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RiConfigure Training Programmes to promote collaborative innovations

Posted by Luisa Fernanda Barbosa & Frederik Langkjær, RiConfigure project on 17 Feb 2021

Our courses focus on a novel concept that intends to diversify innovation, the collaboration between the different sectors or helices of society: academia, industry, public sector and civil society. This approach, also known as Quadruple helix collaborations (QHC), helps address complex issues, which are a common base in many innovation processes. But it also poses great challenges. Building on experience and knowledge, our courses identify a set of aspects that facilitate or hinder such collaborations and provide tools, methodologies and strategic guidelines that support the design, implementation and evaluation of quadruple helix collaborations for innovation

For two years, the practical experience of the European project RiConfigure on collaborative innovation has been closely followed and structured to create a set of training materials. This experience comes from social experiments, comparative analysis and dialogue events with innovation practitioners and policy makers. With the valuable learnings from the project, the University Pompeu Fabra (UPF, Spain) and Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (LBG, Austria) have designed and developed three training programmes. 

The courses are partially inspired and based on the trainings created by the project “Higher Education Institutions and Responsible Research and Innovation” [HEIRRI] and address actors, managers or representatives from the four sectors of society interested on involved in innovation processes.
Building on experience and knowledge, the courses explore a set of aspects that facilitate or hinder collaborative innovations and provide tools, methodologies and strategic guidelines to support the design, implementation and evaluation of quadruple helix collaborations in innovation. Moreover, the courses provide a platform for networking and for creating alliances with people and institutions with a shared interest into a particular societal issue or grand challenge. The content of the programmes differs in depth and perspective, but all three focus on the transversal aspects of QHCs and provide a variety of examples and cases gathered in RiConfigure.

To develop the courses, UPF and LBG used a pedagogical methodology called the 5E’s Instructional model, which represents five sequential stages of a learning cycle: Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend (or Elaborate), and Evaluate. As part of the different stages there are participatory learning approaches, as Inquiry-based and Problem-based methodologies. For instance, in the open online course, the participants adapt and use personal knowledge and experience in the pursuit of solving an innovation problem. In all cases, the courses couple training situations with real-life practical cases to activate the full range of experience, knowledge and capacities.

During the following months, the RiConfigure project will be organizing the courses in different contexts. Due to the COVID19 pandemic, all three courses will occur online.

Moreover, in May 2021, the courses and all the training materials will be openly available for further use or modification in the websites of RRI Tools, the Studies Centre on Science, Communication and Society and RiConfigure.



  • Open online course:

Starting on February 22nd 
By AvanCiencia (Colombia)
(*) A certificate of participation will be given upon completion of the course. 

  • Online workshop:

February 24th, 9h00 – 16h00 (CET)
By Danish Board of Technology (Denmark)
Focus on collaborative innovations

March 18th, 15h00 – 19h00 (CET)
By Institute for Advanced Studies (Austria)
Focus on sustainable mobility

March 23rd, 13h00 – 17h00 (CET)
By Ludwig Boltzmann Gesellschaft (Austria)
Focus on the future of cities and regions

  • Intensive online course:

March 16, 18, 23 and 25th, 15h00 – 17h30 (CET) 
By University Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
Focus on sustainable urbanism
(*) A certificate of participation will be given upon completion of the course.


(*) For more information please contact us at [email protected] or visit our website.

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