Responsible Innovation: Engineering with Society
Duration 2 days
Training Units 4.0
Team Researcher Academy

This face to face course is run by the Researcher Academy 

The Researcher Academy courses are very popular and the majority are run in both semesters to give you the opportunity to attend at a time of the year that suits you. Semester 1 courses will be available for booking from the second week of October and Semester 2 courses from the second week of February. 


Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) has rapidly become an important mode of research and innovation governance and practice within the UK, the EU and beyond, aiming to more closely align science and technology with societal needs and values.

The aim of the module is to provide an overview of the wider social, cultural, economic and political context of chemical and materials sciences and innovation, through introducing them to Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) concepts, practices and processes. Through activity based learning students will develop the knowledge and skills to understand and think critically about approaches to RRI, and to implement RRI in their current and future research and innovation activities.

The course will enable Engineering PGRs

  • to consider the ways in which science and society mutually shape each other
  • to understand their own and others’ responsibilities within existing and more recent approaches to research governance
  • to grasp the predominant frameworks for RRI
  • to learn the range of ways in which RRI has been and could be put into practice
  • to comprehend the broader political and policy context at national, international and global levels
  • to consider how RRI might develop in the future
Most importantly, learners are guided through activities to develop the competencies required to adopt an RRI approach in their own research projects and field of research.

Booking Conditions 

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