Responsible research and innovation (RRI) - Autumn 2017

Name of course: Responsible research and innovation (RRI)

ECTS credits: 2

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year: Autumn 2017
Hours per week: 2 full course days (29-30 November 2017)
Capacity limits: 20

Objectives of the course:
·         Introduce junior researchers to the principles of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)
·         Enable junior researchers to reflect on their own research practices in relation to RRI as well as identifying possibilities to make their own and other junior researchers’ PhD projects more in line with such principles  

Learning outcomes and competences:
Upon completion of the course, the students should be able to:
1) Describe and discuss the main ideas of RRI
2) Analyze and discuss the implications of RRI for selected research cases
3) Apply the main ideas of RRI to concrete research projects and identify possible ways to make them more responsible.

Compulsory programme:
Active participation incl. one poster presentation and one final written assignment on set question (5 pages, excl. literature list)

Course contents:
This course is interdisciplinary and all PhD students are welcome to participate. It will introduce PhD students to different understandings of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) through selected readings and a short lecture. On the first day of the course, students will discuss several ideas of RRI in groups and then apply them to concrete cases of controversial research. Furthermore, participants will present their own PhD projects or first project ideas to each other, and identify and discuss possibilities to incorporate ideas of RRI in their own research. On the afternoon of the second day, students will present their work in a short poster presentation at a public science café event at the Steno museum. 

PhD student (participation in the GSST Introduction Day is required for PhD students at Science and Technology only)

Name of lecturer:
Kristian H. Nielsen, Niels Mejlgaard

Type of course/teaching methods:
Mixture of lectures, seminars, student presentations and group work

·         Burget, M., Bardone, E., & Pedaste, M. (2017). Definitions and Conceptual Dimensions of Responsible Research and Innovation: A Literature Review. Science and Engineering Ethics, 23(1), 1-19. DOI:10.1007/s11948-016-9782-1
·         Grunwald, A. (2017). Extending the Object of Responsibility Assessments in RR. In The Hermeneutic Side of Responsible Research and Innovation (pp. 25-44). London/Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. DOI:10.1002/9781119340898.fmatter
·         Iatridis, K., & Schroeder, D. (2016). The Basics of Responsible Research and Innovation. In Responsible Research and Innovation in Industry. The Case for Corporate Responsibility Tools (pp. 5–30). Heidelberg/New York, NY/Dordrecht/London: Springer. DOI:10.1007/978-3-319-21693-5_2
·         Stilgoe, J., Owen, R., & Macnaghten, P. (2013). Developing a framework for responsible innovation. Research Policy, 42(9), 1568–1580. DOI:10.1016/j.respol.2013.05.008
·         Taebi, B., Correljé, A., Cuppen, E., Dignum, M., & Pesch, U. (2014). Responsible innovation as an endorsement of public values: the need for interdisciplinary research. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 1(1), 118–124. DOI:10.1080/23299460.2014.882072

Course homepage:

Course assessment:
Passed/not passed, based on active participation and final written assignment.

Centre for Science Studies, Department of Mathematics, and The Danish Centre for Studies in Research and Research Policy

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 (week 48)
Thursday, 30 November 2017 (week 48) 


No show fee:
Please note the following: As from 2017, a no-show fee is introduced at GSST’s transferable skills courses for course participants who do not show up at the course or cancel their course participation after the course registration deadline – unless they can provide a Doctor’s note. The no-show fee will be DKK 1,200 (the price of one ECTS). The no-show fee is introduced because GSST has experienced many late cancellations, thus preventing people from the waiting lists to have a seat at the courses.  

Deadline for registration is Monday, 30 October 2017. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than Tuesday, 31 October 2017. 

Due to an Agreement between Danish Universities coming into force as of 1 January 2011, participants from other universities than Aarhus University will have to pay DKK 1,200 per ECTS. In principle this also applies to external parties, but exemption can be granted under specific circumstances.

If you have any questions, please contact PhD Partner Karen Konradi, GSST (

How to register for the course:
Please be aware that your registration for the course not necessarily equals your admission for the course. You will receive an e-mail two days after the registration deadline regarding whether you are admitted for the course or if you are registered on the waiting list.  

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Please note that seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.