Thank you all for joining us!

“Facing the Challenge: Obstacles and Opportunities of RRI in Scientific Institutions” This was the motto of the NUCLEUS Annual Conference in Hannover, 5-6 October 2017. Enjoy the spirit of co-creation and creativity in our picture gallery!

All conference-presentations are available in the NUCLEUS Reports section

NUCLEUS’ goal is a long-term, sustainable culture of responsible research in universities, and this is dependent on understanding the perspectives of all interacting stakeholders from policymaking, civil society, media, economy and public engagement. Come meet a community of like-minded individuals who are developing a New Understanding of Communication, Learning and Engagement in Universities and Scientific Institutions. The process has already begun with our diverse consortium, and we hope that you will join us next!



NUCLEUS Annual Conference 2017

Facing the Challenge: Obstacles and opportunities of RRI in scientific institutions



Pre-Conference Programme

Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall)

15:00 – 18:30 Pre-Conference Workshop for Mobile Nuclei
This workshop addresses partners who will conduct a Mobile Nucleus with their institution. Registration is required; please email EUSEA Project Officer Andrea Troncoso (email)
15:00 – 18:30 Advisory Committee and Executive Board Meetings
19:00 – 22:00 Social get-together at Meiers Lebenslust
Registration required.

Programme: Day 1

Ada and Theodor Lessing Volkshochschule (“Grosser Saal” Room)

Conference facilitator: Jon Rea (Nottingham City Council, UK)

8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 9:10 Welcome Speech
Mayor Thomas Hermann, City of Hannover, Chairman of the Council
9:10 – 9:30 Introduction
Alexander Gerber (Rhine-Waal University, Germany)
9:30 – 10:15 Keynote Speech: RRI – old wine in new bottles?
Jaqueline Broerse (VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands) 
Jacqueline Broerse is professor of innovation and communication in the health and life sciences and Director of the Athena Institute, VU University Amsterdam. Her current research is focused on methodology development for responsible research and innovation and in particular facilitating public engagement in science. Her second focus is on the management of system change processes, in order to contribute to more open, equitable and inclusive innovation processes. Jacqueline Broerse is involved in various EU-funded projects on Responsible Research and Innovation.
10:15 – 10:35 RRI Empowerment Exercise
Interactive group audit to explore how and why RRI is practiced among the conference participants, from both a personal and institutional perspective
10:35 – 11:15 Judging the Socially Responsible Nature of Research and Innovation: Options and Obstacles
Martin Carrier (Bielefeld University, Germany)
Results and recommendations from the NUCLEUS interdisciplinary study on RRI barriers
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee Break
11:30 – 12:30 Crossing Borders, Transcending Boundaries: Results from the Cross-Cultural Adaptation of the Interdisciplinary Study
Anne Dijkstra and Mirjam Schuijff (University of Twente, Netherlands), Yin Lin, (China Research Institute for Science Popularization, CRISP, China), Shadrack McKansi (South African Association for Technology Advancement, SAASTA)
Panel discussion with consortium members from China and South Africa
12:30 – 13:00 Plenary Discussion of Study Results
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 RRI Opportunities, Obstacles and Barriers: Let’s Address and Overcome them!
Interactive Session to develop recommendations derived from the RRI studies
15:00 – 15:50 From Concept to Reality: The NUCLEUS Implementation Roadmap
Caitriona Mordan (Dublin City University, Ireland), Heather Rea (University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK), Ken Skeldon (Wellcome Genome Campus, UK) and Anne Dijkstra (University of Twente, Netherlands)
15:50 – 16:10 Coffee Break
16:10 – 17:30 Planning for Change
Insights from the Institutions who will host an “Embedded Nucleus” from 2017-2019
17:30 End of daily programme
17:30 – 18:45 Guided walking tour of the old town and a visit to New Town Hall
19:00 – 22:00 Dinner at the Der Gartensaal Restaurant in New Town Hall
Registration required

Programme: Day 2


Conference facilitator: Jon Rea (Nottingham City Council, UK)

9:00 – 10:00 Keynote Speech: Die Wilde Skaapies van die Groot Karoo: Big Science, Human Development, and the Rule of Unintended Consequences
Michael Gastrow (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Michael Gastrow is a Chief Research Specialist in the Education and Skills Development research programme of the Human Sciences Research Council, South Africa. His research focus is on the public understanding of science, science communication, innovation, and skills development. Michael  Gastrow is currently leading research into the human development aspects of the Square Kilometre Array telescope. He is also leading the development of a monitoring and evaluation framework for the South African Department of Science and Technology’s Science Promotion Directorate.
9:45 – 10:45 Petri Dishes of RRI: Introduction of the Mobile Nuclei
Andrea Troncoso (EUSEA, Austria), Ricarda Ziegler (Wissenschaft im Dialog, Germany), Leonardo Alfonsi (Psiquadro, Italy). Presentation of 4-7 Mobile Nuclei concepts
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00 Podium Discussion with other RRI projects:
Andrea Riccio, Fit4rri (; Ellen-Marie Forsberg, rri-practice(; Martin Bergmann, ORION ( Podium Discussion will present three running RRI Projects funded by the European Commission. The panel will reflect the findings and approaches of these programmes in relation to the NUCLEUS approach.
12:00 – 13:00 Interactive Roundup-Session: Are We Ready to Face the Challenge?
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 General Assembly and Management Report
Open to NUCLEUS consortium members only!
16:00 End of Daily Programme
18:30 – 20:30 Visit of the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen (Herrenhausen Gardens) with the Glowing Garden as the highlight
Registration required



Planning your stay

Participants are responsible for reserving their own accommodation. We have secured a limited number of rooms with specially discounted conference rates, including breakfast, in hotels near the Ada und Theodor Lessing Volkshochschule conference venue. Please book early in order to ensure your reservation and discounted rate.

To receive the conference rate, please book directly through the hotel using the code NUCLEUS Conference by the date indicated.

Cityhotel Thüringer Hof

Rate: 72 € (book by 11 September, 2017)
Address: Osterstraße 37, 30159 Hannover
Contact: Phone +49 511 36 06 0; Email

Lühmann´s Hotel am Rathaus

Rate: 82 € (book by 2 August, 2017)
Address: Friedrichswall 21, 30159 Hannover
Contact: Phone +49 511 32 62 68; E-Mail


Concorde Hotel Am Leineschloss

Rate: 89 € (book by 23 August, 2017)
Address: Am Markte 12, 30159 Hannover
Contact: Phone +49 511 3 57 91 0; Email


Guide to Hotel Locations


Getting around Hannover

From airport to central station:

The S5 – S-Bahn suburban train (Hannover Airport Line) runs every 30 minutes and takes you straight to the Hannover central station. The journey takes around 18 minutes. The S-Bahn at the airport is situated in Terminal C. Tickets are available at the train station.

For more information and timetables, please visit the Deutsche Bahn Website.

Within the City:

Purchasing GVH tickets allows you to access the city´s Üstra public transportation system of trams and buses. A single ticket costs between €2.60 and €4.30, while a day ticket costs between €5.20 and €8.40.

For more information, timetables and system maps, please visit the GVH website.

Conference Venues and Social Events

Get to know Hannover and your fellow attendees

Conference Venues

Ada und Theodor Lessing Volkshochschule (VHS)

Lifelong learning is the core theme of the VHS, the public institution for continuous education run by the City of Hannover. Located in the middle of the old town, the VHS offers a wide range of programs for further education and offers skills and training courses. Refugees learn German and are supported in preparing for study or apprenticeship. Young people without advanced school degrees are trained to succeed in future exams. Citizens are encouraged to learn more languages and to support the City’s international openness! Issues of public, political and scientific interest are discussed and transformed into city life, and the VHS Anna Leine Café is one of Hannover’s successful participation projects, giving 24 people with disabilities the opportunity to work and develop new skills.

Learn more about the VHS Venue

Ada and  Theodor Lessing founded the first Volkshochschule in the worker and industry dominated district of Hannover-Linden in 1919 and had to flee fascist Germany in 1933. Their guiding principle still leads the work of the VHS today: “Knowledge is power, knowledge is freedom, education is beauty”.

Take a chance to visit our exhibition “Leibniz in the best of company” in the big hall of the VHS and learn about life and work of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646-1716), the most prominent scientist in Hannover and one of the most important scholars in his time. Leibniz inventing the binary code (counting only with “1” and “0”), made major contributions to physics and technology and anticipated concepts that surfaced much later in philosophy, probability theory, biology, medicine, geology, psychology, linguistics and computer science. Leibniz would have loved to contribute in our research for the DNA of RRI in the science and social community.


New Town Hall of Hannover

The New Town Hall – seat of the lord mayor and the center of administration of Hannover – was built at the beginning of the 20th century (1901-1913) in the opulent style of the Wilhelmine period.  In the main hall, four town models show the history of Hannover from 1689 until today. The top of the dome reaches 97,73 meters (320 ft.), and the diagonal lift in the town hall’s dome is unique in the world. At a 17-degree angle it covers the 43 meters up to the gallery at the top of the dome. This special elevator takes visitors up to the viewing platforms that are located above the dome. At the top visitors are rewarded with a fantastic view of the city and its sights.


Grosser Garten

The Herrenhausen Gardens, comprising Georgengarten, Welfengarten, Berggarten and the Grosser Garten, are an internationally famous ensemble of garden arts and culture that rank among the most important historical gardens in Europe. The Herrenhausen Gardens are Hannovers´s top attraction and have been a striking example of grand horticultural style for over 300 years. The jewel in Hannover’s crown, in 2015 they received the European Garden Award.

Learn more about the Grosser Garten
Hannover has an exceptional woman to thank for the greatest treasure that the city of Hannover possesses: Electress Sophie (1630-1714), creator of the Baroque gardens that are a magnet for tourists from all over the world. Herrenhausen in Sophie’s times was the stage of European high politics and meeting place of the arts and sciences. Here, Tsar Peter the Great danced with Sophie; George Frideric Handel composed and played; the high aristocracy of Europe was entertained; and the polymath Leibniz pondered on philosophy and science as he paced the garden. Just like the ladies and gentlemen of the court in centuries gone by, visitors today can stroll around amidst opulently designed beds, splendid sculptures and artistically clipped, illuminated hedges.

Social Events

Evening Pub Get-together (pre-conference)

4 October, 7pm at Meiers Lebenslust

Meiers Lebenslust is a restaurant and local brewery with a view at the beautiful New Town Hall.  For a gentle start into the conference and in order to get to know each other, we hope to meet you at this local pub to enjoy some food and up to three different kinds of locally-brewed beer. (Self-paid)

Guided Walking Tour

5 October, 5:30pm – 6:45pm (meet after the conference)

Get to know Hannover better through a guided walking tour of the Old Town district and the New Town Hall.

Dinner at the New Town Hall

5 October, 7pm – 10pm at Der Gartensaal

Meet for dinner at the Restaurant “Der Gartensaal” in the “New” Town Hall, which is actually already over a century old! A walk through the nice park next to the Town Hall is always enjoyable. To encourage the social atmosphere, Science City Hannover will subsidize the costs of dinner for all participants, bringing the fee down to €25/person paid directly in the restaurant.

Visit to the Royal Gardens

6 October, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at the Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen

The Royal Gardens of Herrenhausen are an internationally famous ensemble of garden arts and culture that rank among the most important historical gardens in Europe.  They have been a striking example of grand horticultural style for over 300 years, and in 2015 received the European Garden Award.  The impressive illumination of the Glowing Garden takes place during the summer months. After sunset, the wonderful fountains, sparkling springs, mysterious hedges and impressive statues are majestically lit, with baroque music adding to the special atmosphere for an hour. As part of the visit, we will meet with the Director of the Garden at the beginning for a tour and short introduction to the historical garden. An unforgettable experience!


Get to know Science City Hannover


Hannover applied this year to host the relocating European Medical Agency. Get a taste for Hannover in this short video produced for the application:


Science City Hannover

The Science City Initiative consists of all nine universities in Hannover, several research institutes, counselling centers, foundations, and the municipality. Since 2007, its objectives have been to boost Hannover’s attractiveness as a centre of scientific excellence, enhance general conditions for students, advance internationalisation, open up institutes of higher education and science to and in the city, and to foster cooperation between science and industry. Various projects and events build up a continuous linkage between science and city structures and the strategic entrenchment of Hannover’s academic landscape into the city’s policy. The lighthouse project of the network is its video portal, which provides an insight into day-to-day scientific and research activities with 555 HD video-clips produced for this exclusive channel. Every two years in November, Hannover becomes a showcase for some 70 facilities from universities, scientific, educational and cultural institutions. For three weeks, the November of Science attracts around 40,000 visitors.

For video clips and more information on this exciting initiative, visit the Science City Hannover video portal.

Learn more about the Science City Hannover initiative on the city website.

Want to stay longer or see more during your stay? Visit the official tourism website.