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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

Group A - Implementing RRI in the classroom : preparing the teachers

Global questions: How can CPD and online communities prepare teachers for RRI adoption? What are the training needs in order to induce an uptake of “RRI culture” in science teaching? What are the most interesting innovative training approaches and communities of practice that can motivate teachers and students?

Questions raised by participants: How could we foster RRI by a better integration of scientific knowledge and principles in society, especially with young people and educators, to allow for a more knowledgeable and critical public that will better be able to voice their concerns and understand crucial developments? (Klaus Hadwiger). How could we integrate teacher professional development, IBSE and Ethical dimensions in science teaching and the sciences we teach? (Peter van Marion.) How are our projects applying RRI in schools for informal settings, online teacher training and platforms? (Audrey Savre). What are the Approaches for and experiences with teachers' CPD for RRI, and RRI in the classroom (Marie Christine Knippels).

Participants: (Teachers CPD: Yael, [f]Sonia, [r]Philippa, Julie, [m]Fotini);  (Teachers Community: ,[r]Gemma, Sanuel, [m]Gabriel, Harald, Palmira,) Group B - Connecting Informal and formal learning for students' RRI adoption (young citizens + parents)

Global questions: How can we bridge formal and informal learning for  students' RRI adoption? What are the key issues for connecting the contribution of active scientists to enrich students' learning?

Questions raised by participants: What are the strategies for engaging parents when working with young people? How could we make the science more inclusive by broadening its concepts and outcomes in the general opinion? (Camile Breton.) What are the key issues to promote citizenship and scientific literacy through science communication/ informal learning as well as support evidence-based policy making? (Antonio Costa. & Marzia Mazzonetto.) What are the best existing practices in other projects and other initiatives to promote RRI awareness in the formal education sector? ( Maite Debry) How could we apply a chain management approach that address young talent all the way through (from primary -secondary-HE-labout market)? (Bart van de Laar) How could we foster the further development of RRI in theory and its dissemination in practice?. Besides advocacy this also requires more insights into facilitators and barriers (Jacqueline Broerse).

Participants: (Schools: Tony, Mario[f], Francine, [r]Aristos, [m]Anna) (Students: [r]Maria, Ale, [m]Emil, Vanessa, )

Group C - Building RRI partnerships (Industry, Science Centers and Scientists)

Global questions: What are the strategies for dissemination and promoting partnerships? What are the key benefits and barriers for wide recruitment of stakeholders?

Questions raised by participants: How are our projects establishing strong connections between IBSE, RRI, Science in society, science museology (Ignasi Verdeguer). How could we promote RRI as a radical change in the way research and innovation activities are conducted across Europe? (Peter Gray). How are our projects fostering collaborations between corporations, universities, local authorities and science centers? (Bart van de Laar ). How could we develop two-way communication, and involve target audience in science, technology and innovation with respect to different motives and interests? (Bart van de Laar) How could we support RRI living systems (ecosystems, human-systems etc.) function, and how they could be improved if needed? (Malvina Artheau). How different projects are promoting institutional transformation, children's empowerment, trans-disciplinary working (Tricia Jenkins). Participants: (Museums, Science Centres: Matteo, Dalius,[m]Laura, Bernie[r], Ignacio, ) (Policy Makers: [f]Kathy,  Meriem,[r]Pat,  Elin,  [m]Mihai, )

Plenary 1 - [f]Matteo , [m]Ale, [r] Pat Plenary 2 - [f]Tony, [m] Ale, [r] Pat

Group  [A] Sonia Group [B] Mario Group [C] Kathy

[f] facilitator, [r] reporter, [m] mapper


12.00 – 13.00: Arrival and Lunch

13.00 – 13.30: INTRODUCTION (Objectives, Summary of Participants, Projects, Interests)

13.30 – 14.30: Group Discussions ( working in teams mapping key challenges and strategies )

14.30 – 15.00: Plenary with coffee ( groups presentations with feedback )

15.00 – 16.00: Group Discussions ( mapping problems is depth with solutions)

16.00 – 16.30: Plenary with coffee ( groups presentations with feedback )

16.30 – 17.00: CONCLUSIONS ( key issues and next steps )

17h30 drinks

19h00 Dinner

Dans les Landes

119 bis Rue Monge

75005 Paris

A neo-bistrot specialises in French South-West cuisine.

Steering Committee

Tony Sherborne (Engage Coordinator)

Pat Morton (Project Manager)

Alexandra Okada (Chair)

Matteo Merzagora (Local Chair)

Local Organisers

Vanessa Mignan

Meriem Fresson

Collaborators from Brazil

Alexandre Marino

Patricia Torres

Raquel Glitz

Lia Rossi

Preliminary Outcomes

Experts representing EU projects

Antonio Costa(coordinator), PLACES, ECSITE

Audrey Savre(Project manager), ENGINEER, ECSITE


Camille Breton, SIS CATALYST

Gabriel Gorghiu, PROFILE

Ignasi López Verdeguer(coordinator), RRI-TOOLS

Jacqueline E.W. Broerse (coordinator) VOICES

Kathy Kikis-Papadakis (coordinator), EPNoSL

Klaus Hadwiger (coordinator), INPROFOOD

Malvina Artheau, RRI-TOOLS

Maria Evagorou(coordinator), PREESEES

Marie Knippels(coordinator), PARRISE

Mario Barajas, PATHWAY

Matteo Merzagora, TEMI

Marzia Mazzonetto(project manager), SYNENERGENE, VOICES, RRI-TOOLS, ECSITE

Okada Alexandra, WESPOT

paTricia Jenkins(coordinator), SIS CATALYST, INSTEM

Peter Gray, S-TEAM

Peter van Marion, INSTEM, S-TEAM , SUN

Sonia Heltzer, STENCIL

Tony Sherborne (coordinator), ENGAGE 

Engage Consortium Members

Julie Jordan

Philippa Hulme

Gemma Young

Fotini Chaimala

Aristidis Protopsaltis

Vanessa Mignan

Meriem Fresson

Laura Monica

Mihai Bizoi

Yael Schwartz

Emil Eidin

Anna Trifonova

Harald Bjar

Elin Aschim

Dury Bayram Jacobs

Francine Pellaud

Sanuel Heinzen

Ignacio Monge

Dalius Dapkus

Palmira Peciuliauskiene

Pat Morton



The conference takes place at: L’espace des Sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes – ESPCI ParisTech

10 rue Vauquelin

75005 Paris

Public transportations


  • Métro Line 7, stations Censier Daubenton or Place Monge (5 minute-walk)

  • RER Line B, station Luxembourg (10 minute-walk)


  • Lines 21 et 27, stop Berthollet-Vauquelin (1 minute-walk)

  • Line 47, stop Censier Daubenton (5 minute-walk)

  • 83, stop Port Royal – Berthollet (5 minute-walk)

  • 91, stop Port Royal – Berthollet (5 minute-walk)

Vélib’ (Paris City Bike)

The closest stations are located:

  • 13 rue Erasme, 75005 Paris

  • 8 rue Jean Calvin, 75005 Paris

  • 12 rue de l’épée de bois, 75005 Paris


TAXIS G7: +33 (0)1 41 27 66 99 (English operator number)

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