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UdG’s commitment to RRI

Responsible Research and Innovation

Open science increases the dissemination of research and strengthens the impact of its results

Open Science is an international initiative consolidated over the last few years and aimed at promoting the accessibility, visibility and impact of research results. It is based on fostering and facilitating the free and freely accessible publication of research results, promoting the re-exploitation of research data and permanent access to scientific production. The European Commission, the big driving force behind this concept, has put special emphasis on its implementation not only to facilitate and improve the circulation of the information and transfer of knowledge, but also to promote the reuse of results and transparency. A new approach to the scientific process, based on new ways to disseminate knowledge and which puts special emphasis on the idea that “the research has to be made with and for the society” and that both research and research data have to be accessible and open to all citizens.

The UdG promotes Open Science

The UdG has an active and committed position with respect to open access, where the promotion of open science can be found in initiatives from the University’s Strategic Plan. The University of Girona’s institutional policy of open access was approved by the Governing Council during its ordinary session of 22 December 2011 and affects recommendations aimed at teaching and research staff, doctoral and other students, for the purposes of promoting the dissemination of scientific and academic production in open access.

The University also has an institutional repository (DUGiDocs) and support and advisory services for researchers which is managed from the Library.

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Aware of its responsibility for complying with current legislation on ethical principles relating to research carried out within the University and, in addition to these obligations, as a public research body aware of its responsibility to society and the environment, the University of Girona set up its Research Ethics and Biosecurity Committee, by Agreement with the Governing Council of 31/10/13 (session 6/13), covering both ethical and biosecurity aspects, to meet to not just the present but also any future needs that arise regarding these aspects.

Integration of the gender aspect in research and innovation is an added value in terms ofexcellence, creativity and opportunities. It helps research teams to question gender norms and stereotypes, rethink established standards and create reference models. In addition, it contributes to an in-depth understanding of gender needs, behaviour and attitudes.

The European Commission has provided specific regulatory guidance in the form of political agendas which RRI has to follow. One of these agendas focuses on gender equality, taking two aspects into account:

  1. Gender balance in research teams

Promoting gender balance will be understood at all levels: not just inside teams but also in the management structures of the institutions taking part in research projects, with a balanced participation, the fairest possible between women and men.

  1. Integrating the gender aspect into the research and innovation contents

Integrating gender/sex analyses into research and innovation content helps to improve the scientific quality and social relevance of the knowledge, technology and/or innovation produced, according to data from the European Commission. This integration refers to taking account of the gender/sex variable in research development, as well as its impact, communication and dissemination.

The fundamental right to general data protection is regulated by a set of rules aimed at protecting this right of natural persons.

Children and teenagers count on a particular protection, which will need to feature systematically in all research projects they take part in, whether directly or indirectly. The European Commission has provided specific regulatory guidance in the form of political agendas which Research and Responsible Innovation (RRI) has to follow. One of these refers to the ethical aspects of research, including participation of persons under the age of 18 years in projects and research development. 

Protecting children and teenagers is the responsibility that the organisations assume for ensuring neither staff nor the activities they develop generate any type of harm to children and teenagers. The priority is to prevent minors from being exposed to any risk of harm and abuse and for the competent authorities to be informed of any information there may be on risks relating to their safety.

The protocol for protecting children and teenagers in research projects, in the line with RRI, will take account of the contact situations (whether direct or indirect) with under-age minors and the type of participation (study subjects or collaborators).

Science education is a tool for bringing science over to children and encouraging their interest in research and innovation. It aims on the one hand to make the science more attractive for young people and is focused on the current educational for providing students with the appropriate skills and knowledge for their future participation in research- and innovation-related decision-making. It also seeks, on the other hand, to awaken new scientific and technological vocations among children toincreasing the number of researchers and guarantee the education of responsible scientists.

The last few years have seen science promotion develop and science education become a cornerstone for achieving a scientifically literate society. In addition, responsible research and innovation (RRI) also plays a very important role in encouraging students to become responsible citizens. The University of Girona, as an institution committed to education and RRI, is helping to achieve this goal by carrying out several scientific activities aimed at young people and teenagers. The UdG, through experimentation and direct contact with its scientific community, is consolidating the interest of young students in science, promoting research and innovation that meet ethical and sustainable standards and awakening new scientific vocations.

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The UdG encourages curiosity in science


Civic participation i the research is a key aspect in Research and Responsible Innovation which is aimed at promoting greater interaction between society and the scientific community. Its aim is for scientists to apply research beyond the laboratory, and for citizens, besides being beneficiaries for the successes of science and technology, to play a more important role at every stage of research and innovation. The concept of civic participation covers a wide range of activities, with several levels of interaction, from science outreach initiatives to participation in research projects and institutions.

The UdG promotes Citizen Participation

Making research and innovation accessible to citizens brings benefits not just to society but also the research institutions themselves as it encourages citizens to be better informed and science to be better valued. The  University of Girona promotes a more inclusive research and innovation and encourages, through various scientific-, dissemination and citizen-participation activities, to make science more accessible to our societyCitizen participation is a key aspect of RRI as it allows researchers align their research and innovation lines with the needs and interests of society.

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