RRIL-Presentation of the course: Ethics in Responsible & Sustainable Innovation

Alicja Dańkowska, Agata Stasik, Maria Caprile, Jonna Hjelt, Laureano Jiménez, Natalia Kobza , Karsten Krüger, Yohannes Mehari, Alba Molas, Mikko Mykkänen, Elias Pekkola, Jari Stenvall

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Abstract

Responsible research and innovation (RRI), as an integrated concept, is being promoted by the European Union since 2010 and forms part of the Horizon 2020 in the area of science with and for society. RRI is formed by five strategic dimension: public engagement, gender equality, science education, open science and ethics, to which the transversal dimension of governance is added to develop harmonious governance models and institutional strategies. RRIL developed learning courses for three of these dimensions: public engagement, gender equality and ethics, to which we add an introductory course to ReSI. The main objective of the course Ethics in Responsible & Sustainable Innovation. is raising awareness on ethical dimension of conducting research and innovation development, as well as providing inspiration, knowledge and learning tools related to ethical considerations in research and innovation processes. The course introduces the students to various approached applied to ensure societal relevance and ethical acceptability of R&D+I outcomes in the context of business activity, energy research, and urban development. In this understanding, an ethical reflection is closely related to other concepts, such as sustainability, transparency, the precautionary principle, social responsibility of science, impact assessment, or design for values. The course is based on the premise that to ensure social relevance and acceptability of any innovation, its impact should be evaluated at the early stages of the research process, including its possible unintended and unexpected consequences. Monitoring the innovation process could be enabled by sharing authorship and responsibility for the results with relevant social groups (citizens, policymakers, entrepreneurs, educators, etc.) who should be involved in all stages of the process while respecting the principles of gender balance. Therefore, the course stresses the connections between ethical dimension of R&D+I with public engagement and gender perspective, and present them as complementary concepts The course is accessible and open for download and importation to other learning platform (previous registration as teacher) at canvas.instructure.com at: English version: https://lor.instructure.com/resources/eec37eb0a22d49a1bd5139b105f4194b Spanish version: https://lor.instructure.com/resources/a49f57278c9d466baec185c5d5a07348

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBarcelona, Spain
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-943087-36-9
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2021
Publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

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Publisherdia-e-logo http://www.dia-e-logos.eu

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