Responsible research and innovation
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Studiepunten (ECTS)12
CategorieBA (Bachelor)
Aangeboden doorRadboud Universiteit; Faculteit der Medische Wetenschappen; Biomedische wetenschappen;
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. S. van der Burg
Overige cursussen docent
dr. S. van der Burg
Overige cursussen docent
K1  (04-09-2017 t/m 26-08-2018)
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After completion of the Minor, students are able to:
  1. Define ‘responsible research and innovation’ and name its main characteristics (knowledge).
  2. Explain the background and purpose of responsible research and innovation (comprehension).
  3. Recognize the ethical and societal aspects of innovative emerging technologies (analysis).
  4. Perform qualitative interviews with relevant stakeholders (scientists, health care providers, patients), and analyze the transcripts (application).
  5. Work together in a group to prepare, design and conduct a public debate (application).
  6. Write an advisory report based on the literature study, interviews and the societal debate (synthesis).
  7. Evaluate and discuss the ethical and societal aspects of the envisioned products of research together with scientists (evaluation).
Innovative medical technologies contribute to improving health and prolonging life. History teaches, however, that the public is not always convinced of the merits of all innovative medical technologies. Fierce societal debates over the desirability of cochlear implants, prenatal (genetic) screening, therapeutic genetic modification, or assisted reproductive technology in older women (60+) illustrate that innovations may, and frequently do, raise public controversy.

This minor is for those students who are interested in learning how to conduct such societal debates. Seeking debate about the broader societal impacts of technological developments is the primary ambition of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). It is important for future scientists to know about the public opinion for it informs them about the acceptability of the eventual product of their research. In addition, research funding institutions (such as ZonMW and the European Commission) increasingly ask scientists to anticipate the broader societal impacts of their research and assess  them at an early stage of research. The advantage of such early assessment is that in this way feedback is offered at a time when research and its products is still malleable, and it may be steered in more desirable directions.

The course will give insight into what RRI is, as well as into methodologies to give shape to it. Furthermore, students will prepare, organize and conduct a public debate about a specific biomedical research or innovation project which is currently being carried out in the Radboudumc. This is an extensive assignment that requires decent preparation by means of readings and interviews with stakeholders (patients, clinicians, researchers). During the courses, students will receive the necessary trainings to do these interviews and shape and conduct the debate with citizens.

The results of the interviews and the debate will be communicated to the researchers who are engaged in the research project, by means of a presentation and an advisory report. Students will therewith experience the relevance of a broadening of the evaluative reflection about the envisioned purposes of research.

Key words
Responsible research and innovation, stakeholder involvement, values, public debate.


GelegenhedenBlok K1, Blok K1