PARIS – France, 23rd of September

First European  Responsible Research and Innovation Seminar on Science Education 

This seminar aims to create an opportunity for knowledge exchange among FP7 and H2020 projects and experts that contribute(d) to connect Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE).

“RRI is an inclusive approach to research and innovation (R&I), to ensure that societal actors work together during the whole research and innovation process. It aims to better align both the process and outcomes of R&I, with the values, needs and expectations of European society.”

Some keys identified in the RRI approach are “Engagement”, “Gender Equality”, “Science Education”, “Ethics”, “Open Access” and “Governance”. Formal and informal education play a crucial role to mainstream these approaches in the scientific and social practices. By embedding the above mentioned areas in the teaching practices, we contribute to the shaping of the vision of science in future generations.This is why several recent FP7 and H2020 projects (ENGAGE being one of them) put efforts in developing the links between RRI and Science Education (with a special focus on IBSE).

This event in Paris intends to identify existing specific expertise in other projects that are useful for ones’ own project, in order to avoid missing connections between people and projects. The methodology used during the event community-based participatory research to address collective issues. The outputs will be summarised in a report on policy recommendations. All participants collaborators, co-researchers and co-authors will be informed about the process and cited in the report.

Mainstreaming RRI in the formal and informal science education landscapes.  

Today science is no more limited to knowledge, and it is increasingly framed in terms of its social and economic impacts, ethical issue, governance and citizen participation, etc. Informal science education settings are shaping and contributing to this trend, formal science education is developing ways to mainstream this vision in its teaching practices, professional development and learning objectives.

In this framework, links and partnership are necessary between the school system (teachers and students) and: active researchers and research institution, science media, informal science education institutions such as science centres, etc.. Also, the involvement of families and parents need not to be neglected.

Relevant approaches and practices will be discussed, focussing on RRI for formal and informal Science Education through three discussion groups Our Problematisation Map can be accessed in this URL: LiteMap