PhD Training week - MODULE 4

13mar9:30 am6:00 pmPhD Training week - MODULE 4Responsible Research and Innovation: theories, practices and tools for the public engagement

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The aim of this course is to introduce Ph.D. students to basic concepts and application of Public Engagement. At the end of the course Ph.D. students will have developed awareness of the societal, ethical and political impact of new emerging technologies and scientific knowledge.
To this end, the course is subdivided into two sections; morning section dedicated to theoretical introduction to Public Engagement; afternoon section aimed at developing
practical skills through working groups. Each section is subdivided in different slots to deepen the different facets of Public Engagement both theoretically, as in the case of
Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) framework, and practically.



March 13, 2024 9:30 am - 6:00 pm(GMT+02:00)


Aula 3E Fiore di Botta building - University of Padua

Via del Pescarotto, 8, 35131 Padova PD

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Speakers for this event

  • Carlo Ghezzi

    Carlo Ghezzi


    Politechnic in Milan

    Carlo Ghezzi is an Emeritus Professor at Politecnico di Milano
    (Italy), where he has been teaching and doing research for over 40
    years. He is an ACM Fellow, IEEE Fellow, member of Academia
    Europaea, and member of the Italian Academy of Sciences (Istituto
    Lombardo). He has published over 200 papers in international
    journals and conferences and co-authored 7 books. He is interested
    in the ethical implications of research in computer science. He is
    currently chairing the Ethics Committee at Politecnico di Milano. 


  • Federico Neresini

    Federico Neresini


    University of Padua

    Federico Neresini teaches Digital Sociology and Sociology of
    Innovation at the University of Padova, where he also coordinates
    the PaSTIS research unit. His research interests are focused on STS,
    in particular on the construction processes of scientific knowledge
    and the analysis of technoscience in the public sphere.


  • Paolo Giardullo

    Paolo Giardullo

    Assistant Professor

    University of Padua

    Paolo Giardullo is Assistant Professor in Sociology, at the University
    of Padova where he teaches Environmental Sociology and Social
    Research Methodology and Techniques. He contributed to research
    projects funded by national and international competitive calls on
    the topics of Responsible Research and Innovation, air quality
    policies and refused knowledge.

    Assistant Professor

  • Simone Arnaldi

    Simone Arnaldi


    University of Trieste

    Simone Arnaldi teaches sociology and ethics of artificial
    intelligence at the University of Trieste. His main research interests
    concern responsible innovation, science policy and science
    diplomacy. His publications include: Co-creation and responsibility
    in techno-scientific innovation from below (with Stefano Crabu and
    Paolo Magaudda, in Italian, Mimesis Edizioni, 2023) and
    Responsibility in science and technology. Elements of a social
    theory (with Luca Bianchi, Springer VS, 2016).


  • Stefano Crabu

    Stefano Crabu


    University of Padua

    Stefano Crabu is a science, technology and medicine sociologist at
    the University of Padova. He studies innovation processes in the life
    sciences and ICT, mainly focusing on the sociomaterial and
    epistemological aspects of translational biomedicine, laboratory
    practices and hacking practices.


  • Vincenzo Napolano

    Vincenzo Napolano

    Head of Communications

    European Gravitational Observatory (EGO)

    Vincenzo Napolano is the Head of Communications of the
    European Gravitational Observatory (EGO) in Pisa and has been a
    science communicator for the National Institute of Nuclear Physics.
    He is interested in mobilizing new technologies and performing arts
    and languages to communicate science to the general public. He
    has curated several successful scientific exhibitions, including “Astri
    e Particelle” at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome in 2009, “Balle
    di Scienza” at Palazzo Blu in Pisa in 2014, “Oltre il limite” at MUSE in
    Trento in 2015, “Made in Math” at the Triennale di Milano in 2016,
    “Gravity” at MAXXI in Rome in 2019, and “Incertezza” at the Palazzo
    delle Esposizioni in Rome in 2021. He is also the author of several
    articles for popular science magazines, websites, newspapers, and
    scientific communication publications. 

    Head of Communications


    • March 12, 2024
    • 9.30 a.m. Opening9.30 a.m.- 11 a.m.

      Responsible Research and Innovation: antecedents, characteristics and prospects

      Speakers: Federico Neresini, Simone Arnaldi
    • 11 a.m. Break11 a.m.- 11.30 a.m.
    • 11.30 a.m. Round table11.30 a.m.- 1 p.m.

      Practicing Responsible Research and  Innovation: Science and Technology for and within society

      Speakers: Carlo Ghezzi, Federico Neresini, Paolo Giardullo, Stefano Crabu, Vincenzo Napolano
    • 1 p.m. Lunch Break1 p.m.- 2.30 p.m.
    • 2.30 p.m. Practical session2.30 p.m.- 3.30 p.m.

      How to render scientific and technological research responsible. Exploring the tools and methodologies for the public engagement

      Speakers: Federico Neresini, Paolo Giardullo, Stefano Crabu
    • 3.30 p.m. Working groups3.30 p.m.- 5 p.m.

      Experimenting with public engagement initiatives for the RRI.

    • 5 p.m. Short presentations5 p.m.- 6 p.m.

      Short presentations by working groups and feedback.

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