The Universitat Jaume I (Spain) has started training in RRI for future researchers with the course “Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI): doctoral projects” developed from the HEIRRI materials and experience in the study of Responsible Research and Innovation carried out by the teaching team. The course was held on 23 November and 13 December 2017 within the framework of the transversal course catalogue of the Doctoral School of the Universitat Jaume I. It included the invitation to the 34 students registered to attend the conference “New perspectives in the management of social responsibility in universities” that included a session dedicated entirely to RRI on 30 November.
The course introduced doctoral students in different concepts related to RRI, encouraging participants to reflect on this phenomenon through various participatory dynamics and case examples. In a second session, participants had the opportunity to consider how they would incorporate RRI into their doctoral research projects, and received interesting feedback from their peers.
The Universitat Jaume I participates in highlighting and internationalizing the HEIRRI project, testing training programmes and materials to help improve its applicability in different contexts. After the good response of faculty and students to the training proposal, this course will be maintained within the transversal course catalogue of the Doctoral School. In addition, the training will be extended to other university groups, starting with teaching and research staff, in line with the Universitat Jaume I’s commitment to the study and development of RRI.
The course was taught by Domingo García Marzá, professor of Ethics and Rector’s Commissioner for the Development of University Social Responsibility; Daniel Pallarés, lecturer of the Department of Philosophy and Sociology; Francisco Fernández Beltrán, head of the Communication and Publications Service, and Rosana Sanahuja, journalist of the Scientific Culture and Innovation Unit. The faculty of the course has a multidisciplinary profile between ethics and communication and various publications on RRI including articles, books and open-access studies developed from studies funded by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.