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

Aufgaben

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. 

Require­ments:

  • 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

Funciones

  •  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.

 
Requisitos

  • 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

Funciones

  • 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. 

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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 www.eklipse-mechanism.eu.

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 http://trilateralresearch.com/our-projects/

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

JOB DESCRIPTION

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.

DUTIES

Research

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.

Teaching

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 (nucleus-project.eu)
 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 (bit.ly/SciComm-DE)
 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.

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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:


Monday 09

Main results from the EU4FACTS Conference - Evidence for policy in a post-fact world

Posted by RRI Tools on 09 Oct 2017

Clear recommendations for successful evidence-informed policy making was the aim for the 2017 Joint Research Centre (JRC) annual conference that took place last September 26th in Brussels

It offered an open encounter between leading experts from the fields of science, policy and media.

Background

The interaction between science and policy has never been straightforward. But this relationship has been further complicated by the current post-fact debate. This crisis is a challenge for the whole of society, not only scientists, experts, the media and policymakers, but also for politicians. We need to learn from past success and failures in building policy on evidence, to understand the causes of this crisis and to chart a new course for organisations operating at the inter-section of facts, politics and the media.

Policy making needs to find the balance between facts and values. Linear thinking cannot be applied to the relationship between science, society and policy anymore. Scientists, politicians and citizens need new models and processes to connect, to develop new thinking and to communicate new narratives.

The process needs to become more open, involving all interest groups (scientists, policymakers and society) from the design and production to the delivery phase.

Contents

  • Why should we trust science? - The role of science in times of fake news and ‘filter bubbles’.
  • Re-designing policymaking using behavioural and decision science - How can evidence and data be effectively balanced with values and emotions when policy decisions are taken?

You can download the complete EU4FACTS programme from here

Keynote Speakers

  • Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness
  • Pascal LAMY, former European Commissioner, former Director-General of the World Trade Organization
  • Sir Peter GLUCKMAN, Chief Science Advisor to the New Zealand Prime Minister, Chair International Network for Science Advice to Governments (INGSA)

See the complete list of speakers & bios here

MAIN OUTCOMES OF THE CONFERENCE

  1. The speakers proposed 10 actions for a successful evidence-informed policy making
  2. You can read the online conference story
  3. Discover main highlights of the EU4Facts Conference in this 4 minutes video
  4. You can access the EU4FACTS Playlist which includes interviews with some of the main speakers of the Conference (13 videos)
  5. We also recommend you an interesting post - "EU4Facts: three take-home points from the JRC annual conference" - published by Paul Cairney in his blog 

 

 


Thursday 28

Two recent scientific publications focused on the RRI Tools project

Posted by RRI Tools on 28 Sep 2017

  • Review of the RRI Tools project at the Journal of Responsible Innovation - by Christopher Groves

ABSTRACT - The RRI Tools project, funded under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (2007–2013), is an important attempt to translate key guiding principles of responsible research and innovation (RRI) into a compendium of best practices to assist researchers and practitioners. It has set up a valuable database of practical and other reference resources, instigated an EU-wide community of practice, and begun rolling out training in RRI. By placing engagement at the heart of the RRI endeavour, it raises again important questions relating to how engagement is done and how it relates to the broader processes and institutional contexts in which innovation happens

Christopher Groves is researcher in Social Sciences at Cardiff University

See complete pape here

  • Responsible Research and Innovation. How to Put Gender Equality into Practice? - by Justyna Wojniak

ABSTRACT - ​This paper discusses a project devoted to the concept of responsibility in the field of research and innovation, which has been initiated by the European Commission in recent years [the RRI Tools project]. The key element of this project is performing science with society and for society, which includes wide cooperation with different societal actors, representing researchers, business, civil society and policy makers. An important part of this concept is diversity and gender equality in the research and innovation sector. These issues are also perceived as instruments of shaping correct relationship between science and society. The paper presents the main initiatives under the Responsible Research and Innovation project and selected good practices introduced by research institutions aimed at overcoming gender imbalance in the scientific profession within the European Union.

Justyna Wojniak is proffesor at the Pedagogical University of Cracow and board member of the Foundation “Women Scienctists – Polish Women Scientists Network”

See complete paper here 


Thursday 14

Get to know the RRI Tools Training Showcases - developed to help bring RRI to life

Posted by RRI Tools on 14 Sep 2017

To help bring RRI to life in a concrete way, the project has developed a series of showcases, which give detailed descriptions of examples of RRI in practice. The showcases are accompanied by activities that help trainees think through the steps and resources involved in making RRI happen.

The Challenge Driven Innovation Scheme - Based in Sweden

Developed by the Swedish Innovation Agency (Vinnova), this programme funds collaboration in R&I within consortia of partners from different parts of society and has resulted in new working methods across the agency as a whole.

Check why this scheme demonstrates many of the RRI components and criteria.

The EPSRC’s Framework for Responsible Innovation - Based in the UK

When a major funder adopts key elements of RRI there’s a real incentive on researchers and their industrial partners to take note. The UK’s Engineering and Physical Research Council did just that in 2012 with its Framework for Responsible Innovation.

Check why this case shows that key elements of RRI do work for hard-nosed research and innovation teams.

The Fishery Benchmarking project of the IPMA - Based in Portugal

How can we expect workers in the fishing industry to provide marine scientists with data into how different species were faring, when those same data might be used to stop them fishing? This dilemma confronted — and was solved by — the Portuguese Institute of Marine and Atmospheric science by novel public engagement techniques.

Check why this case shows that RRI can provide win-win opportunities.

The Hao2 company - Based in the UK

Hao2 is a ‘social company’ that develops and sells 3D virtual environments. Although these products are used in a range of settings, from businesses to education, the company aims to increase opportunities for those with autism and other complex needs — 80% of Hao2’s workforce has disabilities such as autistic spectrum disorders.

Check why this case shows that RRI can provide successful business opportunities.

The Knowledge for Climate project - Based in the Netherlands

The Knowledge for Climate (KvK) programme aimed to make the effects of climate change comprehensible and manageable for the Netherlands, a priority for this low-lying country. It provides a model of a government, the research community, industry and citizens coming together to find socially acceptable solutions.

The Novo Nordisk Blueprint for Change - Based in Denmark

Novo Nordisk is a major pharmaceutical company that set out to challenge diabetes on the other side of the world. Using a “triple bottom line” of being socially and environmentally responsible, as well as financially responsible, it set out to ensure that diabetes sufferers received the treatment they need.

Check why this case shows that RRI can enhance “the bottom line” for all concerned.

The Social Innovation Factory - Based in Belgium

The SIF is a networking organization that organization that promotes, guides and supports social and societally innovative business concepts. It is a convener for different stakeholders. It is driven by a diverse community and is open to all individuals and groups.

Find out how the SIF succeeds in accelerating a shared culture of responsible innovation in Flanders and Brussels.

The Xplore Health project - Based in Spain

How should scientific and research careers be made attractive for young people? Xplore Health is a European educational programme that is a proof of concept on how to bridge the gap between research and secondary education with an innovative educational approach.


Monday 04

Two new online professional education courses on Responsible Innovation launched by TUDelft

Posted by Emad Yaghmaei on 04 Sep 2017

To support engineers and managers to deal with -and even get inspired by- pressing societal concerns and ethical dilemmas in their professional practice, TU Delft has launched two new online professional education courses: "Design for Values" and "Strategic Leadership for Responsible Innovation".

  • Design for Values (Start date: September 12, 2017) - Learn how to include ethical and societal values into the design of new technologies or products, and ensure a strategic win-win outcome for both society and your organization


For more info about the course you can download flyer from here and visit this webpage

  • Strategic Leadership for Responsible Innovation (Start date: October 31, 2017) - Do you know how to make an innovation a viable business model? Add a new dimension to your innovation process and discover the new business opportunities that arise from our Responsible Innovation (RI) approach. In this course you will learn how to make an RI strategy a reality in your organization.

For more info about the course you can download flyer from here and visit this webpage

 


Wednesday 28

«Science was never intended to be in the market, but today it’s a commodity» - interview with Andrea Saltelli

Posted by Social Observatory of "la Caixa" on 28 Jun 2017

«Science was never intended to be in the market, but today it’s a commodity»

Interview with Andrea Saltelli - originally published at Social Observatory "la Caixa"

Andrea Saltelli (Italy, 1953) is adjunct professor at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities at the University of Bergen (Norway) and guest researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Together with philosopher Silvio Funtowicz he has recently written a series of pieces on the post-truth debate.   

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Everybody is talking about a crisis in science... What’s it about?

First of all, there is a crisis in replicability which is especially evident in the medical field, replicability meaning that a study should produce the same results if repeated exactly. Many articles have been written by people who attempted to replicate experiments and were disappointed to find how many of them failed. For instance, John Ioannidis and others have tried to replicate preclinical and clinical experiments.

 

What are the causes of this crisis?

This discussion can be thrown open very wide because there is a chain of causes. The main one is that science was never thought or designed to be in the market. But today science is a commodity: it is in the market, and it’s sold at a price. Historian Philip Mirowski has detailed this process in a book called Science-Mart. Privatizing American Science. It’s a play on words to express that when science becomes a supermarket, when it becomes too much of a commodity and it’s sold over the counter, the result is that its quality disappears.

 

Is this happening in all disciplines?

It affects all fields; it is also notable in psychology. Nobel Prize laureate Daniel Kahneman, who wrote the book Thinking, Fast and Slow, was the first person to realize that something was going really wrong because experiments could not be replicated. Auguste Comte, a mid-19th century philosopher, thought that sciences follow a hierarchy, according to how close they are to exact laws. So at the top you have mathematics, geometry, and then you have physics, chemistry, biology and the social sciences. The more you move away from the top, from exact laws, the closer you get to domains where things become messier, more complex. Nearly two centuries after Comte, Daniele Fanelli looked at reproducibility rates across disciplines. He found that the lower you travel down the hierarchy of sciences, the greater the increase in positive results, which confirmed his hypothesis that 'softer' disciplines are more prone to bias.

 

In this sense, where are the limits of science?

Science cannot solve every problem. Reductionism is the idea that you can take a complex system, cut it down into bits, and if you study all the bits, then you understand the complex system. But there are systems which cannot be treated in this way, for example living systems. Whenever you want to study a biological system, you have to somehow delimit it. But how do you delimit it? In organisms, everything is linked to everything else.

I know this is very controversial, but with climate this happens over and over. Climate is too complex to be predicted with any confidence by mathematical models. When a system has so many possible co-causes, effects may cancel out or be hidden by natural variability. Back in the 1960s, someone called this trans-science, to indicate those processes that can be studied scientifically but no solution can be found to the problems they create. We are unable to tackle some problems because of their dimensions. Science needs to learn humility and be prepared to admit it when a solution cannot be given.

 

Would consortiums of different centres and countries be a possible solution to tackle such a big problem?

Well, for example, the Human Genome Project was successful, but the idea that from human genome mapping we can infer relationships between genes and diseases has been much harder to prove. And this is exactly one of those cases in which the system has behaved as a complex system with emerging properties: you don’t detect those properties by cutting it into pieces and identifying a limited number of genes. For this reason, I believe there has been a considerable disappointment in the field of start-up companies trying to make a business out of using gene mapping. I am not saying it shouldn’t be tried, but we should beware of falling into this trap of reductionism.

 

Is post-truth reaching science too?

This post-truth story is very disingenuous. Now we have post-truth: why? Because we had truth before? I would strongly doubt this. Science was born in the 17th century as a combination of discovering nature purely for the pleasure of discovering nature and of dominating that very same nature. Both aspects contributed to science becoming the foundations of the modern state. But when modern markets developed, science increasingly became an instrument of domination, profit and growth, as well as the source of all kinds of wonderful things that we enjoy. This is no longer science for the sake of learning.

Yet these days, what is science for? Is it for the common good or for the profit of the few? So there is a collapse in the legitimacy arrangement between science and democracy on the one hand and science’s own governance on the other. This is the result of science being more and more in the market, even being a market itself. So for me there are two processes behind post-truth: the loss of legitimacy of science and knowledge as pillars of the modern state; and the collapse of the quality of science itself.

 

It seems that trust and confidence in experts is eroding... Why is this happening?

A classic example of this is the sugar story. It is explosive and I am surprised at how it passed by virtually unnoticed. People are progressively losing faith in science but I was expecting a much stronger reaction because the story is huge. Last year the journal of the American Medical Association published a report bringing to everyone’s knowledge the fact that the sugar industry has funded research that would focus attention on fat, in order to take the spotlight away from sugar. Can you imagine the consequences in terms of health effects this may have had? What if we calculate how many years of life have been lost e.g. to diabetes because of this gigantic act of corruption of research integrity?

 

What is the role of scientists, as individuals, in this crisis?

It’s relatively easy to get it wrong and think that you have discovered something. The physicist Richard Feynman said that “you are the easiest person to fool” because when you are looking for something, everything looks like that something. This is called confirmation bias. It means every scientist has a greater tendency to believe those results which he/she thought would be true in the first place.

 

Can biases like this be fixed?

You have to be tenacious, but also obsessed with the quality and accuracy of what you do. Thinker Jerome Ravetz understood scientists and their communities of practice very well. Everything that you do in the lab has many elements that you can’t find in the handbook, they have to be communicated from person to person. This is the unspoken element of a craft. Everything is personal in science, in these communities. But nowadays these communities have mostly disappeared. Science has become impersonal.

I can publish a paper and I don’t care if I am wrong, because after all, people know me through my impact factor. The higher my impact factor, the more brilliant I am, and so I am interested in publishing many papers even if they are wrong. And so, there are errors that can remain in the system for years and that nobody will ever find out.

 

Are people working on the edges of science more likely to be misled?

People who are really on the cutting edge of science are small communities and often less likely to make mistakes. Science can be spectacularly successful there. I am thinking, for example, of high-energy physics, or of the discovery of gravitational waves. It’s a triumph; it’s really something huge thanks to the tenacious effort of physicists.

 

In your opinion, what are the potential solutions to this crisis?

There are many good people doing very good work and they are trying to change the system from within. Munafò, Ioannidis, and other authors recently published A manifesto for reproducible science. We should really stop using things such as impact and citation factors, numbers which purport to describe the importance of journals and researchers. Also the peer review system has become very dysfunctional. There are recommendations for changing the situation, and I am all in favour of these approaches. We need something very powerful because I don’t think the system can heal itself.

 

Is there any collective effort attempting to solve these problems?

There has been an important declaration against the use of the impact factor to award grants. If you look at the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA Declaration) of 2012, it was a very important document and a very well designed set of recommendations for metrics, but nobody applies even part of them. If I want to earn a European Research Council grant they will look at my impact factor. And this brings us to the paradox that people of my age – who should be saying I don’t care about my citation numbers – are instead very careful about them.

Even when your ideological conviction is that these things are bad, you still use them, as do the research institutions that award grants. Why do they look at the impact and citation factors? Because the only alternative is to read the candidates’ papers, and this takes time. Students in many countries are requested to have three papers accepted in peer-reviewed journals to secure their PhD, and even here the quality check on the candidates is outsourced to the journals, instead of being performed in the faculty. Thus with all these driving forces, what happens is that there are 2 million papers published every year; a huge paper-generating machine.

 

Are you pessimistic in this aspect?

I am more pessimistic than optimistic, yes. In spite of all these declarations and manifestos just mentioned, it would be very difficult to fight the perverse incentives which head in the direction of cheating. If you love science you have to defend science and this implies being critical. But many people prefer to hide the problem because, they say, if you attack science you will jeopardize funding for science. But I wouldn’t be against jeopardizing funding for science if the science involved is not properly conducted. Why should we pay for bad science?

 

Taking into account the context you depict, can we identify initiatives that have led to an improvement at system level? Or any good practices that are already working to improve the current situation?

We can register – ironically, not as a suggestion for the west - that in China, prison terms or even capital punishment can be used against those who submit fake data in drug trials. 

Ironies aside, initiatives such as Brian Nosek’s Reproducibility Project in psychology, John Ioannidis’ Meta-research Innovation Centre at Stanford, and Ben Goldacre’s alltrials.net are all worthy undertakings which are not only setting about changing things, but also fostering a new climate of reform. Add to this Retraction Watch, which does an invaluable job in keeping up the pressure on journals and their editors. I am also convinced that the direct involvement of scientists on the side of citizens in societal and environmental problems is a precious contribution helping to generate trust between science and society. The case of water pollution in Flint, Michigan, and the role of scientist Mark Edwards, comes to mind here. Back in the seventies, a group of scientist-activists called the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science sought to change the world by first changing science itself: something of this sort is perhaps needed now.

 

Interview by Núria Jar for Social Observatory "la Caixa"


Thursday 22

Roll the RRI Dice!

Posted by Antonina Khodzhaeva and Andrea Troncoso on 22 Jun 2017

The Ecsite team created for the RRI Tools toolkit a dice that gives the oportunity to provoke conversations, reflections and create scenarios, especially thought for RRI Trainings or RRI meetings.

You can download the RRI Dice from here. A ready to print-glue-use dice template plus a script with ideas of how to use it are ready for you to be put in action. We hope the dice will spark interesting conversations, useful starting points and will reflect one of the core principles of RRI: openness to discuss and share points of views about science, innovation and technology. Feel free to adapt the script and get in touch with us with your feedback.


Monday 12

First workshop on Exploring the Application of RRI to Innovation Ecosystems EARRI’17

Posted by Francesco Niglia‎ on 12 Jun 2017

We invite empirical and methodological contributions focusing on the adoption of one or more pillars of RRI perspective to contribute to the definition of guidelines for the application of RRI in innovation ecosystems that include citizens and the territory. The adoption of RRI principles can significantly enhance the explanation of dynamic phenomena such as organizational capabilities and routines, strategic behaviour, entrepreneurship, organizational learning, and innovation.

List of topics:

  •  Original Best Practices of application of one or more of RRI pillars (public engagement, science education, ethics, open access, gender) in an Innovation Ecosystem and its communication to the public via courses or events.
  • Methods and examples of research, businesses and organisations (both for-profit and non-profit) creating synergies in new strategies, products, services and concepts that provide answers to ethic and gender issues.
  • Contributions on how the RRI approach affects the development and implementation of policies targeting the dynamics of innovation systems are also welcome.

Important Dates

A two-stage selection process will be adopted and will follow a double quality check by the organisers:

  • 15th June 2017. A first stage will check a 1-page description about the relevance of the contributors’ talk with the main theme of the workshop
  • 15th July 2017. The second stage will ask for a full paper of 7-8 pages by July 15th. The papers will be reviewed by at least two organisers, only papers accepted / with minor corrections will be selected.

For more info visit https://rri-sis.wixsite.com/conference/earri17


Tuesday 30

Conference "Responsible Research and Innovation in the health industry"- key messages from round tables

Posted by RRI Tools on 30 May 2017

 

The way forward: key messages from round tables 

Closing remarks by Ignasi López at the Conference “Responsible Research and Innovation in the Health Industry” held at the EESC premises, in Brussels, on 18 and 19 May 2017.

I would like to thank all speakers and the moderator. This Conference is a joint initiative of the ELSI Board of the EIT Health and the Final Conference of the Responsible Industry project, together with the European Commission, the EESC and the “la Caixa" Foundation, who I do represent.  I would like to thank them all.

 I was asked to wrap up. And it is an honor to do so. 

 1st day – some key messages:

  • “No research and innovation about me without me”: there is a bottom up claim from society
  • And a political answer:  the framework of RRI 
    • A number of challenges are ahead
    • In a very complex context

And a headline from EESC: “RRI - or however we call it - seems to be mature enough to embed it in the biggest R&I funding programme in the world: FP9”

In the 1st round table we saw amazing experiences of citizen engagement in different fields of R&I in the health sector: engagement of patients in the editorial process, as end users of innovation, as innovators… Through living labs, maker spaces, citizen science, biolabs, science museums, in industry (big corporates, SMEs and entrepreneurs...)

And in the rest of round tables we saw different ways of improving social responsibility of business in the health industry.  And how social responsibility is indeed a competitive advantage, and we are not fully aware. 

The constellation of different constellations of participation is increasing dramatically; it is even difficult to keep track of them. 

I had certain feeling of urgency: that bottom-up structures (such as hackatons, patient innovators...) go much faster than the high policy level. The question is: are we really able to give appropriate answers to the requests of society in this sense? (from funding structures, from the policy level...)

The pace of innovation goes at a huge speed. And there is a certain surprise and paralysis by institutions to give appropriate answers.
But innovation has long times of return: it needs patient funding, it is very uncertain, it does not work linearly, and it is a collective endeavor...  And engagement processes and the implementation of RRI are processes of innovation themselves, which need governmental and paneuropean support. 

So what are the challenges? How do we fund good responsible innovation? How do we do engagement? 

  • Who are the stakeholders?  
  • Costs 
  • Regulatory barriers
  • Intellectual property
  • Safety, reliability
  • The most important challenge: changing mindsets of the community of people involved in co-design. Institutional change (Carlo Mango, Fondazione Cariplo)

And as advice: 

  1. Find RRI champions in organization. 
  2. Educate scientists:
    • Joint capacity building for all stakeholders (Magda Rosenmöller)
    • Thinking by themselves about societal issues
    • Ethics education should be mandatory in all disciplines (Alexei Grinbaum) 
    • But as well Magda Rosenmöller, who works in a business school: mapping skills
  3. Tools are not enough: RRI assessment service provider that assesses companies to make the change (Bernd Stahl)
  4. Broaden CSR to include R&I activities
  5. Next steps: labeling, standardization… Maybe. Let´s act. We have been thinking that RRI can be ISO standard for a long time. Do it!!!!!! B Corps is one best case to follow. 

Some other ideas:

  • The role of the State…??????  Is it disappearing in front of civil society, NGO's…????? Are we going from a representative democracy to a participative democracy to a….??
  •  How do we leave “the coalition of believers??

And as well: 

  • How do we improve collaboration and avoid double work (overlap) between different/ similar projects funded by the EC? Beyond the project based….
  • Funding structures. Ulrich Samm, EESC: collaborate!!!! (He said as well: make it simple!!!!)
    • New modes of funding - Crowd funding, as well venture philanthropy.
    • Foundations have been named several times as funders of innovative projects.
  • Ethics of invention. Increase of inequalities by technology. Risk. Different sectors

So it seems a extremely complex issue: engagement has to come with a deep process of reflexivity, taking into account ethical issues and moral values as inclusivity (as gender equality), transparency, responsiveness and it has to take into account the sustainability and desirability of the outcomes . But this is what RRI is all about. Nobody said it was going to be easy. 

Why doing it? Many reasons were brought up during the two days. 
Let's remember what is going out there:

  • Europe with increasing inequalities, where we are not assuring a better future for next generations, with a huge tension between the will of solidarity and the question of security 
  • Raise of (what some might call) populisms(and others): a normal reaction to those tensions
  • In a world dominated by science and technology with a huge separation between science and society (0,2% in H2020)
  • Opening the process of innovation and RRI is not the only solution for a better innovation. And its efficiency and positive impact is only a hypothesis. But it looks now as a quite strong one. "It looks mature enough". And we probably need to be courageous in the context that we are to do things differently. 

FP9 is a great opportunity to flexibilize funding schemes and incentivize more responsibility (no matter if you call it RRI, Open Science....) in research and innovation. 

Finally:
If you are worried about the costs we can remember the words of the champion of biomedical research and philanthropy in the 50's: "If you think biomedical research is expensive, try disease” 
I see ourselves now in a similar conundrum: If you think RRI is expensive, try irresponsibility, and we will continue finding ourselves in the situation that we are now. 
 
Thank you very much

Ignasi López Verdeguer is Director of the Science Department at “la Caixa” Banking Foundation

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(*) For more information about the Conference you can visit this page - there you will find programmepictures and presentations.

 

 

 

 

 


Monday 10

Responsible Research and Innovation in the Health Industry

Posted by RRI Tools on 10 Apr 2017

Responsible Research and Innovation calls for innovation that integrates societal concerns in all the phases of R&I, from the design of the research agendas to the commercialization of research outcomes. The idea of RRI is that anticipating the social needs and concerns of novel technologies by integrating wider society will facilitate better innovation. 

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology, the European Economic and Social Committee and the EU project Responsible-Industry organize the conference “Responsible Research and Innovation in the Health Industry” to be held at the EESC premises, in Brussels, on 18 and 19 May 2017.

The conference will discuss how RRI can help to boost innovation in biomedicine and health with a special focus on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). It will ask how social values and needs can be “integrated from scratch” and which drivers and obstacles RRI encounters when implemented in companies.

Registration is now open, and while it is free of charge, seating is limited. The deadline for registration is 16.5.2017.

An interpretation will be provided from English and French into English and French.

For budgetary reasons, the Committee will not be able to pay transport costs and other expenses but participation in the event is free.

For more info see here


Tuesday 28

How can early career researchers make their voices heard in public debates? - join us at the "Standing up for Science" workshop

Posted by Kathryn Brian - Sense about Science on 28 Mar 2017

Sense about Science EU is running a workshop for early career researchers exploring the representation of science in the media and policy-making. The ‘Standing up for Science" workshop will involve interactions with experienced researchers who have previously engaged with the media and policymakers, as well as science journalists and policymakers.

How can early career researchers make their voices heard in public debates?. Sense about Science EU aims to do this by building a network to cultivate in the next generation of European researchers the ethos of taking responsibility for public discussion, and to give them the confidence and the know-how to do it, addressing one of the main RRI aims.

I am the current intern at Sense about Science EU and I have had the pleasure of previously attending a "Standing up for Science" workshop in the UK. I thought I would give you a personal insight into how I viewed the day to give you a flavour of what to expect. 

The day started with tea and coffee, over which I was struck by the overwhelming interest researchers held in ensuring their work is presented correctly to the public. My enthusiasm was further encouraged during the workshop by a press conference style discussion with academics who shared their experiences with the media. The session focussed on the potential dangers of communicating with the media and how researchers can avoid these dangers. Overall it became clear that communication is key! The take home advice we were given at this point was to be clear with our message and stick to our guns.

After a break (and further caffeine hit) it was time to take on the panel of journalists! The insights they provided were fascinating and did a lot to improve my perception of science journalists. In the past, I attributed any misrepresentations in the media to the extreme pressure placed on journalists to create an interesting story. Although the journalists agreed the pressure is extremely evident, they made it very clear they don’t want a mistake published as it would tar their name.

To round up the insightful day, we discussed the exciting ways we, as early career researchers, can participate in public outreach making it apparent that whether you’re a public speaker or more of a computer whizz, you can find ways to promote the momentum of your research in an approachable, interesting way. The workshop I attended in the UK focussed on the media and was detached from policy making meaning the event in Brussels will have an extra focus! The additional time to talk with policymakers makes the ‘Standing up for Science’ workshop in Brussels an amazing opportunity not to be missed. I can guarantee, it’s a brilliant way to spend your day!

The workshop is free to all early career researchers (PhD, postdoc etc.) and scientists in all sciences, engineering, medicine and social science. To make the most of this amazing opportunity apply through this link before 09.00 on 09/05/17 or click here for more information. If you want more information on the event, contact Sofie Vanthournout (svanthournout@senseaboutscience.org).


Monday 27

Post-doc at University of Leiden - “Optimizing the responsible researcher: towards fair and constructive academic advancement”

Posted by Sarah de Rijcke on 27 Mar 2017


 

Job description

Project: “Optimizing the responsible researcher: towards fair and constructive academic advancement”
This 2-year project is funded through the new ZonMW program Fostering Responsible Research Practices (FRRP). Recent years have seen high-profile initiatives to improve current criteria for assessing academic achievements (e.g. the Leiden Manifesto, the Metric Tide, Science in Transition, DORA, METRICS, Reward Alliance). Some institutions are implementing improved and innovative incentive and reward systems. It is yet unknown whether these systems will counter unintended effects of evaluation systems and unwarranted uses of performance metrics, and help to foster responsible conduct of research by selecting the scientists with a multidimensional profile (i.e. more than a good publication and citation record) and a skill-set that enables them to undertake and supervise both innovative and societally relevant research. This project aims to describe the optimal profile of researchers in terms of their propensity to foster responsible conduct in research, and will compare this profile with existing academic incentive and reward systems. It will result in an evidence-based framework and a set of concrete policy recommendations for designing (or adapting) academic reward systems aimed at fostering excellent, socially responsible research.

Key Responsibilities
You will (help to) conduct:

  • A systematic literature review in which debates about organisational integrity work are traced, and in which one or more ideals of responsible conduct in research can be theoretically developed; 
  • Expert interviews with relevant stakeholders from different levels of the research governance system (including deans, policy makers, a selection of heads of departments) involved in the institutional arrangement of academic advancement systems in biomedicine;
  • Focus group interviews with biomedical researchers, to collect views and opinions about responsible conduct in research and characteristics of responsible researchers, and how they think reward systems should be shaped;
  • Desk research and expert interviews with recruiters, HRM policy makers, evaluators, and staff advisors at different UMCs to further map how incentives towards responsible conduct in research are currently institutionalized;
  • Comparisons in two different UMCs of the effectiveness of new and existing reward systems in terms of fostering responsible conduct in research.

 
Requirements

  • A PhD degree in Science and Technology Studies, or one of the Social Sciences or Life Sciences in combination with STS;
  • Strong skills in designing, organizing and executing qualitative research, especially interviews and ethnographic fieldwork;
  • Pertinent scientific publications;
  • Fluency in spoken English and excellent writing skills in English. Fluency in Dutch is considered an asset, but not a condition;
  • Strong analytical capacity;
  • Willingness and proven ability to work independently, but also to execute the research project in concordance with the other subprojects in the program.

 
Contract type: Temporary, for two years 

 
Employer: Universiteit Leiden


Leiden is a typical university city, hosting the oldest university in the Netherlands (1575). The University permeates the local surroundings; University premises are scattered throughout the city, and the students who live and study in Leiden give the city its relaxed yet vibrant atmosphere.

Leiden University is one of Europe's foremost research universities. This prominent position gives our graduates a leading edge in applying for academic posts and for functions outside academia.

 
Department: Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences 


The Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences comprises four institutes: Education and Child Studies, Political Science, Psychology and Cultural Anthropology & Development Sociology. The Faculty also includes the Centre for Science and Technology Studies. The Faculty is home to 5,000 students and 600 members of staff. Our teaching and research programmes cover diverse topics varying from adoption to political behaviour. 

The Science and Evaluation Studies research group focuses on a) developing a theoretical framework on the politics of contemporary research assessment; b) gaining a deep empirical understanding on how formal and informal evaluation practices are re-shaping academic knowledge production; c) contributing to shaping contemporary debates on responsible research evaluation and metrics uses (including policy implications). The group is led by Sarah de Rijcke and is based at CWTS in Leiden. The centre studies the dynamics of scientific research and its connections to technology, innovation and society. Additional information about Leiden University and CWTS can be found on www.universiteitleiden.nl/en  and https://www.cwts.nl/. 

 
Additional information


Specific information about the vacancy and a more detailed project description can be obtained from dr.  by email s.de.rijcke@cwts.leidenuniv.nl.


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