Study program

Science meets practice during hands-on workshops and lectures. Each day of the training builds on one of the core dimensions of RRI. 

Wednesday 14 December

13.30 Lecture: dealing  with uncertainty in research and innovation (Prof Dr Ibo van de Poel)

Uncertainties are an essential part of any research and innovation process. A researcher might wonder what scientific discoveries they will make and what society will think of their discovery. In this session, Prof Dr Ibo van de Poel argues that any scientific or innovation process is like a social experiment, whereby uncertain futures should not only be anticipated, but also accepted. Van de Poel will close with a demonstration of how research and innovation process can be designed such that they accept and account for uncertainty. 

13.30 Workshop: mapping the field – identifying relevant issues & stakeholders in your project  (Dr Frank Kupper) 90’

During two session on inclusive deliberation, participants will identify the relevant stakeholders in their project and learn about ways to engage them constructively. The central question in this first session is: what is the social impact of your research and who has something to say about that? Participants will identify relevant stakeholders in a step-by-step manner, by mapping the social issues, values and aims at play in their project.

Thursday 15 December

9.00 Workshop: stakeholder engagement (Dr Frank Kupper) 90’

During two session on inclusive deliberation, participants will identify the relevant stakeholders in their project and learn about ways to engage them constructively. The central question during this second sessions is: what would happen if you would open up your research to alternative perspectives? Participants learn about ways to engage relevant stakeholders constructively and are encouraged to reflect on what this could mean for their research project.

11.00 Workshop: a researcher’s guide to the future - scenarios as a tool for reflection and anticipation (Wieke Betten) 90’

In this workshop we will learn how the construction of future scenarios can be a meaningful tool in enhancing reflection and anticipation among those working with new and emerging technologies. During the past three years we have worked with this approach in a collaboration with the iGEM competition, a large international student competition in the field of synthetic biology. In this workshop we will share results from this collaboration, discuss the roles and functions of (writing) future scenarios and together experiment with this approach to see how we can use it on all kinds of settings.

13.30 Workshop: frame reflection lab – learn to reflect on your own beliefs as well as those of others 90’

During this session, participants playfully reflect on various societal perspectives on technological development in a blended learning environment. As a result, participants acquire frame reflection - awareness of one's own perspective in relation to that of others.

15.30 Workshop: an introduction to the RRI toolkit – how to find and apply RRI tools suitable to your research project (Dr Rosina Malagrida & Dr Pim Klaassen) 90’

This session will start with an introduction to the different sorts of resources available on RRI Tools ( and will follow with a workshop where participants will explore different methodologies to apply along the different phases of the R&I value chain such as: research agenda setting, citizen science, community based participatory research, future scenario development, creation of community advisory boards, technology assessment, etc.

Friday 16 December

9.00 Workshop: how to fail with flair – acquiring the courage to fail and deal with uncertainty (Remko van der Drift) 90’

In this dynamic and humoristic workshop you’ll acquire the courage to make mistakes. In many ways Responsible Research and Innovation demands that researchers let go of her predetermined objectives and judgments. Essentially, RRI demands researchers to open their minds and let go of their fear of failing. In this workshop you’ll acquire the courage to make mistakes; the courage to take on a mindset aimed at learning and development. What mistakes do you dare to make? For what are you willing to fail? Exercises are based on improvisational theatre and theatre sports.

11.30 Workshop & preparation for homework assignment: practicing RRI through collaborative learning (Dr Daan Schuurbiers) 90’

In this session, participants will engage in a structured dialogue on how to realise RRI in their own work and environment. They will collaboratively explore opportunities and challenges for strengthening anticipation, reflection, deliberation and responsiveness in their research practice.

14.30 Workshop & course evaluation: Self-evaluation of core competences for RRI (Dr Rosina Malagrida) 60’

This workshop will invite participants to reflect on the competences they already have and on the ones they still need to develop to be able to participate in RRI processes. They will also evaluate the course and contribute with ideas for future courses.

After the course

Homework assignment: RRI in practice (supervised by Dr Daan Schuurbiers)

After the course, participants are encouraged to put RRI theory and methods in practice by means of a homework assignment. Each participants designs one ‘research step’, one way in which they could make their own research more RRI. Each participant writes a reflection document, to be handed in 6 weeks after the course. How did this course & this homework assignment change the way you do research? How did it change the way you think about research in general and your research in particular?