Monday 28

PERFORM meeting – World Science Day for Peace and Development 2016

Posted by UNESCO on 28 Nov 2016

The world is facing a global crisis in science education, as seen by diminishing number of youngsters interested in studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). A considerable percentage of young people in the world are not interested in STEM careers mainly because they perceive science as boring and difficult, and they feel they lack the necessary skills to deal with such topics. Such negative perceptions discourage adolescents from actively seeking to learn about science, explore career options in STEM fields, and undervalue the role of science in society.

PERFORM is a European Commission- funded project aiming to investigate the effects of the use of innovative science education methods, based on performing arts, in fostering young peoples’ motivations and engagement with STEM in selected secondary schools in France, Spain and the United Kingdom.


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Thursday 24

Responsible development of quantum computing

Posted by Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) on 24 Nov 2016

UK government's quantum technologies strategy is aimed at making use of the astounding properties of quantum mechanics to develop a new generation of products which promise to transform our lives profoundly. The strategy actively promotes responsible research and innovation to ensure that these new products are socially desirable and embraced by the public.

Now one of the hubs set up as part of this strategy, Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) based at the University of Oxford, has produced a short animation explaining some of the RRI issues in quantum technologies, one of a series produced by each of the hubs.


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Thursday 03

Gathering RRI & RRI learning practices: the HEIRRI database is now online!

Posted by HEIRRI on 03 Nov 2016

The new database of the HEIRRI project is now published online and available for everyone interested in RRI and RRI learning! The database compiles 23 exemplary cases related to RRI and RRI learning in higher education institutions, such as EU projects, different teaching/pedagogical approaches, programmes, courses, a policy document and a report.


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Monday 17

Multi-stakeholder involvement in nanotechnologies - an innovative approach

Posted by NANO2ALL on 17 Oct 2016

Multi-stakeholder involvement in research and innovation

The European Commission actively promotes the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and the process of aligning research and innovation (R&I) with societal values, needs and expectations. Practices that enable such an alignment are of high relevance in all scientific and technological domains, not least emerging technologies, including the field of nanotechnologies.


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Monday 10

Can RRI help to overcome ethical issues in new and emerging (bio)technologies?

Posted by Markus Schmidt, Biofaction KG on 10 Oct 2016

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is an attempt to reconcile economic interests with the need to become a more sustainable society and the imperative to protect people from avoidable hardships (through jobs, medical support, etc.). Providing solutions to ethical challenges is thus high on the agenda of RRI.

The first step to solve a problem is to acknowledge that it actually exists, rather than to ignore it or talk it away. In a second step the problem needs to be characterised, and increasingly, described by a number of different points of view, currently done through various so-called participative processes that include not only scientists or businessmen but also e.g. consumers, farmers, or other related stakeholders. In an ideal world, the third and last step has all these different views considered when trying to find a solution that is OK for most or everybody.


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