Within the framework of the European project “Grounding RRI Practices in research performing organisations (GRRIP)”, an information session on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and the implementation of the Action Plan in the organisation was held at PLOCAN’s facilities.
The purpose of the training session was to introduce PLOCAN staff to the practical framework of RRI and how its use leads to the implementation of institutional and cultural changes in marine and maritime research organisations.
PLOCAN is one of the five entities together with MaREI (Cork, Ireland), WavEC (Lisbon, Portugal), Centrale Nantes (France) and Swansea University (Wales, United Kingdom) that are leading the project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme with €1,527,718.75, and which have committed to making changes to their internal systems from 2019.
The training, given by the project coordinator Gordon Dalton and the Project Manager Ibán Ortega, served to inform and teach the attendees how Responsible Research and Innovation is implemented through its five basic pillars: gender equality, public commitment, education in science, open access and ethics.
In addition, the specific actions that PLOCAN is developing to meet the project’s objective were discussed, including a gender equality plan and protocols for the protection of intellectual property.
The GRRIP project will continue to schedule training activities to raise awareness of RRI throughout society, as well as to publicise the changes and improvements that will continue to be implemented in PLOCAN.