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Message posted on 17/04/2019

Call for Application: Responsible Innovation Cultures − International Summer School

The 5th annual German Summer School of Higher Education Research and Science Studies (HERSS) will be hosted by the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The school will focus on the question of how responsible innovation cultures can be established within institutions of higher education and research, such as universities, and will explore what responsibility in research, development and training might look like in different situated institutional contexts.

The summer school will debate the meaning of ‘responsible research and innovation’ (RRI) beyond the mere reiteration of a buzz word and critically and constructively examine what a reorientation towards social responsibility within institutional cultures of higher education and research might entail. Participants will be offered talks by and workshops with research leaders in the field of RRI and can engage in RRI themselves through the experimental practices of design thinking and prototyping.

In various talks and workshops, the summer school will address questions like:

Responsible Research Innovation: hype or hope?
Who’s responsible? Exploring the role of different actors within responsible innovation cultures
Who's included? RRI and public engagement
RRI in a global context: Responsibility, knowledge and global power structures
* Training for RRI? Responsible innovation cultures in higher education
Addressing particularly PhD students, early-career postdocs, and science policy experts/practitioners, this summer school explores multifaceted responsible innovation cultures.

Participants will learn about social responsibility within different academic institutional contexts in small interactive workshops. In discussion panels, they will have the opportunity to present and discuss their ongoing research projects with selected groups of fellow participants and advanced scholars from their field. In addition, they will hear talks by leading scholars in the field, experiment with design thinking training, and get to know TUM and Munich through campus visits and after-school activities.
Application & Participation

For further information see the event website
To apply for participation, we kindly ask you to send a short CV and the application form (found at the event website) until 12 May 2019 to

Letters of acceptance will be sent by 24 May 2019 as well as detailed information about the venue, conference schedule and accommodation options.

Participants will have the opportunity to present a paper or poster and receive expert feedback on their work. Participation without presentation is also possible if announced in advance (no short-term cancellations of presentations). Presentations and posters can address the summer school topic and related questions, but are not restricted to these topics. Paper presentations will have up to 15 minutes for their presentation plus discussion time. Poster presenters will have 5 minutes for their presentations and shared discussion of all posters will follow. Posters will remain exhibited throughout the summer school period.
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