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Responsible Research and Innovation at Technical Universities – Challenges and Opportunities Marlene Altenhofer & Erich Griessler (Techno-Science & Societal Transformation, Institute for Advanced Studies Vienna) 1st HEIRRI Conference, Barcelona, 18 March 2016


Overview • About the Project RRI.TU • Workshop Design for RRI Purposes in HEI • HEI & Industry: Challenges


About the Project RRI.TU • Main aim: developing RRI promoting approaches and measures for the Vienna University of Technology, Austria (TU Vienna) • Four-part workshop at TU Vienna • Participants from research, research funding, industry, advocacy groups, and civil society • Provision of short round-ups of previous sessions and detailed minutes


Workshop Design for RRI Purposes in HEI (I) • Evaluation of workshop design (qualitative interviews with participants before and after workshop) • Beneficial for identifying and developing integrative research and teaching settings in the sense of RRI • Working both on and in the sense of RRI


Workshop Design for RRI Purposes in HEI (II) • Heterogeneous group of participants:  Allows addressing challenges and opportunities in research and teaching settings close to industry  Allows learning from each other

• Open workshop structure:  Contents and structure of workshop not pre-set  Allows bottom-up working in an RRI sense and cocreative working


HEI & Industry: Challenges • RRI in general:  “Blurry” definition  clear working definition needed

• Open Access:  Open access vs. intellectual property

• Public Engagement:  “Real” engagement vs. information, how to enable PE, enable PE at all, etc.

• Gender:  Low quota of women in STEM fields


Thank you for your attention! Contact: Marlene Altenhofer Techno-Science & Societal Transformation marlene.altenhofer@ihs.ac.at

Erich Griessler Techno-Science & Societal Transformation erich.griessler@ihs.ac.at

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