Facilitating Reflection on Responsible Research and Innovation

Train the trainers
HEI Staff
Between 20H and 50H

In this workshop, participants will envision possible futures connected to R&I developments. They will reflect on strategies and ways how to steer these developments and their possible wider societal and environmental impacts using concepts of RRI. Then, the course will especially focus on how to integrate such reflection on issues of RRI into higher education teaching and training. Together in groups participants will develop different approaches and designs for teaching RRI to various higher education audiences.


In-service training; not part of a study programme.

ECTS credits

No ECTS credits awarded. Workload of approximately 25 to 30 hours.

Year of study:

Not part of a study programme

Learning outcomes (LO)

On completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. apply concepts of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) to discuss the societal implications of research and innovation (R&I) developments;
  2. and to outline how to promote reflection on RRI and related issues in higher education settings.
Assessment methods and criteria

In-service training; no assessment envisaged.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Experience in or knowledge about higher education teaching.

Mode of delivery

This is a full-day workshop combining an input lecture by the course instructor with in-class group work using a case example, presentations, and plenary discussions.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

First, participants will reflect and discuss an R&I case example presented by the course instructor in small working groups. In this exercise, they will deliberate on what constitutes a “responsible” progress of an R&I development and identify different perspectives on the case example. In plenary presentations and subsequent discussions they will exchange their findings with their colleagues. Second, concepts of RRI are introduced and the participants will have to re-visit their findings and further deliberate on them by referring to these concepts. Third, participants will have to develop approaches and concepts how to teach RRI in their higher education context. By doing so, they should draw on their own teaching experiences and try to link these with the concepts of RRI.