Conference Thematic Strands

As with all Living Knowledge conferences, there will be a focus on science shops, community-based research, and other knowledge exchange and creation collaborations between local communities, civil society organisations, researchers and educators. We have encouraged those developing proposals to think about how they support students’ development of skills and capacities for collaborative research and RRI – proposals about research partnerships without a curriculum-based element, such as those related to lifelong learning outcomes, were prompted to consider potential links to learning and teaching in Higher Education.

Enhancing learning and teaching

The RRI Tools project has identified four main processes essential to RRI – diversity and inclusion; anticipation and reflection; openness and transparency; responsiveness and adaptive change. As curricula and teaching methods change, collaborative research with communities can enhance students’ learning as well as building their capacity for RRI. This capacity can equip them to become research-engaged citizens, or for careers as researchers or social/scientific innovators. Presentations will consider how learning and teaching can develop and use collaborative research community partnership methods to support the enhancement of students’ competences.

Forming effective collaborations

Building solid, effective and responsive research and innovative partnerships with stakeholders including community organisations, civil society organisations, NGOs, museums, libraries and galleries involves engaging stakeholders appropriately in different aspects of the research or innovation process. Speakers will share insight and experiences into promising ways and effective timelines to engage stakeholders so that collaborative partnership appeals to a wide range of groups and is seen as an inclusive, reflective and open process.

Ethics, diversity and inclusion

Collaborating to manage ethical, diverse and inclusive research and innovation with a focus on gender, age, ethnicity, or ability can increase quality and relevance. Presentations on this theme will consider how best to manage ethical research and innovation in a teaching and learning environment, and how to balance and share power and resources among participants.

Increasing research impact, access, and capacity-building opportunities

For collaborative research community partnerships to learn from each other to build upon and enhance previous work, the impact needs to be maximised and the outcomes made publically available. Presentations will explore how we can increase the impact of our research processes and outcomes. How can we encourage societal groups and researchers to use and build on openly available research and data; how can we ensure feedback loops to include all research partners; how can we promote effective evaluation processes, and encourage funders to support this work through policy?