Auke Pols: Enabling WUR to achieve its mission through Responsible Research and Innovation

WUR’s ambition is to tackle society’s ‘grand challenges’ within its domain – but is the way in which it does research up to this task? This question has been investigated in the context of the Horizon 2020 RRI Practice project by a research team consisting of David Ludwig, Phil Macnaghten, Barbara van Mierlo, Auke Pols (KTI) and Vincent Blok (PHI). They argue that the ‘complex’ or ‘wicked’ nature of those problems require a different approach to research than the one researchers are often incentivised to follow.

Organised by Knowledge Technology and Innovation

Tue 27 November 2018 12:30 to 13:30

Venue Leeuwenborch, gebouwnummer 201
Room C70
Where WUR’s annual evaluations and tenure-track requirements focus on ‘disciplinary excellence’, addressing grand challenges rather requires a research process that anticipates social and ethical consequences of innovations, that engages inclusively with societal stakeholders, that stimulates researchers to reflect on their own interests and values, and that is responsive to insights emerging during the research procedure.
In this seminar the RRI Practice team presents its findings and recommendations; and invites you to think along on how WUR can adapt its research processes to better realise its ambition.