Horizon 2020 RRI definition: “Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) implies that societal actors (researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations, etc.) work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society.
In practice, RRI is implemented as a package that includes multi-actor and public engagement in research and innovation, enabling easier access to scientific results, the take up of gender and ethics in the research and innovation content and process, and formal and informal science education.”
In our view, this is pretty much aligned with the Open Science goals and modus operandi.

Research Integrity, Open Science and Good Leadership’

Course content

  • Defining ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI) and ‘Good Scientific Practices’ (GSP)
  • Historic overview, context and relevance today – in the digital age
  • Guidelines, principles and resources on RRI, Open Science and GSP by national and international authorities
  • ‘Good Leadership’ in a research context
  • Real-life/lab case studies and examples


Roadmap with action items to bring the participants/research group/institute from status quo to RRI practices.

30 minWelcome, Introduction (+ ice breaker)
Workshop Outline
Session IWhy RRI is important
>> public funding, avoids repetition, leads to better results
Defining ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI) and ‘Good Scientific Practices’ (GSP)
Relevance for Neuroscience (or other disciplines)
How RRI translates into Open Science
Share groups tackling RRI issues
20 mincoffee/tea break
Session II Group work: debate the answers to questionnaires
Share what each group has concluded and find commonalities
60 min lunch
Session IIIFind out if others have the same problem or are working on issue
Discuss open science initiatives
Group work: identify measurable steps that can be implemented on the individual/departmental/ institute level
Discussion of the results and getting people to be contact points/leads for each solution
20 min coffee/tea
Session IVGood Leadership
What makes a good leader (input from participants) and real-life examples of good leadership practices.
Leaders as sparring partners (preparing for independent work)
Conclusion Wrap up and feedback round – ensuring knowledge transfer

References & reading suggestions