Newsletter #1
August 2016

Updates on the project, the RRI
Roadmap, and upcoming events

Turning a lens on our whirlwind first year!

Over the last year, NUCLEUS has put different cells of society under the microscope. On Field Trips and in interviews, we've seen exciting collaborations between research and its stakeholders in policy-making, civil society and media. We've also searched for barriers to RRI faced by universities across countries and cultures, and potential ways of overcoming them. Learn more in this month's newsletter!
If you're new to the project, here's what you need to know:

NUCLEUS is a four-year, Horizon 2020 project investigating how to make Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) a reality in universities and research institutions. Through Field Trips and an Interdisciplinary Study, the project focuses on barriers to RRI in institutions and how they can be overcome. Based on what we learn, NUCLEUS will implement new policies and programming in 30 international test sites to understand the DNA of RRI. Intrigued? Learn more here.

Project Partners: Registration for the NUCLEUS Conference & Design Workshop is open!

12-14 October, 2016 in Lyon, France
Join your fellow NUCLEISTs to reflect on the first year's progress and set the stage for the RRI Roadmap implementation phase! Get the details and register online.

Notes from the Field

The NUCLEUS Field Trips have engaged researchers, policymakers, journalists, communicators, and other "cells" in society to understand their attitudes towards RRI - but what have we been hearing? The reflections of the participants, who hail from equally diverse backgrounds, have highlighted both overarching and stakeholder-specific themes.

RRI & Public Policy

Public policy and research often share similar aims of improving citizens’ wellbeing, but ad hoc collaborations and culture clashes can be a deterrent to sustained partnerships. The value of relationship managers, professional incentives and early stakeholder engagement in policymaking were emphasised by interviewees in Science City Nottingham, UK.


RRI & Civil Society

Research in Pretoria, South Africa faces unique challenges to engagement with civil society, such as political sensitivity, geography and diversity of language. However, NUCLEUS Field Trip participants found plenty of barriers similar to those faced in their home countries, as well. Whether in Africa or Europe, issues of job role definition, funding and geography were raised as barriers to responsible research and innovation.

RRI & Media

Media and journalism play a critical role in investigating and communicating research developments to the public. However, the profession is facing many changes in social media, traditional news outlets, and institutional communications. The Field Trip observations in Budapest, Hungary, identified several considerations for RRI engagement with media: shifting professional roles, polarising language and local scientific culture. 

RRI & Universities

UK-wide initiatives for research engagement have increased over the last decade, resulting in new RRI approaches. Culture change doesn’t happen overnight, though, so NUCLEUS travelled to Edinburgh, UK, to learn more about governance structures. Participants explored themes of time, money and career progression in universities and research institutes – and which policies still need further development.
Want to know more? Read the full reports here!

The Inside View

If you want to know how to change a system, you have to learn from the people within it. Which problems have they already identified – and what are the possible solutions? This summer, the University of Bielefeld is conducting an interview study with leaders and researchers in universities to better understand how they view RRI, and potential barriers and solutions to it within their institutes. The questions for the study were developed with input from project partners earlier this spring, and the first update will be shared at the annual conference in October.

Coming up soon...

  • The RRI & Economy Field Trip report: The reflections on connections, barriers and opportunities explored in Dublin's close community will be shared at the beginning of September.
  • The RRI & Public Engagement Field Trip: NUCLEUS is heading to Beijing to learn about research and public engagement in a unique cultural and political environment. Follow us online and watch for written and video reports in the second half of September.
  • The Annual Conference: NUCLEISTs from around the world will meet in Lyon, France to discuss what we've learned in the first year of the project, and chart a course for what comes next. We'll share the outcomes during the second half of October.
Thanks for reading, and watch for the next NUCLEUS newsletter in October!
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