HEIRRI, the European project for the integration of RRI in higher education
Posted by RRI Tools on 01 Sep 2015
Universitat Pompeu Fabra will lead the European project Higher Education Institutions & Responsible Research and Innovation (HEIRRI), which aims to integrate the concept of "Responsible Research and Innovation" (RRI) into science and engineering degrees, mainly focusing in universities and other higher education institutions (HEI). The HEIRRI project starts on September 1st and will last three years, and has an approximate budget of one and a half million Euros.
The concept of "Responsible Research and Innovation", or RRI, implies the alignment of R+D+i, in all its phases, with the needs, values and expectations of society. The European Commission is very actively fostering the knowledge and practical implementation of RRI, focusing its actions on 6 key axes: public engagement; science ethics; science education; gender equality; open access; and science governance.
Universitat Pompeu Fabra is the Coordinator of the project. The rest of the HEIRRI consortium is composed of the Aarhus University (Denmark), the University of Bergen (Norway), the University of Split (Croatia), the Institute for Advanced Studies (Austria), "la Caixa" Foundation (Barcelona, Spain), the company Innovatec (Madrid, Spain), the European network of science centres and museums ECSITE (with more than 400 institutions from 50 countries) and ACUP, the Catalan Association of Public Universities, which chairs GUNi, the Global University Network for Innovation (208 universities from 78 countries).
The HEIRRI project is one of the first initiatives that Horizon2020 sets in motion in order to integrate RRI in the university education. Its aim is to ensure that future science and engineering professionals (and from other related fields) incorporate RRI in their activity.
The project will develop a strategic plan for its 36 months of duration with actions such as analysis and detection of practical cases and best practice examples; design of teaching programmes at different university levels (undergraduate, postgraduate, phD, summer courses and MOOC); or elaboration of training material with the following characteristics: multimedia, created through collaborative platforms, focused on the PBL system (Problem-based Learning) and publicly available in Open Access.