The workshops are part of an ongoing collaboration between RMIT and BIST which aims to promote networking among both institutes’ PhD students carrying out research in the fields of engineering, natural sciences, and life sciences. The initiative also forms part of The International Perspectives in Science study tour at RMIT and the PREBIST COFUND Programme at BIST.

The two courses that were held for students from both institutes this week were: a workshop on best practises and co-creation for Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI), on September 16th, and a workshop to learn about start-up research on September 18th.

The first workshop adapted learnings from the GoNano Project to inform participants about the problems that arise when research, development and innovation (R&D&I) is carried out unilaterally; and the increasing need to include societal, as well as professional stakeholders in the R&D&I process. Participants were introduced to the key concepts and definitions of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and co-creation, and put them into practice through a series of creative design sessions.

The second workshop allowed participants to use the latest methodologies and tools used by innovative companies while designing and implementing products and services. Participants were introduced to key concepts and definitions of current entrepreneurship and innovation jargon, and put them into practice as a continuation of the previous sessions. Using the outcomes of the first workshop, participants explored routes to potentially sustainable business models for their project ideas.

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