We are all familiar with the Ocean, that body of salt water that covers nearly 3/4 of the surface of our planet. It is also important to mention that the importance of our Oceans cannot be understated. They are a critical part of our planet’s carbon cycle, water cycle, as well as being a huge reservoir of heat which directly affects the weather and climate across the Earth. Oceans are also home to a multitude of species, spanning across all taxa, as well as being the location for some of the most important biodiversity hotspots on our planet. …


Dr Melanie Stegman is a biochemist who teaches in the interactive media program at Harrisburg University, and runs her own independent video game studio on the side. Entering graduate school, Melanie felt her calling was to educate as well as to discover and during her post-doc studying DNA repair in Tuberculosis bacterium, Melanie made the choice to focus on education full time. …


The purpose of life sciences is to provide better solutions for a more sustainable society in the future. Recent technological developments in fields such as environmental engineering and synthetic biology, and the growing number of advances in robotic manufacture, pharmacy, medicine, biotechnology, chemical engineering, agriculture and energy sectors, call for the implementation of robust and widespread ethical practises to overcome the many obstacles and the potential conflicts of interest among all these different target groups.

While the foundation of bioethics was once a question for philosophers, bioethics in the modern world requires a multidisciplinary approach, with potential collaborations among many…


Ulysses and the syrens (John William Waterhouse, 1891)

The ResBios project focuses on the implementation of different types of actions to ground RRI within the organisations that are part of the consortium as “beginners”. These actions are called, for this reason, “Grounding Actions” (GAs). Implementing RRI-inspired initiatives within ResBios is just the first step of a process aimed at making the openness to society a permanent characteristic of the research organisations involved.

RRI has been defined by the European Commission (EC) as:

“An approach that anticipates and assesses potential implications and societal expectations with regard to research and innovation, with the aim to foster the design of inclusive…


Social Engagement Vs Social Distancing

For the past year or so, it feels a bit like we have all been hunkering down in our little silos. Waiting for the “new normal” to finally arrive, and the hope of some semblance of the life we left behind. Some of us have been lucky enough to be able to have continued working remotely; although I think we can all agree that for a long time, progress has seemed very slow.

For those of us trying to produce lasting changes in science, research, and society; using the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) model…


From the beginning of this exciting endeavour to bring about institutional change the most important thing was to open up the official space for gender equality at the University of Gdańsk.

For past 15 years we all have been busy with individual projects and several grassroots activities undertaken by many academics and UG staff that raised awareness for gender awareness. Coordinating and partnering many EU grants have definitively helped in engaging more and more individuals and units in making equality one of the main focuses of university. Our activities gained momentum when, thanks to the STARBIOS2 project (2016–2020), we were…


Implementing Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) actions in research organisations, such as interventions aimed at addressing gender imbalances, implies great challenges. Evaluation can be a powerful tool in underpinning this process. Particularly in gender equality interventions, a gender-sensitive evaluation[i] approach is essential if attention is paid to the needs of the underrepresented genders and the promotion of sustainable change. In view of that, the key question is what gender-sensitive evaluation is, and how this type of evaluation can support RRI sustainable transformation.

Gender-focused or gender-sensitive evaluation has its roots in the feminist research tradition. Gender-focused evaluation was introduced in the…


The ResBios project aims to root Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) practices in some research organizations in the field of biosciences, through specific “Grounding Actions”. The main dynamic of the project is based on the relationship between some “experienced” mentors (who have already realized activities in this field) and other “beginners” partners, experiencing for the first time the RRI approach.
For both mentors and beginners (as well as anyone working in the field of science) the internal and external environment is in transformation.
First, science as an institution is changing! For instance, we see: increasingly uncertain access to grants, hyper-competition, increasing effort…


The implementation of RRI concepts into scientific institutions affords ways to integrate these concepts into existing institutional structures, teaching contents and scientific perspectives. Therefore, the Uni Bremen team developed a series of reflective activities for scientists on varying career levels, PhD students and pupils visiting the outreach lab “Backstage Science” (BaSci Lab).

To reach scientists and PhD students in dialogue regarding science ethics an open form of group discussion was tested. Prior to the workshop, the participants were asked to formulate ethical issues, problems or observations from their personal perspectives. The moderator also brought a few typical questions and scenarios…

Mutual learning for responsible biosciences

This is the blog of the ResBios project (https://www.resbios.eu). It aims to bring RRI institutional changes into some biosciences research organizations.

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