Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) covers the dimensions of Public Engagement, Gender Equality, Science Education, Open Access, Ethics and Governance. It is a broad concept for the critical reflection and development of research and innovation and can be used to promote responsible research and a dialogue between science and society.

The goal of the project STRARBIOS2 is to promote structural changes in the field of RRI. Specifically, we would like to promote the following five areas:


Involving society with the aim of strengthening research and innovation processes that are cooperative and work with many stakeholders. The goal is for (all) social actors to work together throughout the process to align the outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society. For more information about Societal Engagement click here.


Gender equality aims to promote and secure gender-balanced teams and decision-making bodies, as well as gender dimensions in research and innovation, to improve the quality and social relevance of outcomes. For further information, click here.  


Scientific education focuses on: (1) improving current education processes in order to better equip citizens with the necessary knowledge and skills so that they can participate in debates on research and innovation; and (2) increase the number of researchers (promoting scientific talent). For more information click here.

Open Access

Open access means free and early access to scientific work with the aim of improving the quality of scientific research and facilitating rapid innovation. Cooperation and productive dialogue with society should be facilitated. For further information, click here.


Ethics has two dimensions: (1) research integrity: preventing unacceptable research and research practices; (2) Science and society: the ethical acceptance of scientific and technological developments. For more information click here.

Good Practice Examples

Good Practice Examples at the University of Bremen in regard to the five RRI keys were identified and summarized in the following documents.

The Graduate School NanoCompetence