STARBIOS2 Open Access workshop

Open Access: Benefits and challenges for the scientific community

Editorial Team Open Access, RRI

What are the benefits and challenges of implementing open access as part of responsible research and innovation initiatives?  The H2020 projects STARBIOS2 and InnoRenew CoE shed light on what Open Access means to the scientific community during their joint event November 16th 2018. Advocated by the European Research Commission, open access is part of the movement towards more responsible research and innovation. Using repositories, policies and recommendations for researchers to enable open access publication is increasingly common. The workshop included a lecture on Slovenia’s National strategy of Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Slovenia, followed by an introduction to Open Access for researchers. The University of Primorska also presented their Open Access initiatives. Managing open data on Open Access platform is an area of interest to many in the research community. How you keep your commitment to a publisher whilst still protecting the responsible research and innovation principle of open access? InnoRenew CoE contributed valuable insight into the subject during the workshop. STARBIOS2 partner University of Primorska’s Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies, co-host of the workshop would like to thank the speakers for their contributions to a successful workshop: dr. Klavdija Kutnar, dean of UP FAMNIT Petra Tramte – Ministry for Science, Education and Sport; NPR for Open Access and official delegate and NPR for Horizon 2020. Mojca Kotar, Assistant Secretary General of the University of Ljubljana in the University Office of Library Services. OpenAIRE National Open Access Desk for Slovenia. Viljem Leban- director …

STARBIOS2 in Platinum

Research that meets the needs of society – STARBIOS2 in Platinum

Editorial Team RRI

STARBIOS2 featured in the July 2018 issue of Platinum. The article is now available in both English and Italian. Take your pick! You will find STARBIOS2 on page 113. Read more in English: A research that meets the needs of society: The EU encourages the adoption of the RRI principles Read more in Italian: Una ricerca in linea con i bisogni della società: L’EU punta a diffondere i principi dell’RRI  

STARBIOS2 perspectives on NUCLEUS conference

Editorial Team RRI

Andrea Declich represented STARBIOS2 at the fourth annual conference of the NUCLEUS project: “Living RRI: opening research to the needs and values of society”. Sessions and discussions drew from speakers and participants’ own experiences of responsible research and innovation (RRI) promotion, in and outside Europe. In this blog post, Andrea Declich shares his perspective.  The “Living RRI” discussions covered several issues currently debated in the RRI community. For example, conference participants raised the issue of jargon. Although RRI may be especially relevant to academia, some of the vocabulary makes little sense to other stakeholders (e.g. industry) and is not helpful for their engagement in RRI promotion. Avoiding jargon is an important step towards promoting RRI outside the world of academia and the already established RRI community. An issue of debate is that many research institutions implement activities without realising they are actually implementing RRI. This connects to another issue also debated in Malta: the use of a standardised approach for RRI implementation. This had little support among conference participants. They considered a tailored approach that takes into account the organisations’ own needs and circumstances essential for successful implementation. With involvement of internal stakeholders, and exchange between them, the likelihood of success is much higher. When implementing structural changes, it is vital to consider the culture of the organisation. For research organisations, the practice of RRI is an approach to produce excellent science. Individual researchers using such approaches should be rewarded. But how? Some interesting discussions arose about incentives for RRI …

STARBIOS2 workshop on RRI in Africa

Editorial Team RRI

Is there a place for responsible research and innovation in African research institutions? With STARBIOS2 experiences in mind, the team at University of Rome Tor Vergata organised the workshop “RRI in Africa: Challenges and perspectives” to find out. To achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Developmental Goals, we need responsible research and innovation (RRI). But how do we implement RRI in African bioscience research institutions? At the RRI in Africa workshop, STARBIOS2 gained insights from the experiences of STARBIOS2 members, research and innovation collaboration projects between Italy and Africa, and African students. Among the around 80 participants were professors and PhD students in Europe and Africa, STARBIOS2 members, rectors of the Somali National University and Evangelic University of Cameroon, representatives of Italian universities (Camerino, Modena, Rome La Sapienza, Rome Tor Vergata, Padua, Parma, Pavia and others) and research institutions (CNR), and UNESCO. Focusing on RRI implementation in biosciences, some topics of discussion were the RRI approach, the specificity of RRI in Africa, experiences from higher education in Cameroon and Italy, student mobility, and scientific projects of Africa PhD students enrolled in Italian universities. The discussions resulted in some theories on how to best develop a plan for RRI implementation in African research institutions, and the conclusion that there may be a need to re-think the European strategy for RRI in the African context. Daniele Mezzana

Congress BIO2018

STARBIOS2 satellite session at BIO2018 congress 18-21 September 2018

Editorial Team RRI

The 3rd Congress of Polish Biosciences “BIO2018 – Through interdisciplinary approach into new solutions” will be held at the Oliwa Campus of University of Gdańsk, Poland. This is also the 51st Meeting of the Polish Biochemical Society. The event takes the form of a joint congress and provides a forum for a wide range of researchers from all fields of bioscience. Apart from regular plenary and poster sessions, this is also the venue for an additional satellite session on women in science and responsible research and innovation organised with the help of STARBIOS2. On 20th September 2018 the session “Medical biotechnology in regenerative medicine and drug research” coorganised by the STARBIOS UG team will be led by the speakers: Dr. Agnieszka Łoboda, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland, Prof. Robert Passier, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands, Prof. Józef Dulak, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland, Prof. Graziella Pellegrini, University of Modena, Modena, Italy. Another satellite session on “Women in Science” will be chaired by prof. Prof. Agnieszka Chacińska from the Centre of New Technologies University of Warsaw, Poland, with an introduction from Annie Black Deputy Executive Director L’Oréal Corporate Foundation, France. http://bio2018.ptbioch.edu.pl/ Medical biotechnology in regenerative medicine and drug research Session 11 part I Dr. Agnieszka Łoboda, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland Prof. Robert Passier, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands Session 11 part II Prof. Józef Dulak, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland Prof. Graziella Pellegrini, University of Modena, Modena, Italy

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STARBIOS2 Education UG

Education in Biosciences, experience of the University of Gdansk, Poland

Olga Education, RRI

How do you understand Education in biosciences research? Education is a vital aspect of the Responsible Research and Innovation concept. In order to build responsible relations with the society, there is a need for a certain level of science literacy in the society. On the one hand the scientists need to be aware of the need of communicating with other members of society, on the other hand the society needs educational interventions in order to be able to receive the information from scientists. What are the current standards and actions to achieve better Education on biosciences in your country and in your University? In Poland there are numerous initiatives to popularize science among society, e.g. science picnics, science festivals, open days in research institutions. Also some media such as TV, newspapers or radio broadcasts focus on familiarizing the society with the new discoveries of science. At University we organise special events such as debates on GMO, Biologists Night, Baltic Science Festival and other in order to broaden knowledge on biotechnology. Also special seminars and lectures on current problems in science are organised regularly. What are you aiming for with the implementation of the STARBIOS2 actions towards better Education standards for your institute? Our goal is to raise awareness about the issues covered by the RRI concept among stakeholders in Poland. An awareness raising campaign will be promoted locally at the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG & MUG, at the University of Gdańsk and beyond and will be dedicated to specific …

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Ethics and Research, experience of University of Primorska

Olga Ethics, RRI

How do you understand Ethics in biosciences research? Working at the Department of Biodiversity, I am aware about differences in opinions regarding the human relationship toward the rest of the natural world.  Conservation biologists agree that biodiversity is valuable and that the extinction of species, caused by human activities, should be decreased and avoided. However, justifications for these principles vary, ranging from arguments that emphasize the instrumental value of other species for humans to ethical theories that assert that wild life has intrinsic value. The debate on environmental ethics is focused on developing universal theories why humans should protect their natural environment. What we are facing in our research and working with students is the challenge to find a solid rational justification for why nature should be protected. What are the current standards and actions to achieve better Ethics in your University and in your country? In the case of animal and human subjects’ research, all research conducted on Faculty of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Information Technologies must be approved by National Medical Ethics Committee or by National Ethics commission for animal experiments. All field work with animal has to be approved by Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning. What are you aiming for with the implementation of the STARBIOS2 actions towards better Ethics standards for your institute? In relation to Ethics, our strategy is to raise awareness and evaluate the procedures for planning and including research ethical issues in researchers’ work via developing Code of conduct for conservation biology …

Open Access Biosciences STARBIOS2

Open Access in Biosciences seen by the University of Bremen, Germany

Olga Open Access, RRI

How do you understand Open Access in biosciences research?  Besides scientific publications of research results, the free access to databases for sequences of bio molecules like DNA, RNA and proteins is crucial for the field of biosciences. Whereas the access to most genomic databases is already free, the Open Access to research publications is still on the way. “If I saw further than other men it was because I was standing on the shoulders of giants.” This quotation from Isaac Newton shows that research is always based on the results of previous research. The access to scientific publications is a prerequisite for any research activity. Open Access provides the free and unrestricted access to scientific publications via the internet. This is not just a benefit for the research community itself, but also for the society as a whole: every interested person has access to scientific research results. What are the current standards and actions to achieve better Open Access in your University and in your country? The “Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities” from 2003 is one important milestone in establishing Open Access in the German science system. All big science institutions in Germany – e. g. Max Planck Society, Helmholtz-Association and German Research Foundation– are among the first who signed in the declaration. Up to date more than 550 German and international institutions have signed in and admit to support and foster Open Access. The University of Bremen sets up an Open Access …