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Responsible research and innovation, Spring 2019, Aarhus



Name of course:
Responsible research and innovation

ECTS credits:
1 (1 extra ECST awarded for an additional assignment)

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Semester/quarter: Spring 2019
Hours per week: Two consecutive full course days in May (dates to be announced).
Capacity limits:  Minimum 10 and maximum 20 participants

Objectives of the course:

  • Introduce junior researchers to responsible research and innovation (RRI)
  • Enable junior researchers to reflect on their own research practices in relation to RRI as well as identifying possibilities to make their own and other junior researchers’ PhD projects more in line with such principles

Learning outcomes and competences:
Upon completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  • Describe the main ideas/concepts of RRI
  • Apply the main ideas/concepts of RRI to identify possible ways to make concrete research and innovation processes more responsible
  • Analyze, present and discuss the implications of RRI for her/his own research

Compulsory program:
Active participation incl. one poster presentation and one final written assignment on set question (5 pages, excl. literature list)

Course contents:
This course will introduce PhD students to different concepts of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) through selected literature. On the first day of the course, students will discuss several concepts of RRI in groups and then apply them to concrete case studies using RRI ideas/concepts/tools. Furthermore, participants will introduce their own PhD research projects or first project ideas to each other, and identify and discuss possibilities to incorporate ideas of RRI. On the second day, students will present their work in a public science café event at the Steno museum.

PhD student + participation in the GSST Introduction day.

Name of lecturer(s):
Kristian H. Nielsen + invited speakers

Type of course/teaching methods:
Mixture of lectures, seminars, student presentations and group work


  • Angelaki, M. (2016). An Introduction to Responsible Research and Innovation. PASTEUR4OA (Open Access Policy Alignment Strategies for European Union Research). http://dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.51870
  • Burget, M., Bardone, E., & Pedaste, M. (2017). Definitions and Conceptual Dimensions of Responsible Research and Innovation: A Literature Review. Science and Engineering Ethics, 23(1), 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11948-016-9782-1  
  • Iatridis, K., & Schroeder, D. (2016). The Basics of Responsible Research and Innovation. In Responsible Research and Innovation in Industry. The Case for Corporate Responsibility Tools (pp. 5–30). Heidelberg/New York, NY/Dordrecht/London: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-21693-5_2
  • Stilgoe, J., Owen, R., & Macnaghten, P. (2013). Developing a framework for responsible innovation. Research Policy, 42(9), 1568–1580. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.respol.2013.05.008
  • Taebi, B., Correljé, A., Cuppen, E., Dignum, M., & Pesch, U. (2014). Responsible innovation as an endorsement of public values: the need for interdisciplinary research. Journal of Responsible Innovation, 1(1), 118–124. https://doi.org/10.1080/23299460.2014.882072

Course homepage:

Course assessment:
Passed/not passed, based on active participation and final written assignment (max. 5 pages). One extra ECTS can be obtained by writing an additional individual paper (app. 10 pages) that draws on additional literature.

Centre for Science Studies, Department of Mathematics


  • Tuesday, 28 May 2019
  • Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Aarhus University

No show fee:
Please note that a no-show fee is introduced at GSST’s transferable skills courses for course participants who do not show up at the course or cancel their course participation after the course registration deadline – unless they can provide a Doctor’s note. The no-show fee will be DKK 1,200 (the price of one ECTS). The no-show fee is introduced because GSST has experienced many late cancellations, thus preventing people from the waiting lists to have a seat at the courses.

Deadline for registration is April. Information regarding admission will be sent out no later than two days after deadline for registration.

Due to an Agreement between Danish Universities coming into force as of 1 January 2011, participants from other universities than Aarhus University will have to pay DKK 1,200 per ECTS. In principle this also applies to external parties, but exemption can be granted under specific circumstances.

Registration for participants from Aarhus University: https://auws.au.dk/default.aspx?id=37719

Registration for participants from other universities: https://auws.au.dk/default.aspx?id=37442

Please note that seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.


If you have any questions, please contact PhD Partner Karen Konradi, GSST (konradi@au.dk).

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