11/03/2016

PRESS RELEASE: LAUNCH OF THE RESPONSIBLE RESEARCH AND INNOVATION (RRI) TOOLKIT: A WEALTH OF RESOURCES

Brussels, 11 March 2016 Our societies face many global challenges such as climate change, health, pollution, resources depletion. Science can contribute to solving them. With that aim in mind, the European Commission recently pushed forward the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) to foster and facilitate research and innovation in an inclusive, societally-oriented way.

<p>In this context, the EC-funded RRI Tools project has gathered a wealth of online resources from all over Europe and developed new ones &ndash; the RRI Toolkit &ndash; to help stakeholders (researchers, policy-makers, business and industry, educators and civil society organizations) across Europe put Responsible Research and Innovation into practice.&nbsp;</p>
<div><strong>What is the RRI Toolkit for?</strong></div>
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<p>The RRI Toolkit aims to encourage the uptake of research and innovation processes better answering the needs and expectations of society. The RRI Toolkit is designed for individuals as well as institutions involved in research, policy-making, business and industry, education, or civil society organizations. It also addresses topics such as open access, gender in science, ethics, science education, governance, public engagement. It is available at <a href="http://www.rri-tools.eu" target="_blank">http://www.rri-tools.eu</a>.</p>
<p><em>Please take into account that this is a beta version of the RRI Toolkit. The complete version will be available in July 2016.</em></p>
<p><strong>What is in the RRI Toolkit?&nbsp;</strong></p>
<p>As of 7 March, the RRI Toolkit contains 356 resources that will help to design and bring projects to life, and to train on Responsible Research and Innovation. These resources include:</p>
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    <li>inspiring practices;</li>
    <li>manuals, guidelines, how-tos, catalogues and online databases of resources;</li>
    <li>background documents including presentations, reports, cross-analysis and pan-European surveys;</li>
    <li>other European projects that developed RRI resources; and</li>
    <li>a self-reflection tool on RRI for users to assess their professional practice.</li>
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<p>As a complement to these resources, videos and presentations introduce the concept, scope and main aspects of Responsible Research and Innovation to newcomers.</p>
<p><strong>The RRI Toolkit is an interactive resource for the community</strong></p>
<p>The RRI Toolkit is a dynamic resource open to a growing European Community of Practice. By joining this community, users will be able to participate in discussion fora and get support from other practitioners. They will also be able to contribute to the further development of the Toolkit by uploading their own tools and resources: <a href="http://www.rri-tools.eu/registration" target="_blank">www.rri-tools.eu/registration</a>.</p>
<p><strong>To keep informed</strong></p>
<p>To stay up-to-date with the RRI Toolkit, please register to the RRI Tools newsletter: <a href="http:// http://www.rri-tools.eu/register" target="_blank">http://www.rri-tools.eu/register</a>.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Get in contact with your local RRI Hub to know more about the RRI Tools activities in your country: <a href="http://www.rri-tools.eu/who-we-are" target="_blank">http://www.rri-tools.eu/who-we-are</a></p>
<p><strong>About the RRI Tools project</strong></p>
<p><a href="http://www.rri-tools.eu/" target="_blank">RRI Tools</a> is a project funded for three years (2014-2016) by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme (FP7). The objective of RRI Tools is to deliver a participatory set of digital resources - &lsquo;the RRI Toolkit&rsquo; - to advocate, train, disseminate and implement RRI. Collaborating with all stakeholders, the project ultimately aims at creating a Community of Practice in Europe, which will ensure the use, evolution and enrichment of the Toolkit. RRI Tools is being carried out by a consortium of 26 partners extending across 30 countries of the European Research Area, and is coordinated by &quot;La Caixa&quot; Foundation (Spain).&nbsp;</p>
<p>For more information visit the RRI Tools project website: <a href="http://www.rri-tools.eu" target="_blank">www.rri-tools.eu</a></p>
<p><strong>Follow RRI Tools</strong></p>
<p>&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/RRI.Tools.Project" target="_blank">Facebook</a> / <a href="https://twitter.com/RRITools" target="_blank">Twitter</a> / <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8111498/profile" target="_blank">LinkedIn</a></p>
<p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.6em;">About European Schoolnet</span></strong></p>
<p>European Schoolnet (<a href="http://www.europeanschoolnet.org">www.europeanschoolnet.org</a>) is the network of 30 European Ministries of Education, based in Brussels. As a not-for-profit organisation, we aim to bring innovation in teaching and learning to our key stakeholders: Ministries of Education, schools, teachers, researchers, and industry partners.</p>
<p><strong>For further information, please contact:</strong></p>
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    <li>Christel Vacelet</li>
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<p><em>Senior Communications Manager, European Schoolnet</em></p>
<p>0032 (0) 2 790 75 60, <a href="http://christel.vacelet@eun.org">christel.vacelet@eun.org</a></p>
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