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PAUWES CoP holds its first HEIRRI Training Workshop

The Pan African University Institute of Water and Energy Sciences (PAUWES) in Algeria on Saturday 16th December held its version of HEIRRI training workshop on the concept of Responsible Research in Higher Institution.

PAUWES Community of Practice anchored the one-day event, with support from Higher Education Institutions and Responsible Research and Innovation (HEIRRI). The workshop brought to bear the concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI); a new dimension of innovative research championed by HEIRRI, and her partners.The facilitators walked participants through the various concepts of Responsible Research Innovation (RRI), and how best the African Union Agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) could be advanced through Responsible Research and Innovation.

The understanding and appreciation of RRI were evident from comments and contributions that emanated from the participants. All participants had meaningful contributions and questions that enriched the concept of RRI especially within the African contest. The significant addition of RRI to their existing knowledge was the thematic aspect of responsibility and innovation, which encircles Rene Von Schomberg’s definition for RRI, which takes into accounts mutually responsiveness, acceptability, sustainability and societal desirability of the innovation process and its marketable products as a way of allowing proper embedment of scientific and technological advances in our society.

A section of participants at the Workshop
Hillary, from Kenya had this to say after the workshop “It was enlightening especially for students preparing for research. Indeed, research should  influence communities and not just academics"

“It’s my first time of such workshop. I learnt a lot about how to factor the views and aspiration of communities into research as well the need to make research accessible to everyone. This has been of great impact to me” Janvier, from Democratic Republic of Congo exclaimed

Nedal from Sudan also posited, “I really liked the part of RRI, it was an eye opener for me. I have learnt how to tailor my research in a way that will be helpful in the nearest future to fulfill the needs of society"

"The aspect of ethics is very key to research and as an Energy Policy student with law background, i think plagiarism should be dealt away with. Thanks to HEIRRI for highlighting on this" EbunOluwa from Nigeria also added.

Speaking to commentsafrica after the event, CoP leader, Risper believes, the transformative concept of RRI, came at the appropriate time for PAUWES. She further related that, the key aspects identified, amplifies the need for consideration of research projects that students undertake. Among them, gender equity and societal engagement still arouses the African perspective on their impact. "In whatever way one looks at it, African women and men have a platform in the research fora to connect to the society the missing link" she concluded with.

Highlighting on further plans, co- leader of CoP Clement Abdallah revealed that training programmes of such kind would be an integral part of all CoP activities. 
He expressed gratitude to all stakeholders and students who made it a point to be part of the training workshop and urged students to make RRI a center stage in their research.

The entire workshop came to a successful end with students having deeper understanding about HEIRRI and a reshaped concept on Responsible Research and Innovation.
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