PCST Network

Public Communication of Science and Technology


Mainstreaming Responsible Research and Innovation in Science Education

Matteo Merzagora  

Responsible research and Innovation is "an inclusive approach to research and innovation, to ensure that societal actors work together during the whole research and innovation process". The so called "RRI keys" defined in the EC H2020 programme reflect in fact many of the preoccupations raised by the PCST community since several years now. However, in order for keywords such as "ethics", "engagement", "gender equality", "open access" to become fully intertwined with the concept of science itself for citizens at large, the role of school cannot be neglected. Formal and informal education plays a crucial role to mainstream these approaches in the scientific and social practices. This is why several recent projects put efforts in developing the links between RRI and Science Education. ENGAGE is an EC funded project about about equipping the next generation to participate in scientific issues to change how science is taught. It develops a comprehensive online and f2f scheme for equipping secondary school teachers to embed ethical issues, science in the media, societal impact of research, participation of active scientist in school progrms, etc. in their practices. A crucial goal of this projet is thus mainstreaming RRI in science education. In this framework, a specific seminar was organised in collaboration with ESPCI PAristech - PSL in 2014, and gave rise to a comparative analysis among several EC funded projects about several key questions concerning RRI in science education. I will present an overview of the key findings, and discuss the main obstacles that make RRI approaches somehow hard to embed in the science education system.

A copy of the full paper has not yet been submitted.