Get to know them!

GIULIA BUBBOLINI – Keynote Speaker and “Mainstreaming RRI into policy” Workshop Leader

Giulia Bubbolini is head of EU and Public-Funded Projects at CISE – Centre for Innovation and Economic Development, Agency of the Chamber of Commerce of Romagna, Italy.

With a degree in Economics and Trade and post-graduate training on SME Internationalisation, Giulia’s expertise in responsible innovation comes directly from the field, from years of supporting small businesses to compete in the global market, using various methods for responsible business and innovation processes. Her professional experience has long focused on supporting enterprises to meet the global market’s increasing demand for sustainability and social accountability. Her current professional environment is a public body supporting innovation and supplying CSR certification services: support to responsible innovation emerged naturally from this background.

Giulia has been leading European Territorial Cooperation projects promoting responsible innovation since 2012. CISE is committed to mainstreaming responsible innovation into innovation and SME support programmes across Europe, thanks to the ongoing projects Interreg Europe MARIE and Interreg Central Europe ROSIE.


PAUL MANNERS – Keynote Speaker

Paul Manners is Associate Professor in Public Engagement at UWE Bristol and founding director of the UK’s National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE).  He´s been supporting universities to embed innovative approaches to involving the public in their work since 2008, working closely with UK funders and policy makers to support developments in open science, RRI and Public Engagement with STEM.  Paul has been responsible for a number of broadcast-led public engagement campaigns.  He is also chair of the National Trust’sadvisory group on Collections and Interpretation.


MARÍA ACASO – Keynote Speaker

María Acaso has over twenty years of experience working on education issues. Since the beginning of her training at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid she has been convinced that the current education system is outdated and in need of an urgent change of paradigm. Her main interest is to promote this chage of paradigm in the teaching community. She is the author of a number of books, most recently of “rEDUvolution: hacer la revolución en la educación” (Paidos, 2013) that are an inspiration for teachers.

BERNIE QUILLINAN – Conference Moderator and ” Preparing communities to effectively engage with institutions” Workshop Leader

Bernie Quillinan is a senior lecturer in the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, UL. She is also module leader for the UL Practicum and its currently UL´s representative on the Irish National Campus Engage Steering Committee.

Bernie sits on the Irish National Engaged Learning Work Group, and was on the core development team and lead facilitator for the National Science Foundation Ireland / Campus Engage STEM Participate Programme (2015-2017) on Community Engaged Learning.  Professionally, Bernie is registered as a mental health and general nurse and has worked as a nurse lecturer for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in clinical nurse practice, nursing management and education in the Health Service sector in Ireland and the U.K. Her academic management experience includes Course Director for undergraduate nursing programmes and Head of the Nursing and Midwifery Department in the University of Limerick from 2004-2010. Over the last 30 years Bernie has played a key role in nursing and health related education in Ireland and has had Ministerial appointments to sit on the National Council for Nursing and Midwifery and Healthy Ireland National Steering Group. She is the founding Course Director for the University community partnership, National award winning programme “Diploma in Community Wellness, Leadership and life skills (CWELL) programme”.


CLAIRE O’CONNELL – “Developing RRI media-training for researchers” Workshop Leader

Dr Claire O’Connell is a scientist-turned-writer with a PhD in cell biology from University College Dublin and a Master’s degree in science communication from Dublin City University. She writes for Silicon Republic and The Irish Times and was named Irish Science Writer of the Year in 2016. For several years, Claire has provided science media training for researchers and institutions in Ireland who are seeking to increase their engagement with the public.



BÁLINT BÁLAZS – “Preparing evidence from participatory research for meaningful impact” Workshop Leader

Senior Researcher and Managing Director of ESSRG. He has international research experience in EU projects in the field of sustainable and local food systems, transition to sustainability and policy analysis, as well as public engagement, science-policy dialogues, cooperative research and participatory action research. He is a board member of the Environment & Society Research Network of the European Sociological Association. He is the country contact person for “Living Knowledge”, the International Network of Science Shops.


LUIZA BENGTSSON – “Motivate the public, administrators and researchers’ engagement through arts” Workshop Leader

Dr Luiza Bengtsson (Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC)) is a Work Package Leader for the ORION Open Science project. The work package responsible for developing training to support and encourage Open Science and best research practice in Life Science RFPOs. Biochemist, science communicator & science educator; lecturer & educational program developer; work experience and educational background in Germany, Sweden, Poland and USA. A passionate networker and communicator on a mission to promote knowledge and education for all.

JAN RIISE – Policy Lab Facilitator and workshop leader “Integrate responsible research in urban sustainability practice”

Jan Riise is Manager for Engagement at Mistra Urban Futures, a research centre for sustainable urban development at Chalmers University of Technology, since 2016. He has an extensive background in science communication and public engagement, including co-founding of the Gothenburg International Science Festival, president and director of the European Science Events Association 2008-2010 and 2013-2015, and project management tasks in several EU funded projects in FP7 and Horizon 2020. He is a member of the scientific committee of PCST, the global network for Public Communication of Science and Technology, and of the Advisory Boards of European Citizen Science Association and Intersection, an international action tank based in Serbia for the promotion of responsible research and innovation, evidence-based policies and to strengthen the links between science and society. Jan Riise has a BA in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Gothenburg. Jan Riise is particularly interested in participation in and the exchange and promotion of knowledge for sustainable development in a societal context. This means including several stakeholders in the processes of governance as well as co-production of knowledge and making that knowledge accessible, relevant and useful.

CATHERINE BATES – “Embedding RRI in Curricula” Workshop leader

Dr Catherine Bates has been co-ordinator of DIT’s Programme for Students Learning  withCommunities ( since 2008, and managed the DIT Access and Civic Engagement Office for one year during that time. Catherine has coordinated DIT’s involvement in two EU-funded projects supporting community engaged research: the Enhancing Responsible Research and Innovation through Curricula in Higher Education (EnRRICH) project (2015-2018) and the Public Engagement in Research and Research Engagement with Society project (2010-2014). Catherine co-managed DIT’s hosting of the 7th International Living Knowledge conference on engaged research in June 2016. Catherine has presented nationally and internationally, and published, on DIT’s work in curriculum-based engagement (available at and Catherine previously worked for ten years as a lecturer in design theory and history, and for two years as coordinator of a community education programme for women in recovery from drug addiction.



AUKE POLS – “Develope and sharing RRI best practice studies” Workshop Leader

Auke Pols is a postdoc in the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation group at Wageningen University, the Netherlands, on the project ‘RRI Practice’ ( Aim of this project is to understand the barriers and drivers to the successful implementation of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in research and funding organisations in Europe and beyond. Earlier, Auke has worked on two RRI projects at Eindhoven University of Technology, for which he has investigated ethical aspects of biofuel governance, production and use; and ethical aspects of using smart grids for alleviating energy poverty in rural India.






DR. FRANKE VAN DER MOLEN – “Develope and sharing RRI best practice studies” Workshop Leader

Dr. Franke van der Molen was trained in Science and Technology Studies, and subsequently worked as a consultant and as a scientific advisor to the Dutch Government. His PhD research at the University of Groningen focused on knowledge-governance interactions in the Dutch Wadden Sea area. He currently works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Radboud University Nijmegen, focusing on the implementation of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in research and innovation policies and organizations. His current work mainly takes place in the context of the H2020-project RRI-Practice.




DR. CLARE SHELLEY-EGAN – “Develope and sharing RRI best practice studies” Workshop Leader

Dr. Clare Shelley-Egan is a Senior Researcher at the Research Group on Responsible Innovation at Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway. She obtained a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Twente, the Netherlands.  Clare’s research involves understanding ethics and governance issues of new and emerging technologies, with a particular emphasis on their responsible embedding in society. She is currently formal coordinator of the RRI-Practice project.