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Integrating the concept of “Responsible Research and Innovation” (RRI) into university careers in science and technology, so that research and innovation meets societal needs, values ​​and expectations.

HEIRRI is led by Universidad Pompeu Fabra with Ecsite as a project partner, alongside Aarhus University (Denmark), the University of Bergen (Norway), the University of Split (Croatia), the Institute for Advanced Studies (Austria), “la Caixa” Foundation (Barcelona, Spain), the Innovatec company (Madrid, Spain) and the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP, who chairs GUNi, the Global University Network for Innovation, with 208 universities in 78 countries).

The project is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon2020 programme and is one of the first initiatives that Horizon2020 set in motion in order to integrate RRI in university education. The project established the state of the art of RRI in higher education before going on to design teaching programmes at various university levels, training material focused problem-based learning, 10 pilot courses throughout Europe, a set of conferences and online debates around the need to integrate RRI as well as a focus on dissemination and internationalisation.

Science centres and museums from the Ecsite network have been invited to participate in HEIRRI through an open call. Two Ecsite members are involved with the adaptation and piloting of the courses. Ecsite also leads a workpackage related to the project’s conferences and online debates.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 666004.


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  • universities
  • #horizon2020
  • education
  • sustainability
  • research
  • development

List of project partners

  • Coordinator: Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Spain)
  • Aarhus University (Denmark)
  • University of Bergen (Norway)
  • University of Split (Croatia)
  • Institute for Advanced Studies (Austria)
  • “la Caixa” Foundation (Barcelona, Spain)
  • Company Innovatec (Madrid, Spain)
  • Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP, who chairs GUNi, the Global University Network for Innovation, with 208 universities in 78 countries)


Practical guide or toolkit

The HEIRRI Training Programmes, which were developed throughout the three years of the HEIRRI project, are an essential resource that was designed to help the implementation of RRI in higher education institutions.

Education & learning
RRI, University, education, sustainability, research, development, Horizon 2020