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

  • Programm Manager/in at OeAD - Fachabteilung Public Science

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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

  • Policy Analysts – Digital Government at OECD, Paris


Chair of the Interim Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation 

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

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

 

  • Programme manager at CosmoCaixa Science Museum

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

 

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

  • Communication Officer, CERN EU Projects Office

 

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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

  • Curator of Technology and Engineering at Science Museum, London

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

  • Research Analyst at Trilateral Research, London

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

 

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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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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

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

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

 

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

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

  • Full Professorship in Political Science / International Relations at SciencesPo

 

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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

  • Interim Programme Manager at the Nuffield Foundation (London, UK)

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

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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

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

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

 

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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.

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Wednesday 18

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

Posted by RRI Tools on 18 Oct 2017

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

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

The following ppts are available:

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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

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