In this introduction to Responsible Research and Innovation in EBRAINS, we reflect on the societal and ethical aspects of the EBRAINS research infrastructure through the lens of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). 

The training gives an overview of Responsible Research and Innovation. It highlights its history, definitions and the approach to responsible research and innovation in the Human Brain Project. Tools and resources for responsible innovation in EBRAINS are discussed. The training also provides a space for deliberation and critical reflection on work being undertaken in EBRAINS through a case study exercise.

Introduction to RRI in the Human Brain Project

What type of world do you want to live in and how can science better enable this? Starting off with the Rome Declaration definition of RRI, this video will teach you about the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation and how it can enable better science and innovation. This video describes RRI and explains why it is conceived as an approach to research that takes a long-term perspective on the type of world we want to live in. You will learn about the Human Brain Project’s approach to responsible innovation and how has been applied in the development of EBRAINS.

Case Studies

For a hands-on exercise in Responsible Research and Innovation within the Human Brain Project, we provide a collection of case studies and a recorded introduction to the exercise. Please download the Collection of Cases for the Introduction to RRI (pdf).

Human Brain Project's Capacity Development Plan

Learn about the RRI capacity development programme developed for the Human Brain Project and EBRAINS by members of the Ethics and Society team. The training programme has been developed for all EBRAINS users including data providers, infrastructure developers, and EBRAINS leadership. It builds on 10 years of experience in applying RRI and seeks to institutionalise responsible innovation by helping EBRAINS users develop capacities to anticipate ethical and societal concerns. This encompasses inclusive deliberation and dialogue with stakeholders as well as reflexivity and responsiveness when dealing with social concerns in relation to brain research.

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George Ogoh
De Montfort University
Capacity Building

Bernd Stahl
De Montfort University
HBP Ethics Manager & RRI Task Lead

Anna Sundby
The Danish Board of Technology
PhD, Project Manager

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