International research and practice seminar National Barriers and Drivers for RRI Principles was held at TPU. The seminar, run by the Institute of Humanities and Social Technologies of Tomsk Polytechnic University, gathered delegations from Perm, China, Norway and Germany.
It is to be recalled that earlier Tomsk Polytechnic University joined the project of the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) “Responsible Research and Innovation in Practice” (RRI). TPU became one of the universities-reviewers, along with the University of Arizona, the University of Tokyo, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and other leading universities. The project is supported by Horizon 2020 - the EU Programme for Research and Innovation.
TPU seminar got together representatives of the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology Development (CASTED), Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (Norway), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany) and Perm National Research Polytechnic University. Scientists and specialists discussed intermediate results of implementing RRI principles, as well as the next stage of application of RRI GLOBAL large-scale project.
On behalf of the rector of Tomsk Polytechnic University, Liliya Kiryanova, Vice-Rector for External Affairs, greeted the seminar participants. In her speech she noted that the event devoted to RRI principles, fits well into the modern life of Tomsk Polytechnic University. The University was founded 121 years ago as an Institute of practical engineers and throughout its existence a tradition of social responsibility of university research has arisen at TPU. The main goal of the University is to train engineering elite capable of changing economic and technological background of the whole country. Today, TPU graduates work in various fields of science and technology, design and launch satellites, work with robots for ocean and space, and participate in many other great projects.
"On the one hand, such level of innovation is a great achievement for us; however, on the other hand, it is a huge responsibility. Innovations changing technological background, on the global scale, change everything else. Therefore, when the Institute of Humanities and Social Technologies chose the research of social and economic consequences of innovations as its main topic, it got significant support of the rector.
Our graduates should think not only about engineering leadership, but also about the consequences that their inventions will result in”,
— she emphasized.
According to Denis Tchaikovsky, Director of the Institute of Humanities and Social Technologies, TPU has already held several joint conferences with Karlsruhe Institute of Technology and cooperated with Perm Polytechnic University, and now specialists are ready for a more detailed discussion of this topic.
"The issue of RRI principles is topical now, as universities must respond to global challenges, universities should know how innovations will influence the future of people and the planet”, — he said.
At the opening ceremony all delegations made presentations. Thus, Hu Zhijian, President of the Chinese Academy of Science and Technology Development (CASTED) noted that the development of the dialogue between universities of different countries would reduce social risks and negative consequences of technological innovations.
"Facing such problems, we must continue studying synergies between science, technology, innovation and social development. We need to continue studying legal, ethical and social implications of technologies, responsibility of researchers and innovators. I am glad to see that the theme of our seminar perfectly answers to these challenges.
I hope that this meeting will allow us to get a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of these issues,”
— he said.
Ellen-Marie Forsberg, senior researcher of Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences spoke about projects in the field of RRI principles already implemented in Norway - cognitive health care, biotechnical patenting and other programs.
"I am thankful for the opportunity to discuss barriers and drivers for RRI principles on such a wide scale and with well-known scientists and specialists, as the consequences of innovation development become a global challenge. It is very important to discuss the details and share the responsibility between all concerned parties", — the specialists said.
In addition, on the first day of the seminar representatives of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Technology Development (CASTED) met Petr Chubik, rector of Tomsk Polytechnic University. Within the framework of the meeting, he spoke about prospects for the University’s cooperation with the People’s Republic of China, and Hu Zhijian, President of the Academy, expressed his hope for further development of partnership relations.
European Initiative for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is an approach that anticipates and assesses potential implications and societal expectations with regard to research and innovation, with the aim to foster the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation.
Chinese Academy of Science and Technology Development (CASTED) is a unit of the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China. The Academy was created by the order of the Chinese Government in 1982. Since 2013, implementation of the strategy of science and technology complex development has been CASTED priority. The Academy studies such basic topics as the development of interaction between science, technology and innovation in China, innovative incentive mechanisms, direction and ways of innovation development, as well as methods of innovation management. According to the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, CASTED makes a significant contribution to scientific, technological and innovative development of China, devising a scientific and technical strategy and preparing proposals for state policy effective implementation for consideration of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China.
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) is Norway’s largest state university college, with a student body of 17,000 students and 1,850 employees. The University College in its current form came into being in 2011 when Oslo University College and Akershus University College merged. HiOA structure includes four faculties (Faculty of Health Sciences, Faculty of Education and International Studies, Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Technology, Art and Design).
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is the oldest technical higher educational institution in Germany and the fourth in Europe after the Prague, Parisian and Vienna Technical Universities. In 1 October 2009 KIT merged with the University of Karlsruhe and Karlsruhe Research Center.