Selected Aspects of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)



Language of Instruction: German

Type: Seminar

Registration Period: From September 1, 2023, 00:00, to October 8, 2023, 23:59



The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations highlight the necessity to consider current and future challenges from a holistic and transdisciplinary perspective. This requires the engagement of diverse stakeholders and their innovative and creative openness to find sustainable solutions. Closely related to this, the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) within the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, becomes significant. RRI outlines a process for socially responsible and sustainable alignment of research, innovation, and education.

The seminar "Selected Aspects of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)" addresses these challenges and thereby contributes to a responsible and forward-looking education of engineers. The thematic scope of RRI encompasses areas such as Ethics, Gender, Governance, Engagement, Education, and Open Access. Through the exploration of selected aspects within this thematic scope, the seminar aims to address current problems and questions.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to articulate the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and its positioning within the European context. They will demonstrate an understanding of the significance of responsible alignment in research and innovation and be able to justify its relevance. Moreover, students will engage in self-reflection regarding their own responsibilities within the realm of science and research, particularly within their respective academic disciplines.

Through interactive discussions, students will address current challenges in selected thematic areas of the RRI context. They will critically evaluate and analyze various examples of responsible research and innovation practices.


Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goals 9,10,11 & 13 Copyright: © UN

The seminar introduces students to aspects of socially responsible and sustainable research and innovation, establishing connections with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 9, 10, 11, and 13. The focus will be particularly on exploring the challenges of sustainable urban development (SDG 11). Students will be encouraged to adopt a transdisciplinary approach when addressing engineering-related issues, taking into account gender and diversity perspectives. Moreover, they will gain an understanding of the importance of fostering an open innovation ecosystem that emphasizes the exchange of knowledge and ideas between the scientific community and civil society.

Explore all teaching and research activities at GDI concerning these goals:

SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

SDG 13: Climate Action