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03/12/2019 - 1 Day Course on Foundations of Responsible Research and Innovation


Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is an approach to research and innovation governance aiming to ensure that research purpose, process and outcomes are acceptable, sustainable and desirable. This approach helps define how social and ethical considerations can be incorporated into the research design process and how organisations should manage the ethical dilemmas that arise through the use of information and communication technology.



The Finance Helpdesk has teamed up with ORBIT to deliver a 1 Day Course that delivers a structured approach for the design and integration of Responsible Research and Innovation activities into research and innovation projects. This approach helps you work out what should be done, who should be involved and what they will be responsible for. It gives you a set of processes to work through and explains what information you should be gathering along the way. Through the explanation of the AREA-4P Framework and the use of the Project Self-Assessment tool, the course will allow delegates to gain sufficient knowledge and understanding of the core principles of RRI and their relevance in research and innovation processes. A certificate will be awarded to attendees at the end of the course


The Foundation is a one-day course. It begins with the broad contextual background for RRI and explains how the need for greater oversight of and social engagement with innovation came about. We then go on to discuss how these concepts are made more concrete and useful with the AREA Framework. Students then have an opportunity to examine case studies in small groups and to discuss the application of the AREA Framework to these examples of research and/or innovation. They are then introduced to the ORBIT Project Self-Assessment Tool, a digital tool that allows for a project to be assessed against a set of metrics and given a ‘score’. This outcome can then provide a guideline for where further RRI work may need to be included.


The course will be delivered by Professor Bernd Stahl, Director for the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University, and Mr Martin de Heaver, Managing Director of ORBIT.



Workshop Date:

3 December 2019


Workshop Venue:

The Holiday Inn Vienna City Hotel.


Learning outcomes:


Responsible Research and Innovation

  • Familiarity with the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation
  • Understanding the need for RRI
  • Understanding the salience of RRI in technology
  • Reflection on the role and responsibilities of researchers within society, including familiarity with how individual, proxy, and collective agency can be utilised by researchers
  • How to include RRI activities in a proposal for funding for Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe


Real-world applications

  • Understanding current issues associated with RRI through workshopped case studies
  • Familiarity with the purpose and application of the Project Self-Assessment Tool for creating an RRI ‘score’ for a project.


Workshop fee:

€599+ VAT



To register, please download the registration form and send completed form by Email here, or fax to: +97289327362


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