Technology Transfer and RRI: Connecting science with society

Technology transfer and RRI: Connecting science with society

Editorial Team RRI

Moving discoveries between domains is not easy. No matter how noble your cause, several problems can arise in real-life tech-transfer situations. At a workshop in at the University of Maryland Baltimore (UMB), STARBIOS2 members had the opportunity to share and gain new insights on the connection between successful technology transfer and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). During the workshop, STARBIOS2’s Vittorio Colizzi emphasized the value of fostering a culture of RRI in your institution and connecting science with society. Tech-transfer can be made easier by connecting research to the local community, making results open access, ensuring gender equality in the research process and content, using ethical procedures, and promoting science education. To do implement RRI in your institution, you need to understand and describe your institution’s context. Every bioscience institution is different, and the first step towards creating an action plan for responsible research and innovation is contextualization. Accepting that context is next, followed by formalising the goals you set out to achieve in this context. Identifying obstacles and mobilizing the action plan is next. Funders can be hesitant to support research that will not have an impact in their local community. Another obstacle is the lack of validated data that a translational core is able to provide (e.g. testing in small animal models). Public opinion can also hinder technology transfer, but persistence is key when delivering valuable technology to a resistant society. Technology transfer is an essential part of bioscience. Sorting out potential conflicts of interest early in the …

ABI's certificate for winning the award.

Agrobioinstitute awarded by Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Sciences

Editorial Team RRI

On March 25 2019, the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Sciences held an award ceremony to celebrate the Bulgarian organisations most successful in Horizon 2020. STARBIOS2 partner Agrobioinstitute (ABI) was awarded for being one of them. The STARBIOS2 consortium is proud to see ABI among the award winners, crossing our fingers for even more success coming their way. Keep up to date with STARBIOS2 news! Subscribe to our newsletter.

UNESCO workshop

STARBIOS2 & UNESCO: Towards a sustainable science

Editorial Team RRI

Science and society are connected. Without this connection, European research is at risk. In Paris, on March 19, the STARBIOS2 project hosts a workshop supported by UNESCO on the topic of sustainable science: “Towards a sustainable science. A Model of Responsible Research and Innovation in the Biosciences”. STARBIOS2 is looking to implement structural change geared towards responsible research and innovation in bioscience research institutions. UNESCO have been working for some time on the concept of “sustainability science” and guidelines for the higher education system. In joining forces, the March 19 workshop is an opportunity to discuss converging and highly relevant approaches and perspectives to strengthen the relationship between science, innovation and society. From general discussion about responsibility and sustainability in science and research to detailed discussions on the model for responsible research and innovation in the biosciences that STARBIOS2 is developing. We will be tweeting from the event. Follow along under #SustainableScienceRRI on Twitter. Sign up for STARBIOS2 news

New publication from STARBIOS2

A model for promoting Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

Editorial Team RRI

A recent publication in JMIR research protocols describes the progress of the responsible research and innovation (RRI) project STARBIOS2. The project aims to develop models for how to implement structural changes in bioscience research institutions, to allow them to move towards responsible biosciences. Six institutions participate by developing and implementing their own RRI action plans and the project is expected to have significant impact on their organisational processes and structures. The six STARBIOS2 partners implementing RRI action plans are working to change organisational structures for public engagement, gender, education, open access and ethics. During the course of the project, they will share what they have learned. Based on their experiences, the project will develop a model for bottom-up approaches to implementing RRI in different kinds of bioscience research institutions. By interpreting RRI and analysing the value of RRI to the field of bioscience, and in parallel assessing and promoting structural changes in partner institutions, STARBIOS2 will be able to provide tools for other bioscience institutions to do the same. The joint experiences from developing and implementing action plans will be put to the test by an additional three partners in Brazil, South Africa, and the US bringing valuable insights with their international perspective. The technical assistance team, monitoring and assessment team, and communications and dissemination team support the action plan implementation. “STARBIOS2 results could help researchers make discoveries and innovations in better alignment with societal values and needs” says one of the authors, Professor Vittorio Colizzi from the Department of …


STARBIOS2 at AAAS Annual Meeting 2019

Editorial Team RRI, STARBIOS2

Saturday, February 16th 2019, the STARBIOS2 session “Epigenetics in Infection, Diets and Environment: Responsible Research and Innovation” takes place at AAAS Annual Meeting 2019 in Washington DC.  Saturday, February 16, 2019 08:00 AM – 09:30 AM, Marriott Wardman Park – Washington 2 Synopsis The study of infections, nutrition, and the related epigenetic aspects are areas of the biosciences that cross scientific disciplines and concern diverse stakeholders. Relevant examples are recent viral epidemics that demonstrated the importance of DNA sequencing and big data analysis for molecular epidemiology and vaccine development, and issues related to nutrition that comprise environmental factors which affect health and that, under certain conditions, can even alter human gene expressions. Stakeholders are faced with raising public awareness of epidemics and vaccines, improving nutrition globally, and fostering open access to big data. The European Union has developed the Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) approach to address these challenges. The RRI encompasses public engagement, gender, open access, education, ethics, and governance. Understanding epigenetics in infections and nutrition requires RRI-related strategies to cross boundaries between disciplines and regions, as well as scientific and non-scientific communities. This session reports on projects from the European Union and Brazil which use the RRI approach to study recent viral epidemics and nutrition and provides indications of the various ways such an approach can be beneficial in these areas of research. Speakers Structural Change for RRI in Biosciences Research Institutions Claudia Colonnello, Laboratorio di Science della Cittadinanza , Rome, Italy RRI in Viral Infections and Nutrition …

Antonella Minutolo, Carla Montesano, Marina Potesta

Science Education: Opening doors to the future

Editorial Team RRI

Scientific discoveries and the scientific world must be available to everyone. And research should be performed with the public’s best interest in mind. STARBIOS2 aims to connect universities to with their local districts, to make science available to society. Engaging with your local community is a way to address the needs and demands of society, and to educate and inform the public of research findings. Engaging with and spreading scientific knowledge to your local community is an important part of the responsible research and innovation approach. It can increase the public’s trust in science and encourage young people to consider a career in research. The STARBIOS2 team at the University of Rome, Tor Vergata set out to engage with their local community at the European Night of the Researcher in Rome, an event organised to increase children and teenagers’ interest in science. And an opportunity to promote “Quality Education” and “Good Health”, in alignment with UNESCO’s goals for sustainable development. A team of students at Tor Vergata developed brochures on personal hygiene and sexually transmitted diseases, for children and teenagers respectively. Creating a link between research findings and societal benefits to increase their interest in science education. With the benefit of raising awareness of infectious diseases and the importance of prevention. The brochures also provided information on the local structures that deal with these problems. “Engaging with your local community is important. It also establishes the universities position as a trustworthy source of information. Getting local children and teenagers interested …

happy holidays

Season’s Greetings from the STARBIOS2 consortium!

Editorial Team RRI

Season’s Greetings from the STARBIOS2 consortium! And best wishes for 2019. We look forward to the coming year and our continued work towards responsible biosciences. Learn more by signing up to our newsletter

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