EnRRICH Work Packages

Work package 1:
Consortium Management

The EnRRICH project and the management work package will be coordinated by Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). VUB will coordinate the implementation of the work plan, monitor activities and organize and run administrative and financial issues.

Work package 2:
Identifying best practice, surveying needs and developing new course material in RRI

The objectives of this workpackage are to review background information (including Dublin Descriptors, RRI Tools project) relating to RRI (including RRI keys) in curricula across different academic disciplines and at Bachelor and Master level in higher education. To identify good practices that demonstrate the embedding of RRI, all partners should work with stakeholder groups and use this information to articulate student learning outcomes and competencies at Bachelor and Master levels which should contribute to the development of responsible and responsive graduates and act as a solid base for the rest of the project.

Work package 3:
Piloting RRI educational materials in higher education curricula

This workpackage aims at sharing information and repurposing and developing resources emerging from WP2 for trialling in particular Higher Education curricula. Teaching staff in higher education shall be supported and developed to integrate RRI methodologies in student programmes and modules and to sustain this practice. The partners will work collaboratively with civil society organisations, professional associations, social enterprise and national bodies to renew curricula and integrate the RRI keys. Existing or newly developed courses for piloting RRI methodologies across different levels will be selected, i.e. undergraduate and postgraduate – the case studies and teaching resources arising from these trials will be shared. Furthermore, opportunities to embed and sustain RRI methodologies and teaching practices shall be identified through building collaborations to share resources and practices, using targeted dissemination (via WP7) and leveraging institutional, regional, national, European and international policies (linked to WP5).

Work package 4:
Strengthening RRI in curricula through Science Shop work – good practice exchange and pilots

WP4 aims to support incorporation of RRI in higher education curricula through Science Shops and other similar community knowledge exchange mechanisms. Therefore, new Shops are started and mentored, already established ones are supported. WP4 members will exchange and pilot good Science Shop practices in curricula across different countries. Outcomes will be evaluated for all stakeholders, in order to test Science Shops as mechanisms to integrate RRI in curricula.

Work package 5:
Advance the uptake of RRI in academic curricula by utilising and developing the policy context at institutional, national and international levels to encourage this work

The overall aim of this work package is to stimulate dialogue on the development of policy at international, national and institutional levels to advance the uptake of responsible research and innovation in academic curricula. This will promote a policy context for academic institutions in Europe and elsewhere which promotes the uptake of course material relating to RRI in the curriculum.

Work package 6:
Evaluation: Learning, stakeholder accountability, approaches

WP6 is devoted to evaluation. Main tasks concern formative evaluation of WP3 and WP4 and a summative evaluation of the EnRRICH project. Formative evaluation aims at producing knowledge and sharing learning among EnRRICH participants and beyond about best ways and promising practices to embed RRI in the curriculum, as well as main bottlenecks and difficulties. This will be done by means of self evaluation of activities run within WP3 and WP4. By doing so, this task of WP6 is also expected to further develop on the issue of student competencies and learning outcomes identified in WP2. Summative evaluation is subcontracted to an independent evaluator that is expected to give EnRRICH partners feedback about the proper functioning of the project, as well as to ensure accountability to main stakeholders as to the project’s overall internal efficiency (processes) and external efficacy (results).

Work package 7:

WP7 amis at engaging stakeholders such as intermediaries, research bodies, the media, other networks, CSOs and policy makers in EnRRICH activities and results and involving them in the exchange on RRI curricula for use by HEIs. EnRRICH outcomes will be broadly disseminated, including educational resources for use by HEI and to support the incorporation into educational programmes. Furthermore, communication tools to support the internal network and project activities will be developed. The project will be linked with important European networks, associations and other projects to ensure that the project outcomes and educational materials will be widely disseminated among European and Associated Countries where these networks and associations are present.

Work package 8:
Conference on building RRI into curricula in Higher Education Institutions/Universities

The conference will bring together all those interested in effective approaches to embedding RRI into the curriculum. The conference will take place on 22-24 June in Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland (with pre-conference events on 20 and 21 June). The conference provides opportunities for interested HE staff, community partners, CSOs, policymakers, funders and students to learn about, share ideas on, and get involved in, piloting RRI tools in curricula, and developing or revising HE courses to support student learning on RRI processes and keys. We will share early learning from the EnRRICH project with international participants, exchanging ideas and fostering debate on RRI and Higher Education (HE).
Funders and policymakers from the EU and internationally will be invited, to share learning in relation to RRI, and to encourage them to build RRI into funding calls and structures, and into policy.