Responsible Research and Innovation in Academic Practice

Societies and policy increasingly rely on research and innovation to address the challenges of our time. More than ever before, researchers are required to align their work to ideals of societal relevance and responsibility, and to fulfil expectations of scientific excellence at the same time. In Europe, this call for changing science-society relations has been subsumed under the term “Responsible Research and Innovation” (RRI).

As a new concept, RRI explores possibilities of integrating responsibility as core value in research and innovation. A new research field is starting to form around the discussion of this concept. However, what RRI can concretely mean in the practices of researchers at an institution like the University of Vienna has hardly been explored so far. To address this, our interdisciplinary research platform studies the many moments in which responsible decision-making is important in everyday research practices and the conditions that support - or may prevent - responsible acting.

In the platform, life scientists and social scientists work together to develop a framework for understanding and fostering responsible research and innovation in practice. Complementary to our research activities, we organise public events to open broader debates about the meaning of responsibility in academic practice.

 News & Events

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07.09.2021
 

Ulrike Felt and Vera Ulmer will present their paper “Making Sense of Publishing” at the EAIR Forum 2021.

03.09.2021
 

Wissenschafts- und Technikforschung an der Universität Wien und Innovative Technik in Österreich

28.06.2021
 

Is academia as we know it today sustainable? Ulrike Felt will discuss this issue at the first EuroScience Policy Forum.

09.06.2021
 

Ruth Falkenberg has just published this article in Minerva. Read the open access article here!

21.05.2021
 

That's the question Ulrike Felt and Sarah Davies will discuss at the Public Communication of Science and Technology conference.

29.04.2021
 

Wenn der Problemlöser zum Problem wird: Die Geschichte unseres Umgangs mit Kunststoffe als Analogie für unseren Zugang zur Klimawende.

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