Current Summer School 2019


Responsible Innovation Cultures

The 5th annual German Summer School of Higher Education Research and Science Studies (HERSS) will be hosted by the Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM). The school will focus on the question of how responsible innovation cultures can be established within institutions of higher education and research, such as universities, and will explore what responsibility in research, development and training might look like in different situated institutional contexts.
The summer school will debate the meaning of ‘responsible research and innovation’ (RRI) beyond the mere reiteration of a buzz word and critically and constructively examine what a reorientation towards social responsibility within institutional cultures of higher education and research might entail. Participants will be offered talks by and workshops with research leaders in the field of RRI and can engage in RRI themselves through the experimental practices of design thinking and prototyping.

In various talks and workshops, the summer school will address questions like:

  • Responsible Research Innovation: hype or hope?
  • Who’s responsible? Exploring the role of different actors within responsible innovation cultures
  • Who's included? RRI and public engagement
  • RRI in a global context: Responsibility, knowledge and global power structures
  • Training for RRI? Responsible innovation cultures in higher education

Participants will learn about social responsibility within different academic institutional contexts in small interactive workshops. In discussion panels, they will have the opportunity to present and discuss their ongoing research projects with selected groups of fellow participants and advanced scholars from their field. In addition, they will hear talks by leading scholars in the field, experiment with design thinking training, and get to know TUM and Munich through campus visits and after-school activities.

Further Information

The Summer School 2019 will take place from 14 to 18 October at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).


The summer school addresses particularly PhD students, early-career postdocs, and science policy experts/practitioners. The Participants will have the opportunity to present a paper or poster and receive expert feedback on their work. Participation without presentation or poster is also possible if announced in advance (no short term cancellations of presentations). Presentations and posters can address the summer school topic and related questions, but are not restricted to these topics. Paper presentations will have up to 15 minutes for their presentation plus discussion time. Poster presenters will have 5 minutes for their presentations and shared discussion of all posters will follow. Posters will remain exhibited throughout the summer school period.

Further Information



The application process is completed.

Further Information


Participants, who present (presentation or poster), will receive 5 ECTS credit points.


  • Coffee, lunch, and conference dinner are included (We will serve vegetarian/vegan food).
  • The Summer School offers a limited number of Travel Grants. The Travel Grant is for participants who have no other means of covering their travel expenses. It can reimburse up to 400 euros of actually incurred travel costs directly related to the participation in the Summer School (application via application form).
  • If you seek advice on child care at TUM during the event, please let us know!