistant Professor of Ethics of Technology (Tenure Track) at Delft University

The Ethics and Philosophy of Technology section is looking for an Assistant Professor (tenure track) of Ethics and Technology. The work of the candidate should contribute to our departmental research theme ‘responsible innovation’. Specifically, we are interested in strengthening our expertise in ethical aspects of resilience. Resilience aims to improve the capacity of technologies and socio-technical systems to deal with potentially risky developments. This also involves conceptual, ethical, and methodological considerations, such as: What are the essential ingredients for a system, society or community to be considered resilient? Is resilience always desirable? Can systems be made resilient-by-design? How can decision-making about resilience be genuinely inclusive? What is a fair distribution of responsibilities for resilience between different stakeholders? Can these stakeholders be expected to have the capabilities to be responsible for resilience? Etc. Candidates who currently do not have expertise in ethical aspects of resilience but who are willing and able to convincingly link their current expertise to resilience are also encouraged to apply.

The candidate is prepared to work in a multidisciplinary environment encompassing engineering sciences, economics, safety science, social and behavioural science, and public policy. The candidate has proven skills in teaching and coaching Bachelor and Master students. The candidate is well equipped for managerial tasks. The position will consist for ca 40% of research, 10% management and 50% teaching. We aim to increase the diversity in our Section, so we especially encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.
We are looking for applicants with the following qualifications:

  • PhD degree in the field of ethics and a specialisation in ethics of technology;
  • Excellent track record in the field of ethics, as proven by relevant academic publications;
  • Additional expertise in another relevant discipline (engineering, natural or social sciences etc) is desirable;
  • Trackrecord in multidisciplinary work, or willingness to acquire this;
  • Strong commitment to contributing to the field of ethics of technology;
  • International experience;
  • Ample experience and affinity with teaching ethics;
  • “Basiskwalificatie onderwijs” (university teaching qualification) certificate or the willingness to obtain it;
  • Excellent English skills;
  • Proficiency of Dutch or willingness to acquire it
  • Flexibility and readiness to work in teams.

Deadline for applications: January 22nd 2018

For more info see here

  • Professor in Technology and Social Change at the Department of Thematic Studies of Linkoping University

Technology and Social Change is a nationally and internationally leading environment for research and education in how people create and use technology, and how technological change is interwoven with cultural patterns, everyday life, politics and economy. Third cycle and first cycle studies specialising in issues of technology and social change are carried out at the department.

Research and teaching within the department are focused on a number of important technological fields, and conducted from a number of different theoretical perspectives. The activities are currently organized into four broad programme areas. One group researches topics of agency, care, embodiment, knowledge practices, normativities, and subjectivities in science, medicine and other technological practices. These topics are examined from social, cultural, philosophical, and ethical perspectives, contributing to feminist theory, medical humanities, and science, technology and society studies. A second group deals with the development and transformation of infrastructure systems, such as energy, IT, transport and buildings, and how these systems are governed at a regional and local level, and how they are used in and impact our daily lives. A third group researches valuation as practice: the use of rankings, evaluations and indicators within the fields of science and technology and beyond, including clinical trials, big data, patient experiences, the development and use of algorithms. The fourth group focuses on the broad interdisciplinary field of environmental humanities and addresses the subject of nature and ecological matters. Special attention is paid to discourses of environmental consequences and risks related to the development of large scale socio-technical systems. Tema T participates in national doctoral schools in 'Environmental Humanities' and 'Energy Systems' and plays a key role in the recently started undergraduate programme in 'Urban and Regional Planning'.

The tasks within the announced professorship will comprise individual research, teaching and supervision of post-graduate students, research leadership, active responsibility for the continued development of Tema T, and collegial participation in intellectual, leadership and administrative roles.

The candidate shall demonstrate scientific expertise and a publication record at a high international level within fields relevant for the study of technology and social change. Documented scientific skills within humanities and/or social science are of particular merit as is research in interdisciplinary contexts.

The candidate will also have a track record of receiving external donations and lead research projects, collaborate with participants outside of the academy and supervision of post-graduate students.

Evidence of pedagogical skills from teaching in fields relevant for 'Urban and Regional Planning' are an additional merit.

Deadline for applications: 15 January 2018

More info here

  • Research Associate for the Eklipse project at the Faculty of Science, University of East Anglia

Applications are invited for a Research Associate to work with Dr Lynn Dicks on evidence synthesis to inform environmental policy decisions. This is an exciting opportunity to join an international, interdisciplinary team of biodiversity and ecosystem researchers working at the science-policy interface. It is funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme, as part of the Eklipse project

The post provides support to the Eklipse Methods Expert Group, gathering and documenting data for knowledge synthesis exercises, organising meetings, drafting guidance notes and co-authoring scientific papers. In the job, you will liaise with environmental decision-makers in policy, business and the third sector across Europe and have a chance to develop skills and experience in particular knowledge synthesis methods.

Although the research is based at the University of East Anglia in the School of Biological Sciences, it will involve periodic travel in Europe.

You will be expected to have a degree in biological science, ecology, environmental science, political science, economics or geography, along with a strong interest in science communication or environmental policy. You must also meet all the essential elements of the person specification.

The post is for a fixed term of 21 months (if full time) and commences 1 February 2018. Working part time (80% time) could also be considered, if preferred.

Deadline for applications: 5 January 2018.

For more info see here

  • Trilateral Research is seeking to engage a Research Analyst in the field of blockchain technology

Description : Trilateral Research, a London-based enterprise, specialising in research and the provision of strategic, policy and regulatory advice on new technologies, is seeking to engage a Research Analyst in the field of blockchain technology. The candidates will be expected to work on Trilateral projects in both the public and private sectors. For more information on our projects, see

The successful candidate will have deep knowledge of blockchain technology, enabling them to design and manage a series of 10 workshops, 6 webinars, and two major conferences as part of a two-year EC-funded project. The candidate should bring a multi-disciplinary perspective that links blockchain technology with social science, policy studies and/or science and technology studies.

The post-holder will be expected to liaise with project partners and clients in the UK, across the EU and internationally and to deliver high quality research and project outputs in a collaborative and supportive research-intensive environment in which short and demanding deadlines are frequent.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Prepare reports following each event synthesising the key points from discussions, key findings and recommendations.
  • Prepare reports following each event synthesising the key points from discussions, key findings and recommendations.
  • Researching and writing content for grant proposals and tender submissions.
  • Identifying relevant organisations in the field and liaising with them to build partnerships and expand the reach of the series of events.
  • Performing research tasks related to current projects, writing reports or sections of reports and developing other deliverables as required to fulfil contractual obligations.
  • Carry out empirical research and contribute to the preparation and writing of deliverables.
  • Attending and/or presenting at conferences and workshops, involving travel outside the UK.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Candidates will have or be near to completing a PhD and have research experience related to blockchain technologies, applications, issues, policies
  • Demonstrated experience in organising workshops and conferences
  • Evidence of high-quality writing
  • Candidates should ideally be based in the UK, Ireland, or Brussels and able to attend periodic team meetings in London

Benefits : This position is for a fixed term contract of 1 year, with the possibility to become a permanent position.

For more info see here 

  • University of Nottingham Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) is seeking a Senior Research Fellow in Responsible Research and Innovation

SBRC Nottingham is one of six UK centre’s created by the BBSRC/EPSRC and has received £14.3M in funding for a 5 year period (2014-2019). SBRC-Nottingham is an exciting interdisciplinary large scale project, involving the creation and exploitation of gas fermenting microbial chassis as it relates to the sustainable production of chemicals and fuels. 

This post is core to the social science aspect of the SBRC, concerned with embedding and researching ‘responsible research and innovation’ approaches. 

Applications are invited to the above role to conduct high quality research, shape the core SBRC project as well as related projects, take initiative, and publish the results of the work in high quality outlets and publications. Work will focus in particular on further developing and implementing a framework of Responsible Research Innovation (RRI) and bringing the social science part of the project to fruition, paying particular attention to developing interactions with industry and policy makers. The role holder will collaborate with the SBRC Outreach Officer in shaping project related-engagement activities. The role holder will also have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend their research portfolio.

Candidates must hold a PhD or equivalent (awarded) in a discipline relevant to social science, political science, bioethics, or philosophy. You will be an international post-doctoral researcher with substantial research experience with a background in social science or related interdisciplinary fields and a proven ability and willingness to engage in interdisciplinary research. The ideal candidate will have demonstrable interest in Responsible Research and Innovation.

This full-time fixed-term post is available until 30 July 2019.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 13th December 2017

More info here 

  • Full Professorship in Political Science / International Relations at SciencesPo


Status: At the time of the recruitment, candidates must have the status of Full Professor in the French academic system, or an equivalent rank at a foreign university.

Discipline: Political science/International Relations

Profile: The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a strong previous international experience in both teaching and research. S/he should be a specialist in the field of strategic and/or diplomatic studies and will be expected to focus their research on change within the international system, sociology of international actors, and new issues in international security. The aptitude to teach and publish in English is a mandatory pre-requirement.



For his/her research activities, the successful candidate will be affiliated with the Centre de Recherches
Internationales (Centre for International Studies, CERI). S/he will be expected to develop innovative individual research projects and to contribute to collective research programs at CERI, in particular by taking initiatives aimed at strengthening cooperation within international academic networks.

Over the past decades, CERI has developed a specific approach to the study of IR, which relies on the use of sociological traditions and is marked by its openness towards normative issues. Today, this approach is still present within the centre’s Research Axis 1, “Actors and levels of regulation in world politics”, which the successful candidate is expected to join. Connections and collaborations could also be established with the Chair of Excellence in security studies and/or the CERI research group on multilateral action.


Annual teaching duties are 128 master class-equivalent (CM) hours that can be divided into three 24-hour master classes and 56 CM hours of complementary pedagogical services (1 CM hour = 6.3 hours) at the three levels of teaching offered by Sciences Po: college (on one of the seven Sciences Po campuses), Master’s, and doctoral.

Candidates will have to demonstrate their ability to teach general courses in International Relations, and their willingness to contribute to the supervision of doctoral theses.

Deadline for applications: January 10th, 2018

For more info see here

Friday 01

Several job opportunities (open science | open access | data ethics | digital transformation & governance of human societies)

Posted by RRI Tools on 01 Dec 2017

  • Project Manager for the European OpenAIRE-Advance project at ​Göttingen State and University Library, Germany

Responsibilities are as follows:

  • Manage the communication and dissemination work package, working closely with all areas and coordinators of the project
  • Contribute to strategic planning of the network, manage networking tasks and establish coordination activities, ensuring successful support for the implementation of open science policies
  • Oversight of topical scholarly communication task groups to increase capacity and knowledge among the network, including training and advocacy programmes
  • Help to develop and implement the OpenAIRE legal entity and open science partnerships, including oversight of liaison with the European Open Science Cloud
  • Coordination and communication of scholarly communication tasks, including developing technical interoperability guidelines for repositories and publishing platforms and OA monitoring through the Institutional Dashboard

This post is offered with immediate effect as a full-time position (currently 39,8 hrs/week, part-time is also possible) on a three year term contract for the project period. 

The closing date for applications is 3 December 2017.

For more info see here

  • Interim Programme Manager at the Nuffield Foundation, London

The Nuffield Foundation has recently announced its intention to establish a new organisation to consider the social and ethical issues arising from data use, with a working title of a ‘Convention on Data Ethics’. Across five years the ambition for the Convention is to be a leading independent deliberative body representing the interests of society in debates on ethical data use; to promote and support a common set of data practices that are deserving of public trust; and to convene disparate communities to develop a shared terminology for data ethics.

The Convention will address one of the most pressing issues facing society: how to ensure that the transformative power of data is used and harnessed in ways that maximise social wellbeing through the conscious development of approaches that are understandable, challengeable, auditable and accountable.

We are working with a number of institutions who share our desire to promote the use of data and associated automated technologies such as Artificial Intelligence in ways that promote social wellbeing, while protecting against harms. Our advisory partners include the British Academy, Omidyar Network, Royal Society, the Alan Turing Institute, Royal Statistical Society, TechUK and Wellcome Trust.

We are seeking a programme manager to support the scoping, development and early activities of this new organisation. This individual will have an important role in helping to shape and build the new body from its inception. The successful applicant will be engaged and familiar with issues arising from technological innovation and data use. They will have knowledge related to these topics developed through research, academic study or practical use, combined with a desire to ensure these technologies are developed for the common good.

This is an opportunity for someone to develop their career through their ability to work proactively, diligently and collaboratively to give the project momentum. The role is initially offered on an interim one-year basis during the development phase of the Convention; however, there may be potential for a permanent role as more established structures are put in place. 

Deadline for applications: Thursday 7th December

For further information please see here 

  • The JRC Center for Advanced Studies is looking for 3 researchers to join the project on “Digital Transformation - Governance of Human Societies” (Ispra, Italy)

The project will focus on four strands of research:

  • the changing dynamics relating to the ownership, quality and use of digital data and information;
  • the key societal, business, and environmental challenges relating to massive interconnectivity (Internet of Things);
  • the ways in which education, training, and lifelong learning need to evolve to ensure fulfilling and healthy lives in a digitally transformed society;
  • changes in governance processes and structures that will help guide a highly interconnected and dynamic society.

This is a strongly multidisciplinary project, and CAS is looking for candidates with research experience in the following three areas:

  • Digital infrastructures: multi-stakeholder multi-criteria decision-making, spatial data and information society infrastructures, netcentric approaches.
  • Information, Society, and Business: communication, network dynamics, ecommerce, information theory, education, demographics, learning, knowledge creation.
  • Governance: European governance, digital public participation processes, social and governance theory inclusion, principles of resilient self-regulating systems.

12 months initial contract with possible renewals up to maximum 3 years

Deadline for applications: 12-12-2017

For more info see here


Tuesday 21

3 RRI Job Opportunities

Posted by RRI Tools on 21 Nov 2017

  • University of Nottingham Synthetic Biology Research Centre (SBRC) is seeking a Senior Research Fellow in Responsible Research and Innovation

SBRC Nottingham is one of six UK centre’s created by the BBSRC/EPSRC and has received £14.3M in funding for a 5 year period (2014-2019). SBRC-Nottingham is an exciting interdisciplinary large scale project, involving the creation and exploitation of gas fermenting microbial chassis as it relates to the sustainable production of chemicals and fuels. 

This post is core to the social science aspect of the SBRC, concerned with embedding and researching ‘responsible research and innovation’ approaches. 

Applications are invited to the above role to conduct high quality research, shape the core SBRC project as well as related projects, take initiative, and publish the results of the work in high quality outlets and publications. Work will focus in particular on further developing and implementing a framework of Responsible Research Innovation (RRI) and bringing the social science part of the project to fruition, paying particular attention to developing interactions with industry and policy makers. The role holder will collaborate with the SBRC Outreach Officer in shaping project related-engagement activities. The role holder will also have the opportunity to use their initiative and creativity to identify areas for research, develop research methods and extend their research portfolio.

Candidates must hold a PhD or equivalent (awarded) in a discipline relevant to social science, political science, bioethics, or philosophy. You will be an international post-doctoral researcher with substantial research experience with a background in social science or related interdisciplinary fields and a proven ability and willingness to engage in interdisciplinary research. The ideal candidate will have demonstrable interest in Responsible Research and Innovation.

This full-time fixed-term post is available until 30 July 2019.

Deadline for applications: Wednesday, 13th December 2017

More info here 

  • Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences is looking for a Research Associate in Science Communication

Your tasks: Mix of teaching science communication and doing comms for major #RRI project
 Internal and external project communication (
 Media releases, audio and video production, newsletter and website texts, social media
 Support in project administration, reporting and event management (e.g. public engagement)
 Teaching support in Science Communication (
 Management and support with course material and field trips
 Co-supervision of final theses and student projects
 Coordination of our Cross-media Production Lab 

Fixed-term contract until 31.08.2019

Deadline for applications: 29th November 2017

More info here 

  • The European Science Engagement Association (EUSEA) is looking for support in the PERFORM Project

This job is related with the organisation of the PERFORM final conference. UNESCO will be responsible for this conference at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, in close collaboration with EUSEA. UNESCO will convene representatives of PERFORM stakeholders (students and teachers from the schools who participated in case studies, early career researchers from case studies) as well as European policy-makers, UN representatives, invited speakers including members of the PERFORM advisory board, and other interested practitioners (i.e., entrepreneurs in STEM fields, including industry). This final event will compile the most relevant research results and toolkits of the project, and will show the best ways for PERFORM methodologies implementation in Member States through oral presentations, panel discussions and round tables.

The extent of the responsibility is primarily limited to the actual structure and arrangements; it is expected that all partners will add knowledge and experience to the programme, e.g. by inviting educational, scientific and policy relevant organizations representatives as speakers and moderators. A separate programme committee will be set up, as well as a local organization committee. Contracts with service providers, including venue, local staff, catering, conference administration, etc will be organized by UNESCO.

The person selected will collaborate with the EUSEA team and project officer and with the UNESCO team in developing the following tasks:

  • The person will deal with guests and stakeholders providing information about both conference contents and logistical aspects.
  • S/he will take care of the invitations to speakers and information to be provided to them or to be collected from them to set up the sessions.
  • S/he will collaborate with the management of the conference sessions, working together with EUSEA, UNESCO and the Perform project management team in defining the finale programme, possible guests and speakers of the sessions and taking care of verifying all the logistical aspects related to the session. In this process, the person will deal with the consortium partners involved in the organization of the conference.
  • S/he will take part into the meetings planned for the organization and will implement the actions defined by EUSEA and UNESCO aiming at the organization of the conference.
  • S/he will support and collaborate with the implementation of the communication actions designed and managed by the EUSEA team to promote the participation into the conference.

The estimated workload will be 12 hours a week, for a period of 6 months, from December 2017 until June 2018. The distribution of work will depend on the required tasks during different periods.

Please send your applications, including your salary expectations and your earliest possible starting date until 29 November 2017

More info here

Thursday 02

“Science issues are increasingly pressing civic issues” - interview with Lee Rainie & Cary Funk

Posted by Social Observatory of "la Caixa" on 02 Nov 2017

“Science issues are increasingly pressing civic issues”

Interview with Lee Rainie & Cary Funk from Pew Research Center.- originally published at Social Observatory "la Caixa"

Lee Rainie and Cary Funk are the heads of Internet, Science and Technology research at the Pew Research Center, a fact tank that informs the public about issues, attitudes and trends that are shaping the world. As a subsidiary of The Pew Charitable Trusts, its primary funder, it is a nonprofit, nonpartisan and non-advocacy organization, based on values such as independence, objectivity and rigor. Lee Rainie is the Center’s director of internet, science and technology research, and supervises the surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives, as well as the intersection of science and society. Cary Funk is an associate director for research, focusing on science.


Pew Research Center conducts a wealth of research and produces many facts. How do you choose your research topics?

We are constantly looking to see which topics and key questions in society are pressing issues and could benefit from the kind of data and analysis that we can provide. Our mission is to conduct original, primary research that helps inform major policy decisions and cultural conversations. This means that we spend a lot of time trying to discern noteworthy and urgent issues in public discourse and determining which of these conversations might be helped by the kind of sound, timely data and analysis that we provide. However, we do not perform our research for the purpose of taking a position on policy outcomes.


Since facts are never completely neutral, do you take any neutrality measures with regard to dissemination?

We work to make sure that our research is balanced and neutral, starting with how we design our questions right through to how we describe our findings. Dissemination of our research focuses on people, groups and organizations who share an interest in the topic under study, regardless of their policy position. So, for instance, we hope our material is equally useful to those who want to limit immigration even more and to those who support more liberal immigration policies, or to those who want to cut science research and those who support higher levels of science research. We know that we are achieving our goals for balanced research when advocates on both sides of an issue cite our studies. For example, we recently observed in an appeals court that the judges on both sides of an immigration argument used our data to support their opinions on the case.


Why has the Pew Research Center expanded its research on science and society?

The Center decided to expand its research in these areas for three reasons. First, science issues are increasingly pressing civic issues: significant policy and ethical questions are driven by what scientists discover and how policymakers and the general public react to those discoveries. Second, science and technology innovations are at the heart of societal change: nations look to breakthroughs in nanotechnology, genomics, brain science, energy technologies, food production, robotics and other fields to fuel economic growth. Third, scientific findings are a key battleground for how cultures decide what is true: the rise of the internet and the explosion of communities of interest around science issues have raised fundamental questions about how facts are unearthed and what meaning they should be assigned when crafting policy solutions.


What is the relevance of science research in relation to other topics tackled by the Center, such as politics and religion?

As we already said, science issues are more broadly civic issues. Our analysis of public attitudes across 23 science-related issues showed that sometimes people’s political views are a major influence on their positions on a science issue and sometimes their religious beliefs and practices are a notable influence. Other times, people’s general level of education and their specific level of knowledge about science are influences. We find that some judgments about science are increasingly divided along partisan lines, such as support for federal government spending on scientific research, but also that many science subjects are not swept up by partisan hostilities.

The thing we find most fascinating with regard to all of these issues is that there is no single explanation for why people think the way they do about science. For example, people’s political views matter significantly in their thinking about climate change and energy issues, whereas religion is strongly related to how people think about end-of-life medical issues and people’s views about biomedical advances on the horizon


In science debates, what carries more weight: political ideology or facts? 

People’s political orientations appear to serve as an anchoring point for how knowledge influences their attitudes. For example, many in the scientific community believe that if the American public were better informed about the science behind climate change and energy issues, people would hold views more closely aligned with those of scientific experts. But as we found in a 2016 Pew Research Center survey on these issues, how much people know about science has only a modest and inconsistent correlation with their attitudes about climate and energy issues, whereas partisanship is a stronger factor in people’s beliefs. People’s level of science knowledge help to explain their beliefs about climate change to a certain degree, but the relationship is a complicated one.


Do you know how public and/or private bodies take your studies into account?

Even though we do not have a policy agenda driving our work, we want our material to be useful to the policy audiences. So, the starting point is building awareness.  In recent years, we have presented our findings to staff at the White House; Congress; multiple federal agencies and advisory bodies, such as the National Academies of Science; a number of prominent scientific societies, and the science journalism communities. Our work is included in the biennial Science and Engineering Indicators report from the National Science Board and the National Science Foundation; it has also been included in at least two studies by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine and served as the catalyst for a three-year project on the public face of science by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.


What are the latest internet-related issues that you have investigated?

Our two recent reports on cybersecurity focused on how Americans think about cybersecurity issues in their everyday lives and on how much Americans know about cybersecurity issues and concepts.  This work extends the research we have done over the last three years about Americans and privacy issues. We have also continued our studies about the future of the internet by examining what experts predict the impact of algorithms will be on human activity in the next decade. We must remember  that algorithms are instructions for solving a problem or completing a task that lead to massive amounts of data being created, captured and analyzed by businesses and governments. We have also examined how experts think people and technologists will handle free speech issues in this age of trolls and worries about fake news.


And what are the latest science-related issues that you have investigated?

We released a series of studies assessing public judgments about scientific expertise, consensus and credibility. These surveys gathered parallel measures across three science issues: global climate change; childhood vaccines; and genetically modified foods. This in-depth look at public trust in science stems from questions raised in our  earlier surveys comparing the views of the public and those of the scientific community, which showed that on a number of major, controversial issues there were wide opinion gaps between them. The findings raised questions about the reasons behind these wide differences, and many speculated that they reflected a lack of public trust in scientific experts and their research.


And what are the mid- and long-term trends that you would like to explore? Why?

In our technology-related research, we are interested in several developments. One is the emergence of the Internet of Things and how people will incorporate connected devices and appliances into their lives. Of course, that has major implications for privacy and security. Another trend is how people try to navigate this new information ecosystem and how they figure out how to find information they can trust. Yet another issue is what role automation, robotics and Artificial Intelligence play as factors in people’s workplaces and learning experiences.

In our science research, we will continue to explore questions about new developments in biomedical research and how people think about these developments. Our most recent research on this showed that people are quite wary of biomedical advancements used to enhance human abilities, such as gene-editing, brain chip implants and synthetic blood substitutes. Many people are concerned about what these enhancements might do to them, their loved ones, and society.

Another area we hope to address in our coming research is how people learn about science issues and the role of education in people’s attitudes towards and understanding of science. We want to better understand public participation in these kinds of activities and how it might shape public thinking.


How are new media changing society?

Information has a different character when it is digitized and courses through networked communications channels. We have documented in our work how digitized, connected communication has, for example, elevated the importance of personal networks and decreased the power and role of the mass media in people’s lives. It has compelled institutions to create new laws and regulations around “information politics” on issues ranging from privacy, to hate speech, to intellectual property ownership. It has enabled people to participate in media culture in ways that were previously impossible and to create new kinds of communities that are organized around every possible connective element of human life. Furthermore, it has added new stresses to life, and has provided new ways for people to torment and wound each other.


In your opinion, how much of the research that you do in the USA can be universalized or extrapolated to other countries/cultures?

This is a core question driving our work at the Pew Research Center.  We would love to know more about the extent to which our findings in the U.S. generalize to other countries. All the questions surrounding science research are relevant not just to the U.S. but to societies around the world.  With so many technology companies based in the U.S., we often see Americans adopting new technology early, but as more people from other countries use these technologies, their use often evolves in new ways. Our colleagues who study global issues, for instance, have seen that social media adoption in developing countries is much higher among internet users than it is in developed countries. And that people in different countries use social media for different purposes.

One big mystery at the moment is whether the developing world will have a different experience of the changes enabled by the spread of mobile phones, compared with the experience that developed economies went through in the past generation with the wired internet. Some have speculated that the spread of cell phones in developing countries will allow them to “skip a generation” of tech adoption. No one has yet fully documented what that means or suggested how it will unfold in the future.  


From a Spanish point of view, one thing that is striking is that you have a “Hispanics” section. Why this specific section and not others? 

The United States of America is a country known for its diversity. The Center has studied other key demographic and religious groups in the country including U.S. Muslims and African Americans. We are also looking to better understand the key migration patterns of immigrants in the U.S., in Europe and around the world.

We originally began studying the experience of Hispanics in the U.S. because the number of Hispanics was growing rapidly. Hispanics are, according to a 1976 US Congress law, “Americans who identify themselves as being of Spanish-speaking background and trace their origin or descent from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Central and South America and other Spanish-speaking countries”. This was a particularly useful line of research for the Center to pursue, because their experiences had not been comprehensively studied by other researchers. The number of Hispanics in our country now totals about 57 million adults and children. While the rate of growth has slowed, Hispanics still accounted for about half of the population growth in the U.S. from 2000 to 2014 (54%). Most Hispanics in the USA originally come from Mexico (64%); smaller percentages come from other Latin American countries. 

Wednesday 18

Get to know the RRI Tools ppts - developed to help you disseminate the RRI concept

Posted by RRI Tools on 18 Oct 2017

The RRI Tools project team has developed a series power point presentations (ppts) with the purpose to provide users with communication and advocacy tools for the dissemination of the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) concept. They were hence created to be used and adapted as convenient to:    

  • Disseminate the concept of RRI.
  • Empower as many actors as possible in following and implementing the RRI principles.
  • Help users find guidance and further information with the RRI Toolkit.

The following ppts are available:

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