Promoting RRI

across the ICT Research Community

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) aims to ensure the sustainability, acceptability and desirability of research processes and outputs. ORBIT provides training, consultancy and other RRI services to both university and industry research and innovation teams to help ensure that RRI principles are embedded in development from the earliest possible point.


ORBIT (the Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation) has been commissioned by the EPSRC to provide leadership in the promotion and application of responsible research and innovation practices to the information and communication technology (ICT) community. In order to achieve this goal, ORBIT has developed a series of key services:

The ORBIT Journal

The ORBIT journal is an open online resource that allows scholars, practitioners and others who are interested in RRI to exchange experience, good practice and other ideas about RRI.

Workshops & Courses

Our series of courses and workshops take you from the Introduction of RRI and its priniciples. Each course and workshop further assists you with embedding RRI into small, medium and large ICT grant proposals.

Industry Focused

ORBIT offers a variety of Industry focused services to organisations looking to explore ethical implications including Consultancy, Ethical Framework Evaluation and the Safety and Assurance of Autonomous Systems

Latest News & Articles

The ORBIT Journal publishes original research and contributions in the area of responsible research and innovation in ICT. It forms part of the overall ORBIT project, which aims to foster a culture of RRI in the ICT research community and beyond. In order to connect with the community, ORBIT uses a fully double blind process of peer review.

It is an online gold open access journal. At least for the period from 2017 to 2020, while the ORBIT project is supported by the UK Engineering and Phyical Sciences Research Council, the ORBIT journal will not charge article processing fees.

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Events & Conferences

Past Workshops & Events

Q&A with Ethics Rapporteurs: Neurorobotics

What ethical and societal questions scientists, engineers and developers in the Human Brain Project (HBP) encounter in their work? How do they deal with them? T...

100+ Brilliant Women in AI & Ethics: Conference 2019 Video Highlights

On September 16th, 2019, ORBIT was proud to bring together some of the most eminent women working in AI ethics. Coming from all over the world, these women are ...

HDSR – Special issue 1 – COVID-19: Unprecedented Challenges and Chances

Special free Covid-19 issue from @TheHDSR covering the probability of vaccine success, testing for new therapies, discussions from leading epidemiologists and u...

ORBIT Delivers First RRI Hackathon for Royal Holloway

In partnership with the Cyber Security for the Everyday CDT, ORBIT successfully delivered our first online Hackathon. Many thanks to all that attended and congr...

Operationalising RRI Tools and Techniques Webinar

In the latest of the ORBIT Webinar series Martin DeHeaver, managing director of ORBIT RRI, talks about operationalising RRI tools and techniques.

Innovation in the Human Brain Project (HBP)

Guillermo Velasco & Bárbara Gasset As the HBP is entering its last phase, the relevance of innovation activities grows. Two years ago, the HBP created the I...