GRRIP Closing Conference
Grounding Responsible Research and Innovation Practices (GRRIP) in marine and maritime research organisations: Explorations and Determinations
December 1-2, 2022, Gran Canaria
9 am to 5 pm (Dublin/Lisbon/London time) on 1st December 2022;
9 am to 1 pm (Dublin/Lisbon/London time) on 2nd December 2022.
Join us at the GRRIP Final Conference in Gran Canaria (Hybrid Event)
The GRRIP project is excited to announce the preliminary details for its final project conference. The project, which is set to conclude in December 2022, has overseen creation of 18 to 30 interventions related to gender equality (also, equality, diversity and inclusion), science communication and education, ethics and research integrity, open access, and public engagement in four research performing organisations (RPO) and one dual-function RPO and research funding organisation (RFO) in the marine and maritime sector. This has been achieved with the help of seven RRI expert partners in the GRRIP consortium. Representatives of the Quadruple Helix (higher educational institutes, private sector, government, and civil society) have been engaged in this project at various stages and in different research and innovation aspects.
Location: PLOCAN, Taliarte, s/n, 35214 Telde, Gran Canaria (Las Palmas), Spain
The conference aims to:
- Share the journey of RRI institutionalisation: assessing RRI baseline, identifying interventions, and implementing them.
- Exchange experiences of the challenges and opportunities in the RRI implementation activities.
- Present the monitoring and evaluation results.
- Provide a space to exchange ideas and practices with other Swafs projects and Quadruple Helix members.
- Launch the Marine and Maritime RRI community.
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Meet Our Speakers
Georgios Papanagnou, European Commission.
Talk Title: “RRI in Horizon Europe: Looking back and Future vision of Responsible Research Innovation”
Georgios Papanagnou is a Policy Officer on Open Science at the European Commission. He has worked for a number of years at DG Research and Innovation, with previous stops at UNESCO and academia, focusing on issues of democracy, fairness, participation in science etc. He holds a PhD in Political Science.
Stéphanie Gauttier, Grenoble Ecole de Management
Talk Title: “Involving early career researchers and senior management in RRI institutional changes: motivations and deterrence”
Stéphanie Gauttier is an Assistant Professor at Grenoble Ecole de Management doing research at the intersection of information systems, human-computer interaction, and ethics. She is also the Research Team Leader for the “Information Systems and Society” group. Stéphanie was part of the EU project Responsible-Industry where she worked on identifying incentives and hurdles to the implementation of the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) principles. She has led a working group on RRI within the Policy Working Group of the Marie Curie Alumni Association.
Stéphanie has participated in Social Labs on RRI and has given talks to other RRI projects. She is working on the EU project STREAM, where part of her role is to make sure that the RRI principles, and in particular ethics, are applied.
Luciano d’Andrea, Knowledge & Innovation (K&I)
Talk Title: “Self-assessment analysis of research organisations from an RRI perspective” (GRACE project)
Luciano d’Andrea is a senior social researcher at Knowledge & Innovation (K&I). His research interests concern fields at the crossroads of science, technology, and social change, such as science-society relations, science communication, urban development, and the application of AI technologies in different social spheres. He participated in various EC-funded projects on RRI, including PE2020, FIT4RRI, GRACE, and RESBIOS2, as well as gender equality in science and innovation, such as LIBRA, TRIGGER, and GE Academy.
Cristina Borrás Sardà, Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR)
Talk title: “A self-tailored RRI Roadmap for a Research Funding Organisation” (GRACE Project)
Cristina Borras is the Internationalization Area director at AGAUR, a public funding body for Higher Education and research in Catalonia. She has over 20 years of experience in European research management, both in the private and public sectors. She has been engaged in policy and governance, talent attraction, career development, mobility, and skills training initiatives. Her role encompasses institutionally strategically driven projects and the development of activities to support research and researchers’ careers. She has a proven track record in the development and implementation of a wide range of initiatives on research management and international collaboration. She is currently working on the implementation of institutional changes towards Responsible Research and Innovation, performing the Human Resource Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R), and contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.
She is a member of the Women and Science Committee for the development of women’s policies in the field of higher education and the research of the Interuniversity Council of Catalonia and part of the ‘Gender Equality Working Group in R+D+I Funds’, coordinated by the Spanish Ministry Network of Equality Policies between Women and Men in Community Funds.
Stephen Hughes, University College London
Talk Title: “The Responsible Quadruple Helix: Tensions and Opportunities“
Stephen is fascinated by cases where responsible innovation and public engagement with science are characterised by discomfort, difficulty, and controversy. He approaches these cases with novel methods which seek to uncover and respond to the emotional and conflictual dimensions of science-society issues.
Stephen has spent the last couple of years building UCL’s programme of responsible innovation. This includes the delivery of workshops and online courses to EPSRC-funded centres for doctoral training (CDTs) and the development of commercial short courses for industry which encourages organisations to ask difficult questions about equity, justice, and responsibility in science and innovation.
He teaches public engagement and responsible innovation to undergraduate and postgraduate students across faculties. Stephen is a member of the department’s Equality and Equities Committee.
Stephen has a PhD and MSc in Science Communication from Dublin City University, where he explored public engagement with controversial technologies such as fracking.
Alice Sheppard, University College London
Talk Title: “Engaging Citizens in Research: Explorations and experiences in Citizen Science” (HEIDI Project)
Alice Sheppard has been the Community Manager at the Extreme Citizen Science research group, at University College London, since 2016. She has loved citizen science and public participation in research since 2007 when she began managing the Galaxy Zoo project’s first iteration of a large online astronomy citizen science community. With an original background as a citizen scientist rather than a researcher, Alice is especially interested in the needs and perspectives of citizen scientists, and their pathways to deep engagement, and what non-professional researchers gain from participation in projects.
Alice is the author of the eu-citizen.science short course “Volunteer Engagement, Management and Care” and gives training webinars and lectures on topics for researchers such as communication, accessibility and public events, and especially enjoys giving public talks to introduce non-scientists to citizen science and build their confidence. She is currently working on the HEIDI Project, which aims to upskill HEI staff and students and community members in citizen science and digital action. Alice is also interested in popular science writing, science communication, the history of science and in astronomy, and is the author of the Society for Popular Astronomy magazine’s long-running “Citizen Science” column.
Donia Latsinger, Wiener Wissenschafts-forschungs und Technologiefonds (WWTF)
Talk Title: “The question of openness and gender – the perspectives of a regional funding agency“ (Co-Change Project)
Donia Lasinger is deputy managing director of the Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF). Her work includes the responsibility for the prestigious career grant program “Vienna Research Groups”, the revision of the new funding guideline, the establishment of the first gender equality plan and the newly introduced open innovation policy. In addition to her funding activities, she is also involved in juries, boars, studies, evaluations and consulting activities at WWTF GmbH and manages various projects, including the EU-funded GEECCO and Co-Change projects in the field of gender mainstreaming and further RRI topics like open innovation. She studied business sciences in Austria and Ireland and specialized in strategy and innovation management. During and after her doctoral studies she worked as strategy and management consultant on a national and international level.
Mila Grahovac, University of Novi Sad
Talk Title: “Gender equality and open access: from small talk to institutionalisation at Faculty of Agriculture”, University of Novi Sad, Serbia (Co-Change Project)
Dr. Mila Grahovac is an associate professor of phytopathology at the University of Novi Sad, Faculty of Agriculture (PFNS). Her area of expertise in phytopathology is eco-friendly alternative control of phytopathogenic fungi and bacteria, detection and identification of new, invasive phytopathogenic species threatening Europe and Serbia (quarantine pests), control of mycotoxigenic fungal species on different agricultural commodities and responsible research and innovation (RRI). Besides scientific experience in phytopathology attested by scientific publications in top international journals and significant projects, Mila is also very active in supporting agricultural producers in their everyday challenges and is carefully listening to their needs in meeting the growing demands of the global market, which resulted in the developing four technical solutions. She is often publically engaged in presenting cutting-edge technologies currently available in the control of plant diseases not only to the scientific community but also to the stakeholders and general public.
From 2018 she became actively involved initiation of RRI activities at PFNS, where she was particularly oriented towards gender equality issues. These activities resulted in participation in the Co-Change project within which true changes were initiated and institutionalized at PFNS. Mila is the president of gender equality board that was constituted at PFNS and was involved in gender equality plan drafting that was established in 2021. She is currently working on sustainability and dissemination of the changes. She is also inspiring and supporting changes in the area of science education, public engagement and open access.
Erich Griessler, Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS)
1. "Challenges and opportunities to implementing RRI practices in organisations in a rapidly changing EU policy context"
2. "Social Lab as means for stakeholder involvement to support RRI” Experiences from NewHoRRIZon Project"
Dr. Erich Griessler is a sociologist and head of the research group “Science, Technology and Social Transformation” at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna, Austria. He is and was involved in several projects on RRI and published book chapters and articles on the topic. He coordinated the recently completed EU-funded project NewHoRRIzon (www.newhorrizon.eu).
Ingeborg Meijer, Leiden University
Talk Title: “Insights from the Swafs ecosystem”, SuperMORRI
Dr. Ingeborg Meijer is a seasoned researcher and research policy analyst with more than 25 years of experience in the public (Advisory Council on Health Research in the Netherlands), private (Technopolis Group), and university (CWTS, Leiden University) sector. As a policy analyst, her work includes strategic studies and evaluations of innovation programmes and research institutes at the national and European level, as well as extensive benchmarking of R&I policy initiatives, such as Responsible Research and Innovation, Open Science and Citizen Science. She brings ample experience to the table in managing complex studies where various parties, partners, and stakeholders are involved. She has a broad knowledge of working at the science-society interface, especially in transdisciplinary and participatory processes. As an interdisciplinary researcher, she focuses on the societal use of research, societal impact assessment, co-creation, and monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
Recent key (European) projects she was involved in include the development of indicators for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the MoRRI (Monitoring the Evolution and Benefits of Responsible Research and Innovation) project and its successor SUPER MoRRI; other H2020 SwafS projects on grounding RRI (NewHoRRIzon) and territorial RRI (CHERRIES and RIPEET), projects on Open Science and Open Data; and lately, the Mutual Learning Exercise MLE on Practices in Citizen Science
Anne Loeber, Vrije University
Talk Title: “Monitoring and evaluating RRI implementation: balancing meaningful measures with the relevance of stories” (NewHoRRIzon Project)
Anne Loeber is an associate professor in governance and sustainability at the Athena Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VUA). Her research explores the relations between knowledge, power and agency in the governance of highly complex societal issues notably in the field of food and agriculture. Insights into how knowledge co-creation and policy co-design may trigger reflexivity and learning she translates into methodologically innovative approaches to policy analysis and evaluation, that may inform dynamics of system transformation. She served as an advisor to national policymaking in the field of agriculture and water management and as an evaluator of a variety of experimental or adaptive policy programs in these domains, among others in close cooperation with the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. She holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (University of Amsterdam, 2004), based on a thesis on interactive Technology Assessment and its potential contribution to making the “sustainable development” concept operational in public policy and business. The thesis was awarded the second prize in the 2005 annual Political Science Award competition of the Dutch Political Science Association for the best Ph.D. thesis in the field. She is the editor (together with G. Spaargaren en P. Oosterveer) of a book on sustainability transitions in agriculture and food (Routlegde 2011).
Martin Galvin, University College Cork
Talk Title: “Higher Education Civic & Community Engagement as an Institutional Strategy: UCC’s journey towards supporting community engagement in research” (UNIC City Labs)
Dr. Martin Galvin is Head of Civic & Community Engagement at University College Cork, Ireland. He supports the university mission of local, national, and global ‘engagement’, working to deepen UCC’s presence in the community, and with a broad range of stakeholders, including NGOs, citizens, and government. He is UCC’s representative on the Irish Universities Association (IUA) Campus Engage Steering Committee. He is a member of the Irish Government’s National Volunteering Strategy Research Group and is a Higher Education Reform Expert with the EU Erasmus+ SHERE Programme. Martin leads the ‘Engaged Research’ strategy for the UNIC Alliance, a consortium of 10 European Universities and Cities that are working together to address the SDGs in urban contexts. Martin is an Adjunct Lecturer in Education. He previously worked in the US as an education leader, teacher and adult educator. He has published in leading journals, including the Journal of Education Policy.
Ildiko Ipolyi, European Science Foundation
Talk Title: “RRI governance changes in the ESF – Gender Equality and Ethics in focus” (GRACE project)
Ildi M Ipolyi is a Senior Science Officer with European Science Foundation, leads the inclusive Science (iScience) team/programme at the organization.
She coordinated the recently concluded GRACE – sister project to GRRIP – and TeRRItoria projects focussing on facilitating systemic institutional change by embedding Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) principles in Research Funding and Performing Organizations, and in the R&I ecosystems and governance structure of regions and territories, respectively.
The iScience team that Ildi leads implements a number of cornerstone activities in the frame of further RRI-focussed EC-funded projects, for example, Time4CS (citizen science), WBC-RRI.NET (RRI in the Western Balkans), OTTER (science education outside classroom), and beyond – coordinates UniSAFE, Resistire and ACCTING projects. With the beginning of 2023, Ildi and her team will start focussing on embedding their RRI-related knowledge and experience in various areas of research, specifically in relation to research ethics and integrity, gender equality, and citizen engagement.
lldi has an interdisciplinary scientific background: MSc in food technology, Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, and extensive experience in international network and data management in environmental sciences, science-policy interfacing, policy support and institutional change.
GRRIP Consortium Speakers
Eric Jensen, International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICORSA)
Talk Title: “Using surveys to explore RRI attitudes and practices in research organisations”
Prof. Eric A. Jensen has a global reputation in social research and impact evaluation. Jensen is currently a Senior Research Fellow at ICoRSA (International Consortium of Research Staff Associations – icorsa.org), contributing RRI, stakeholder analysis, evaluation, and public engagement expertise to the GRRIP and MUSICA projects. Jensen is a senior evaluation consultant for UNESCO, designing the extended monitoring framework for the Recommendation on Science and Scientific Researchers (RS/SR) and piloting the framework in six African countries.
As part of the RRING project (RRING.eu), he supported the development of the South African, Lithuanian, and Serbian RS/SR monitoring submissions. He also conducted the analysis of the first round of RS/SR monitoring submissions, preparing the draft report and recommendations for the UNESCO Executive Board. He is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick (Career Break) and a Civic Science Fellow at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His expertise spans themes relating to evidence-based science communication (see sciencecomm.science), public engagement, research impact, open science and responsible research and innovation policies and practices.
Jensen has worked for 20+ years in topics relating to international science communication and science policy. His PhD is in sociology from the University of Cambridge. His recent books include Science Communication: An Introduction (World Scientific) and Doing Real Research: A Practical Guide to Social Research (SAGE). Jensen has delivered training on research impact, science communication and evaluation for >10,000 researchers and other professionals (methodsforchange.org).
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Patrizia Grifoni, National Research Council of Italy
Talk Title: “A top-down survey tool to assess RRI maturity in organisations”
Patrizia Grifoni received her degree in Electronic Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza”. She is a Senior Researcher at the National Research Council of Italy since 1990. From 1994 to 1999 she was a contract professor of “Elaborazione digitale delle immagini” at the University of Macerata. She is the author of more than 300 publications which encompasses articles in international journals, book chapters, and conference papers. She has been responsible for fifteen European and National projects at CNR and is the coordinator of the project DECISO (Horizon Europe, GA number 101082232). Her main research interests are in Social Informatics and Computing, social media, and Social Networks, Responsible Research and Innovation, Gender Equality, Monitoring and assessment modelling and tools, Business Models, Sustainability, Digital ecosystems, Statistical databases, Geographic Information Systems, Web applications, Human Computer Interaction, Visual Interfaces, Accessing Web information, Medical Informatics.
Fernando Ferri, National Research Council of Italy
Talk Title: “A top-down survey tool to assess RRI maturity in organisations”
Fernando Ferri completed his degree in Electronics Engineering in 1990 and Ph.D. in Medical Informatics from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1993. He is the research director of the National Research Council of Italy. He was a contract professor from 1993 to 2000 of “Sistemi di Elaborazione” with the University of Macerata. He is the author of more than 350 publications, which include articles in international journals, book chapters, and conference papers. His main research areas are: Social Informatics and Computing, social media and Social Networks, Responsible Research and Innovation, Monitoring and assessment modeling and tools, Business models, Risk Management, Geographic Information Systems, Digital ecosystems, Web systems, Sustainability, Data and Knowledge Bases, Human-Computer Interaction, User Modelling, Visual Interfaces, Sketch-based interfaces, and Medical Informatics. He has coordinated three European research projects: MIDIR (FP6, Contract number: 036708), INCA (FP7, Contract number 070401/2008/507855), MARINA (H2020, GA number: 710566) and various national projects. He has chaired several scientific international conferences and workshops and edited several special issues in international scientific journals.
Silvia Martin, PLOCAN
Talk Title: “Preparing action plans and managing the process of change in PLOCAN”
Silvia Martín holds a degree in Business Management and another degree in Law. Silvia graduated at the Carlos III University of Madrid in 2007 and holds an Executive Master in Innovation and Tourism (Blue Economy). She worked in the private sector as a business strategy consultant and was specialised in the public sector and the high technology and communications industries. She joined the Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) in 2017 and since then she has worked as R&D project manager in several international projects granted through different Framework Programmes of the European Commission (e.g. ENTROPI, GRRIP, FORWARD, AANChOR, OPUS, AQUAWIND, PROTOATLANTIC). She is certified PRINCE2® Practitioner (PRojects IN Controlled Environments)
Franck Schoefs, IUML
Talk Title: “Evaluation of RRI in France’s marine and maritime funding calls”
Franck Schoefs graduated from ENS Cachan School in 1992. He obtained an M.Sc. degree in Coastal and Offshore Civil Engineering at the Ecole Centrale de Nantes and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Reliability of Offshore structures) in 1996 at Ifremer/Nantes Université. He joined Université de Nantes in 1998 as an assistant professor and became a full Professor in 2010.
From 2010 to 2020, he was the Head of the TRUST Group (Monitoring, Reliability and Structural Computation at GeM Laboratory) with 40 people. He initiated a group devoted to Structural Health Monitoring in complex (marine) environments. He was CEO of the national cluster related to Risk Management in Civil Engineering (MRGenCi) from 2013 to 2019.
He is CEO of the ‘Sea and Littoral Research Institute’ (850 researchers) since 2017. He is a Member of the Scientific Committee of the network of French Marine Universities (19 Universities) which represents the network at the European Marine Board.
Franck is Marine Renewable Energy advisor to the President of Université de Nantes since 2014 and member of the board of West Atlantic Marine Energy Community since is foundation (2015). He is involved in various EC (8, including 5 interreg projects) and national research projects (+20). He is on the expert panel of 6 international national research agencies (of Canada and Europe).
Franck’s main research topics are risk assessment, reliability, and monitoring the structural integrity of offshore and coastal structures and climate change impacts.
Ana Brito e Melo, WavEC Offshore Renewables
Talk Title: “Motivations of selecting specific RRI interventions in WavEC and learnings”
Ana Brito e Melo has a 5-year degree in Civil Engineering, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, with over 25 years of experience in marine renewable energies. She has research expertise in the area of numerical modeling and hydrodynamics of wave energy devices, acquired during her 10 years of collaboration with the wave energy team at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon. She joined WavEC in 2003 and she has been responsible for securing and executing services for major energy companies, developers, governments and public bodies. She was involved in top-level management activities (CEO at WavEC for 7 years). She became senior Advisor of the WavEC Board and head of Strategic Studies. She also holds the position of Executive Secretary of the International Energy Agency’s Ocean Energy Systems (OES) since 2002, an intergovernmental organization of 23 country members. She is a member of the Board of Ocean Energy Europe and a member of the Board of the national collaborative laboratory, +ATLANTIC.
Ruth Callaway, Swansea University
Talk Title: “Experience and insights from implementing the GRRIP survey to assess RRI maturity level at Department of Biosciences”
Ruth Callaway is a marine ecologist. Her research focuses on the biodiversity of the seafloor and shores. Currently, she is working on improving marine infrastructure like sea defences so that they become more valuable habitat for marine species (Ecostructure). She is a co-founder of the eco-engineering company BlueCube Marine Ltd. She characterised the faunal communities of the entire North Sea, and explored human impacts like fishing, dredging and wastewater discharge on biodiversity. She is keen to combine science and art. For her, developing projects that allow us to communicate across disciplines is a way to connect with the natural environment, and thereby address societal challenges like climate change at a local level. She is involved in the integration of research with societal needs in the H2020 project GRRIP.
Malcolm Fisk, De Montfort University
Talk Title: “GRRIP Interventions and Shaping the Action Plan Template”
Professor Malcolm Fisk works within the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University in Leicester, United Kingdom. His career embraces roughly equal periods in municipal government, academia, and the commercial sector – with his knowledge of the latter combined in his work as a leader and/or partner in multiple European Commission-funded projects. He is widely published and a regular, often keynote, speaker at international events.
Hub Zwart, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Talk Title: “Sharing the evaluation results of institutional change in the GRRIP project”
Hub Zwart (1960) studied philosophy and psychology at Radboud University Nijmegen and defended his thesis in 1993 (cum laude). In 2000 he became full Professor of Philosophy at the Faculty of Science RU Nijmegen. In 2018 he was appointed as Dean of Erasmus School of Philosophy (Erasmus University Rotterdam). He is editor-in-chief of the Library for Ethics and Applied Philosophy (Springer) and coordinator of the EU project IANUS (on fostering trust in science). His research develops a philosophical (dialectical) perspective on contemporary technoscience within the broader context of contemporary culture.
Xiaoyue Tan, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Talk Title: “Sharing the evaluation results of institutional change in the GRRIP project”
Dr. Xiaoyue Tan obtained her doctorate degree in Social Psychology at Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam in 2019. In 2020, she started to work at the Erasmus School of Philosophy (Erasmus University Rotterdam) as a multidisciplinary postdoctoral researcher. Her main expertise is in research design, data analysis, and data visualization in social sciences.
Indrani Mahapatra, MaREI, University College Cork
Talk Title: “Sharing experiences of conducting Quadruple Helix engagement workshop at MaREI”
Indrani is a Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at MaREI, at University College Cork, and Project Manager of GRRIP. She completed her interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham (UK) in 2016, where she estimated the potential environmental risks of nanomedicine by using a probabilistic mass flow model and suggested a framework for operationalising Responsible Innovation in the nanomedicine sector. Indrani has around 12 years of work experience in projects related to cleaner production in small-and-medium-scale enterprises (e.g., brick making, lead battery and e-waste recycling, aggregate production), environmental governance, occupational health and safety, and environmental life cycle assessment. At the University of Birmingham, her research focussed on nanomaterial safety and predictive models of nanomaterial risk assessment. As a Senior Consultant at Ernst and Young, she advised corporations (Indian and multinational) across sectors (e.g., Oil and gas, thermal power, mining, iron and steel, automotive, cement, chemicals, water and wastewater treatment, diversified heavy industrials) on corporate sustainability reporting and assured their sustainability performance. She has conducted feasibility studies of decentralised small-scale renewable energy plants, co-developed an eco-label for lead battery manufacturers, assessed human health risks from pollution (involving identification of the determinants of health and well-being using participatory exercises) and implemented related interventions (with gender lens) to help improve human health.
Paul Bolger, UCC Environmental Research Institute
Talk Title: "RRI implementation at MaREI: barriers and opportunities"
Dr. Paul Bolger is a manager of the UCC Environmental Research Institute which hosts the SFI MaREI Centre of Energy, Climate and Marine. He has a Ph.D. in Chemistry and a Master in Business Administration and has worked across academia, industry, and government for over 25 years developing long-term research solutions for global sustainability challenges. In GRRIP, he advised on the selection of RRI interventions. He is currently the principal investigator on a number of research projects on climate change and the circular economy including Imagining 2050 which is envisioning pathways for a zero-carbon Ireland, and NEWTRIENTS which is exploring the valorisation of dairy industry wastewater. Dr. Bolger is interested in how inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches can be used to create more impactful outcomes for environmental and sustainability research. He teaches a module on Leadership for Sustainability as part of the HDip for Sustainability in Enterprise at UCC. He is a US-Ireland Fulbright Scholar and a member of the Royal Irish Academy Climate Change and Environmental Sciences Committee.