Introduction and training on the model and guidelines developed based on lessons learned from the STARBIOS2 Project

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The STARBIOS2 project has developed a model for how to promote the practice of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in bioscience research institutions. We have published a guideline document based on lessons learned. We now offer an introductory training on RRI in the biosciences and how to achieve structural change. We welcome you to two webinars with the practical experience of organisations that have implemented RRI action plans in focus. The guideline document is available for download. For those of you who prefer interaction, we have developed training on our model. We offer two webinars on two separate occasions. Each of the webinars will last about one hour and includes both presentations and time for discussion. In the first webinar, we present the STARBIOS2 project, what we did and why. We offer an outline of the model for RRI action that we developed based on the experiences form STARBIOS2 partners. We also share with you how bioscience research organisations outside Europe are practicing RRI, and how they have used the STARBIOS2 model. In the second webinar, we present the process of structural change towards RRI. Here, you will learn what kinds of RRI action has been carried out by European STARBOIS2 partners. More information and registration What is RRI and the challenges of its practice in the Biosciences Presentations prepared by: Andrea Declich, University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy) Maria Salvato, University of Maryland (USA) Mariet Wium, ICGEB (South Africa) Doris Elster, Julia Birkholz University of Bremen (Germany) 20 January, …

STARBIOS2 final event

STARBIOS2 final event: Save the date 27-28 April 2020

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The STARBIOS2 consortium will present results at a final event organised in collaboration with the European Association of Development Agencies (EURADA), at their offices on 24 Rue Montoyer, Brussels on 27-28 April 2020. The meeting starts after lunch on 27 April, and before lunch on 28 April. What are the conditions for responsible research and innovation (RRI) in different research fields and geographical contexts? Join us in Brussels 27-28 April 2020 to discuss current changes in science as a whole and the social phenomena that challenge science. Science and society relations are changing. At the STARBIOS2 final event in Brussels, we present the main results from STARBIOS2: our model and guideline for implementing RRI in bioscience research organisations. Launching indications for European policies and networking about the governance of science/society relations in different research fields and geographical contexts. Want to join us? Register here!

Science: with and for society

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How does science communicate results to society? What strategies can recover the distance between science and civil society and at the same time guarantee adequate scientific information? Today, Responsible bioscience, a new association born at University of Rome “Tor Vergata” during the STARBIOS2 project, organises a public conference on the topic of disseminating science locally. This text was originally published on the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” website (in Italian). On December 18, university professors and researchers at University of Rome “Tor Vergata” meet with operators of the local social services and public entities, parent-school associations, medical specialists in childhood and adolescence, school teachers, and other stakeholders, to discuss responsible dissemination of science. The conference will raise issues that are in the public debate, like prevention of infectious diseases (including sexually transmitted diseases), vaccines, and various forms of substance dependence. The event is organised by the Laboratory of Ethnographic Practices (LaPe) at the Department of Cultural Heritage and Training History and Society at the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” and by the Responsible in Bioscience Association, Department of Biology, at the same university. The initiative is a collaboration with STARBIOS2. The Frascati Scienza, G.eco, Grande come una città, Scienza Insieme, and ScienzaPop associations will also be taking part in the event. They are all committed to creating opportunities for citizens and institutions to meet and discuss topics related to science. And they are active promoters of scientific dissemination, for example through workshops for children and young people. Speakers include, among …

STARBIOS2 Guideline & Model

STARBIOS2 guideline on RRI implementation in bioscience organisations

Editorial Team RRI

The STARBIOS2 project has developed a model and guideline aiming to promote the practice of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in bioscience research organisations. The model was developed through an iterative process: Six European institutions in the bioscience sector have designed and implemented action plans to achieve RRI structural change in their own organisations. The implementation was part of a learning process, where the action plans generated new practical knowledge, that was fed back to amplify the structural change. Through his iterative learning process, STARBIOS2 partners have developed a model that we are now able to share with anyone who is interested in promoting responsible biosciences! The guideline document represents one of the outputs of the STARBIOS2 project. The model builds on work carried out by the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Italy) that coordinated the work, Oxford University (United Kingdom), Agrobioinstitute (Bulgaria), University of Primorska (Slovenia), University of Gdansk (Poland), and University of Bremen (Germany). The teams received technical assistance from The Laboratory of Citizenship Science (Italy) Aarhus University (Denmark), Uppsala University (Sweden). The development of our model also included exchanges with experts outside the consortium, analysis of literature and documentation on similar experiences. The project is now in its final phase, where six non-European partners will use the learnings so far to implement action plans for structural change: Funcacao Oswaldo Cruz in Brazil, the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in South Africa, and the University System of Maryland, in the United States of America. STARBIOS2 …

STARBIOS2 in Brazil

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Today, 4 November 2020, our STARBIOS2 colleagues in Brazil host the event “Transformações Estruturais para uma Pesquisa Responsável e com Inovação”, which roughly translates to Structural Transformations for Responsible and Innovative Research. At the FIOCRUZ event in Rio de Janeiro, participants will discuss the concept of responsible research and innovation with a new approach to reinforcing the connection between science and society. Focusing on gender equality and societal engagement from a Brazilian perspective. With lessons learned from the STARBIOS2 project, presented by Claudia Colonnello.

Elena Buzan in the University of Primorska TV interview

Open Science > Open Access to scientific publications

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University of Primorska’s TV crew interviewed STARBIOS2’s Elena Buzan, Carla Montesano and Vittorio Colizzi in connection with the STARBIOS2 steering committee meeting in Portoroz, Slovenia. This is what they had to say. This content was first published on the University of Primorska website (in Slovenian). Open science is not only open access to scientific literature, but includes open access to data, methodology, reviews and to educational resources. In the past two decades, the biosciences has advanced and produced discoveries like that have significantly improved our quality of life. But with rapid developments comes public concern. STARBIOS2 is looking to bridge this gap between science and society. To ensure appropriate and ethical societal advancement, well-trained scientists and open science are essential parts to the process. Elena Buzan In the interview, Elena Buzan describes that we are witnessing remarkable development of biological sciences, which is on one hand inspiring, and on the other concerning, as we know that new technologies always pose a certain risk. She continues to say that this enlarges the need for a new generation of scientists and a new responsible approach to open science. This approach involves different stakeholders and, above all, society in research development and decision-making processes. We are developing gene therapies to treat genetic diseases. We are creating and modifying new bacteria and microorganisms to clean environmental pollution. And we are developing different approaches in biology to solve energy problems. These new scientific findings are of utmost importance for the well-being and development of society. …

Connecting science with society at ETHAC2019

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Science is connected to society. Without this connection, European research is at risk. Last week, STARBIOS2 coordinator Carla Montesano was at ETHAC2019 alongside our monitor and evaluator Evanthia K. Schmidt talking about how to respond to this challenge. We need to respond! We need to move our research focus and practice from a single living being, to including that being’s environment and the connections between the two. Carla Montesano, STARBIOS2 coordinator Focus is shifting from the study of a single element towards the study of living being biology in relation to the dynamic environment: the study of the Exposome. The same goes for laboratories. We are moving from small, linear organisations to larger, more dynamic organisations. Now, there is demand for contextualizing bioscience, and focusing on the contribution of various stakeholders into both research and policy practice.  “We need to respond! We need to move our research focus and practice from a single living being, to including that being’s environment and the connections between the two. The same goes for our research practices. We cannot operate on small isolated islands anymore. We need Open Science, because we need wider networks that shares ideas, knowledge and resources”, Carla Montesano says. Only an hour left! ⏱ Make sure you catch the @STARBIOS2 session at #ETHAC2019! Learn more about our project and #RRI in #bioscience at https://t.co/cLkuCMuRWE https://t.co/drxLsaYCAc — STARBIOS2 (@STARBIOS2) October 1, 2019

STARBIOS2 members at ScanBalt Forum

STARBIOS2 at ScanBalt Forum

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Last week, STARBIOS2 members were busy at ScanBalt Forum, and this years theme was “Molecular Biology and Immunology of Cancer – R&D perspectives”. Hosted in Gdansk, Poland, partners from University of Gdansk were of course present. But so were consortium members from Italy, from University of Tor Vergata and from Laboratory of Citizen Science. ”Science & society are in a complex transition. Structures, norms, values, and practices are changing. This is affecting bioscience. Under what conditions can RRI be an effective reaction?” Claudia Colonello Claudia Colonello gave a talk titled “Structural Change to Attain Responsible Biosceinces: the experience of the STARBIOS2 project” where she described the complex transition facing the biosciences today. In her presentation, Claudia raised an important question: ”Science & society are in a complex transition. Structures, norms, values, and practices are changing. This is affecting bioscience. Under what conditions can #RRI be an effective reaction?” STARBIOS2 at ScanBalt Forum 2019

STARBIOS2 Steering Committee Meeting in Slovenia

Sustainability of structural change at STARBIOS2 meeting in Slovenia

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12-13 September 2019, the STARBIOS2 consortium met in Portoroz, Slovenia to discuss how to sustain the structural changes made in during the project. And to figure out how to disseminate and communicate about the guidelines for maximum impact, so that other bioscience research institutions can learn from our experiences. Curious? Have a look at some of the highlights below. STARBIOS2 Steering Committee Meeting in Slovenia

Preparing to deliver results

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On September 12-13, the STARBIOS2 consortium steering committee will meet in Slovenia to discuss the guidelines, action plans and how we can make sure our results are shared with both the RRI and bioscience communities. The agenda covers updates on the first six action plans from all implementing partners, and the following three action plans that will be carried out by our partners from Brazil, South Africa and the US. We will discuss how to ensure the project has impact on bioscience research organisations in Europe and elsewhere, plan our final events in Cape Town and Brussels next year. Followed by what, where and how to publish our results to ensure our outputs are available for the scientific community. Follow our discussions on Twitter #STARBIOS2scm.