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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Past Workshops & Events

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Technological responses to COVID-19: the need for responsible innovation

The COVID-19 pandemic occurs at a time when there is also a massive availability of ICT tools and technologies. As a result, all over the world, programmers, en...

PhD Studentship in Responsible Research and Innovation

De Montfort University, Leicester Another great opportunity to join the Human Brain Project (HBP), an EU funded Future and Emerging Technologies Flagship, as a ...

Paving the Way for the Good Work of the HBP Ethics Advisory Board to roll on …

‘Old’ and ‘new’ HBP Ethics Advisory Board members meeting with the Ethics Support team in London, September 2019 Shamim Patel The Human Brain Project’s (HBP) Et...

Responsible AI Frontrunner Internship @ DMU

Responsible AI Frontrunner Juliana Nnadi at the HBP Curriculum workshop in Graz (Austria) 2019. Photo credits: HBP Education Are you a student at De Montfort Un...

Ethics & RRI @ HBP Open Day and Summit 2020

Last week from 2nd to 6th February the Human Brain Project’s (HBP) Ethics Support team was at the HBP Open Day and Summit 2020 in Athens, Greece. These events p...

Two PhD scholarships in ethics & RRI of research infrastructures, AI & data

HBP Ethics Support team meeting with the Ethics Advisory Board Would you like to do a PhD in ethics and Responsible Research and Innovation of research infrastr...

Ethics Support at the HBP Open Day and Summit 2020

Next week the HBP Ethics Support team will be at the annual HBP Open Day (Monday, 3 February) and HBP Summit (Tuesday to Thursday, 4-6 February) which this time...

Global Harmonization of Neurodata Sharing, Standards and Governance

HBP Infrastructure Operations Director Jan Bjaalie introducing EBRAINS Damian Eke On 12-13 January 2020, representatives from the major brain initiatives came t...

The first international standard for responsible innovation in neurotechnology

How to ensure that societal benefits of neurotechnology are maximised and risks minimised? In December 2019, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Deve...