New project will help ensure science and research continue to address society's needs

Nottingham Trent University is to play a key role in a €4 million project aimed at ensuring that research and innovation continuously reflect and respond to societal needs.

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The project aims to ensure responsible research and innovation

Nottingham Trent University is to play a key role in a €4 million project aimed at ensuring that research and innovation continuously reflect and respond to societal needs.

The university is part of the four year 'NUCLEUS' project, a major consortium of international universities and scientific institutions, which will strive to encourage and advance the science-society dialogue.

It is thought that improved communication between institutions and their stakeholders – such as members of the public, politicians, entrepreneurs, artists and journalists – is key to ensuring Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI).

A key goal of the EU-funded project is to identify obstacles which hinder meaningful engagement, and to find ways to align the communication structures and processes in science with the expectations of policy-makers and civil society.

NUCLEUS – New Understanding of Communication, Learning and Engagement in Universities and Scientific Institutions – will involve investigating governance and cultures inside institutions to understand how information can be better shared and communicated.

Institutions need to be appropriately interlinked with the media, economy, public engagement and policy.

Dr Karen Moss, Nottingham Trent University

The project is expected to result in a range of widely-applicable information and practical guidelines for universities and science-funding agencies on the development and embedding of RRI.

The School of Science and Technology is leading the project on behalf of Nottingham Trent University.

"Institutions need to be appropriately interlinked with the media, economy, public engagement and policy," said Dr Karen Moss, Director of the Centre for Effective Learning in Science at Nottingham Trent University.

She added:"We need to understand how the culture of universities should evolve to fully embrace Responsible Research and Innovation. Working across disciplines and with the local community, Nottingham Trent University will become an 'RRI test bed' for innovative approaches to RRI. Our work will inform recommendations for the future development of RRI in universities across Europe."

The project, funded by Horizon 2020, consists of 24 partners and is led by Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Germany. It is due to begin in September 2015.

Overall project leader, Professor Alexander Gerber of Rhine-Waal University of Applied Sciences in Germany, said: "Our consortium is well aware of how ambitious the project is, it aims at nothing less than rethinking the very foundations of communication governance in institutionalised science."

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New project will help ensure science and research continue to address society's needs

Published on 31 July 2015
  • Category: Research; School of Science and Technology

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