Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) calls for societal actors – researchers, citizens, policy makers, business, third sector organisations, etc. – to work together during the whole research and innovation process in order to better align both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society.
The aim of RRI is to create an r&d environment where societal actors and innovators are mutually responsive to each other with the view to the (ethical) acceptability, sustainability, societal desirability of the innovation process.
One of the core components of RRI is public engagement, which is streamlined via science communication.
Journalists and communicators are watchdogs and critical gatekeepers, but also mediators and communicators of RRI. How do these roles intertwine?
The intertwined roles of science journalism and science communications are in focus on May 2, 2016, in a workshop where representatives from science journalism and science communication along with scientists reflect on their role in public engagement. A special emphasis is laid on science journalism: are science journalists part of the RRI process or outside it?
Time and venue:
May 2, 2016, at 13.15
House of Science and Letters, Kirkkokatu 6, Helsinki
Welcome and introduction to the theme, Satu Lipponen, emeritus president, EUSJA
Intertwined roles in public engagement
Two debates with an active participation by the audience
Debate 1. Focus on science journalism
Debate 2. Focus on science communication
Curtis Brainard, President, World Federation of Science Journalists
Prof. Minna Palmroth, Finnish meteorological institute
Merja Porttikivi, PhD, Aalto University and Cooperative Mediakollektiivi
networking, wine and cheese
The workshop will end by 17.00