Highlights of the 2nd HEIRRI Conference in Vienna: Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI

The second and last HEIRRI Conference celebrated in Vienna on April 27th 2018 has gathered around 150 people from 43 countries under the title “Education towards a responsible society, transforming universities through RRI”. The event has been centred in discussing about RRI teaching and learning, as well as presenting the work done during the almost three years of project.

Professionals from all over the world have met in Vienna for what has been an enriching and thought-provoking conference full of participation and interactive sessions. The event counted with three keynote speeches: Rolf Tarrach (European University Association), Melanie Smallman (University College London) and Vincent Blok (Wageningen University). Moreover, there was a poster panel with 13 participants and a speed-dating session with 17 initiatives.

The conference was a great success. Participants expressed their positive opinions via Twitter (read the compilation of  tweets here) and also personally to many HEIRRI representatives. Not only was the content well planned, but also the discussions and initiatives that were given voice were key to the topic at hand.

Now that the HEIRRI project is getting closer to its end, this conference has been the best occasion to present the work accomplished and a first launch of the HEIRRI training programmes, which are already available at the RRI Tools website. The event has also been a great moment to consolidate the community committed to the teaching of responsible practices in research and innovation. The conference has been organised by Ecsite, the European network of science centres and museums, together with the local support of the Science Centre Network.

The HEIRRI team met the day previous to the conference to celebrate an internal meeting and to prepare for the intense day ahead. Representatives from the consortium institutions, together with members of the HEIRRI Advisory Boards, gathered in the premises of the IHS for the meeting. 

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