The PARRISE consortium had its final, public conference in August 2017, in Dublin, Ireland. The event was coupled with the biennial conference of the “European Science Education Research Association” (ESERA 2017), thus providing the opportunity to many science educators and researchers from around the world to participate in both events. As a result, the PARRISE final conference, titled “Science & Society in Education: Promoting Responsible Research & Innovation through Science Education” attracted around 140 delegates (academics, researchers, science teachers, and policy makers) from Europe, Asia, the USA, and Australia.
Bringing science and society to the science classroom was the challenge of the PARRISE project partners when the project kicked off, almost four years ago. The 18 PARRISE partners from 11 countries embarked on a long journey, to investigate how to integrate “Responsible Research and Innovation” (RRI) in Teacher Professional Development (TPD) programmes for primary and secondary science teachers. For this purpose, the “Socio-Scientific Inquiry-Based Learning” (SSIBL) pedagogical approach was developed, tested, revised and validated by the PARRISE partners during two rounds of TPD programmes.
During the PARRISE final conference in Dublin, the innovative SSIBL approach was presented in relation to the goals and the philosophy of the PARRISE project. At the same time, the participants discussed the main outcomes of the project and deliberated on the implications of the PARRISE work about the integration of RRI ideas in teachers’ professional development but also in student learning practices. In addition, a set of parallel workshops was organized focusing on different PARRISE-related topics, such as “Raising authentic questions”, “Mapping controversies”, “Arguments in motion”, “Effective TPD culture”, and “Climate schools and climate regions”. Finally, PARRISE teacher educators had the opportunity to present and discuss their RRI TPD models, and PARRISE teachers had the opportunity to present the SSIBL learning materials they had developed during a lively poster session.