Responsible Research and Innovation Actions in Science Education
The concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is relatively recent, and it is part of the Europe 2020 strategy with the objective to promote a vision for a stronger collaboration among social, natural, and physical scientists, societal actors, and citizens in order to achieve a wider dimension of science and innovation and improve the role of society in environmental preservation. Many researchers, European initiatives, and projects in different domains and contexts already started to explore how to deliver guidelines and good practices for RRI and promote them to citizens, industry stakeholders, policy and decision makers, research funders, educational institutions to foster their adoption as a potential benchmark in setting-up RRI processes. In the last years, a wide discussion is arising also on gender and ethical issues that are very relevant in all RRI initiatives as aspects of representativeness, risks, and in some situation of minority rights. The International Conference on Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society (RRI-SIS2017) is the first annual conference of the MARINA project1 that aims at presenting case studies and experiences highlighting environmental preservation, RRI issues, principles and topics related to the research and innovation in the context of the H2020 societal challenges. Several case studies and experiences on Responsible Research and Innovation performed in several past and running projects have been presented in this conference and col- lected in two books of the SpringerBriefs in Research and Innovation Governance. The first is titled “Governance and Sustainability of Responsible Research and Innovation Processes: Cases and Experiences” and the second “Responsible Research and Innovation actions in science education, gender and ethics: Cases and Experiences”. The second book, which builds on academic and industrial research and experiences that are being carried out at many different institutions around the world, is given here.