Tuesday 20

Gender in RRI and Sustainable Development

Posted by RRI Tools on 20 Sep 2016

In September 2015 the United Nations adopted 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), one of which is gender equality (SDG 5). This goal recognizes that gender equality and the empowerment of women are crucial to sustainable development. We at the RRI Tools project know that these objectives are also essential to RRI. However, Inés Sánchez de Madariaga claims that, even though most of the UN’s other 16 SDGs also have gender dimensions, their gender-related aspects have not been “properly addressed”.

Inés Sánchez de Madariaga, the UNESCO chair on Gender, Science, Technology and Innovation at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, has been actively studying and promoting gender equality in sustainable development for almost 20 years. Speaking at RRI Tools’ second Train the Trainers workshop in July at CosmoCaixa Barcelona, she highlighted recent policy discussions and achievements occurring in the run-up to the UN’s Habitat III Conference on sustainable urban development taking place in October in Quito, Ecuador.

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Monday 05

A new model for RRI and CSO participation?

Posted by RRI Tools on 05 Sep 2016

What do we want the future of Responsible Research and Innovation to be?

That is the question Claudia Neubauer posed to participants at the second RRI Tools’ Train the Trainers workshop that took place in July at CosmoCaixa Barcelona. Neubauer, a molecular biologist, is currently program officer for the Charles Léopold Mayer Foundation for the Progress of Humankind, which supports communities transitioning toward sustainability.

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Friday 12

Beyond citizen science: Public engagement in RRI

Posted by RRI Tools on 12 Aug 2016

Democracy is changing, and people are demanding more input into the things that affect their daily lives. Public engagement in RRI can help fill this demand but only if it goes beyond encouraging data collection to facilitating people’s ability to influence science. So said Lars Klüver, who has been involved with public engagement and technology assessment since the 1980s and is currently director of the Danish Board of Technology Foundation and coordinator for Engage 2020CIMULACT and HBP Citizen Consultations. Klüver recently spoke at the RRI Tools’ second Train the Trainers workshop, which took place at CosmoCaixa Barcelona (July 4–6, 2016).

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Thursday 04

Including the excluded: how RRI needs to become a force for changing our political economy

Posted by UCL on 04 Aug 2016

If anyone thought that Britain’s vote to leave the European Union on June 23 would make responsible research and innovation and the ideas, visions and agendas it embraces, less important, they are 100% wrong. Yes, RRI is a European concept that has been developed – amongst others – by British scholars and the UK research community. Yes, the European Union has been weakened by the UK voting “leave”. Yes, by that token, the movement and community for RRI has, in its turn, been weakened. But the Brexit vote itself has shown just why responsibility and responsiveness in research and innovation systems and process is needed now more than ever.

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Thursday 07

Scientific evidence about ‘responsible research’

Posted by The International School on Research Impact Assessment on 07 Jul 2016

Let’s get scientific about RRI. Let us put into question if there is scientific evidence about the association between ‘responsible research’ (as defined by the 6 pillars) and social impact of research. The field of ‘science of science’ may have some answers to this. This discipline seeks scientific evidence on how science works to help policy makers optimise societal impact of research. The methods usually adopted are combinations of quality research case studies, questionnaires, bibliometrics, data-mining and narrative review. Now, the question I propose in this post is whether there is scientific evidence that investing in responsible research will deliver more societal impacts.

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