Graduate School

Responsible Research and Innovation Conference 2019

RRI - 720pxTuesday 22 October
East Midlands Conference Centre

This event is now fully booked.

Research and innovation has the potential to improve the daily life for millions of people around the world.  As researchers, we have a responsibility to ensure our research methods, governance and practise are not only ethically sound but also socially responsible. Institutions and individuals are increasingly being held to account by funding bodies, governments and the public to demonstrate that their own research is being conducted with consideration for the values, needs and expectations of society. In particular, research in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines can raise uncomfortable questions for society and the impact of the research may be unpredictable.

We invite all researchers from first year doctoral students, through to highly experienced academic colleagues in the Social Sciences and STEM disciplines to join us at this pioneering conference. It will help prepare you for the challenges you will encounter in conducting your research and explore the possible impact and implications arising from your own work that may otherwise remain uncovered.

This inaugural one-day conference forms a part of the University’s response to the EPSRC and the Horizon 2020 requirements for training in Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) for all funded researchers. The EPSRC’s framework, ‘AREA’, asks researchers to anticipate, reflect, engage with, and respond to a broader range of people with an interest in research and innovation. Researchers based within STEM and Social Science disciplines are strongly encouraged to attend.

This conference will help you to:

  • Consider how you can create research outputs that have societal value in an ethical and responsible way
  • Consider the ways in which science and society mutually shape each other
  • Engage in an institutional culture of research practice reflection and professionalism
  • Understand your own and others’ responsibilities within existing and more recent approaches to research governance
  • Reflect on how your research activities are aligned with the principles of Responsible Innovation
  • Recognise the different approaches that may be required for different research areas
  • Reconsider the purposes of, motivations for and potential implications of your own research
  • Prepare for the challenges that you may face with regard to your own research
  • Share your experiences and explore the possible impacts and implications arising from your own work that may otherwise remain uncovered


Keynote speakers include:

  • Professor Jane Calvert, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Steven Hill, Director of Research at Research England
  • Professor Richard Jones, University of Sheffield
  • Professor Pete Licence, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Phil Macnaghten, Wageningen University and Research
  • Dr Carmen McLeod, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Dimitris Papadopoulos, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff, University of Nottingham
  • Professor Sarah Sharples, University of Nottingham


The conference is organised by the Graduate School and Institute for Science and Society, School of Sociology and Social Policy.


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