Responsible Research & Innovation Boot Camp

Do you care about the impact of science on society?
Any researcher will recognize this fear: your thesis, perfectly written and presenting rich data-rich, lying in some desk drawer and just waiting to be forgotten. Sounds familiar? Science has become a self-referential system, and papers remain unread or even unwritten. But why talk about the impact of papers anyway, and not about their impact on society?
Course levelMaster
Block 3
5 to 19 August
Recommended course combination
Block 1: Doing Research with Discourse Analysis, Empirical Legal Studies
Block 2: Data Analysis in R, Crime in Numbers: From Correlation to Causation
Co-ordinating lecturerProf. Dr. Jacqueline Broerse , Dr. Frank Kupper
Other lecturersDr. Pim Klaassen, Dr. Barbara Regeer, Drs. Ir. Aafke Fraaije
Form(s) of tuitionWorkshops, lectures, simulations, excursion
Form(s) of assessmentPersonal RRI action plan
ECTS3 credits
Contact hours45
Total tuition fee€1150
Primarily students from of the natural and biomedical sciences, but students with from other backgrounds (social sciences, humanities, etc.) are also welcome. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Students who are in their final year of bachelors studies or have obtained a full bachelors degree are able to register for this course. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Developments in science and technology, such as biotechnology and artificial intelligence, have the potential to profoundly transform our lives. If you care about the social impact of your research, if you want to engage stakeholders and reflect on your own practice, then this is the course for you. This summer boot camp will help you become the best Responsible Researcher that you can possibly be.

What is Responsible Research and Innovation? In a nutshell, RRI describes a way of doing research that allows research outcomes to align with societal values. RRI was presented in Horizon 2020, the EU’s funding programme for research and innovation, immediately attracting widespread interest. RRI is based on four key dimensions: 1) inclusive deliberation, 2) openness & transparency, 3) anticipation & reflexivity, and 4) responsiveness and adaptive change.

The approach has profound implications for researchers. For example, if RRI promotes societal involvement very early in the research process, the researcher must define exactly what ‘very early’ means. If RRI emphasizes the vital role of reflective learning in research practice, the challenge for responsible researchers is to incorporate this aspect into their daily routine. If RRI promotes openness, the question for responsible researchers is how best to pursue transparency in their own context. 
Like any other boot camp, this course is short and intensive. The boot camp is:

•    Hands-on. This boot camp features active participation rather than a heavy focus on theory. Short lectures introduce theoretical concepts, followed by hands-on workshops, often focusing on your own research topics. Speakers include RRI experts from academia and professional practice.
•    Theory-based. Each day of the boot camp focuses on one of the key dimensions of RRI. We take examples from fields such as science & technology studies, science communication and innovation management. The workshops build a complete picture of RRI in practice.
•    Interdisciplinary. The course is open to students from all scientific backgrounds. Our source material is varied, incorporating your input and expertise. You will work in teams, creating a cross-disciplinary learning experience.
•    Creative. Teaching methods and materials are multifaceted and engaging.


After this course, you will be able to:

•Describe the RRI framework, linking purposes and products to processes and people.
•Explain RRI origins and meaning.
•Reflect on what RRI implicates for their own practice and scientific field.
•Design research and innovation processes in accordance with RRI principles.

We will organize site visits to see RRI in practice.
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