Ph.D course on the philosophy of responsible innovation

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW) invites PhD students/ ReMa students in philosophy to register for the course “Philosophy of Responsible Innovation” to take place in November and December 2015

Organizing university
Wageningen University; Delft University of Technology
Courses take place at various places on various dates during the Fall of 2015
Application/registration deadline
October 15, 2015
About the topic
This course discusses the main philosophical issues in relation to Responsible Innovation, an emerging concept in the EU context which highlights the relevance of social-ethical issues in research and innovation practices. This emerging concept calls for philosophical reflection on the nature, scope and applicability of responsibility and innovation in innovation practices in general, and the way social-ethical issues can be applied and addressed in specific fields like business, healthcare and energy in particular. Topics that will be covered include the nature of responsibility in responsible innovation, the role of societal values in innovation and value sensitive design, philosophical reflections on the role of knowledge and risk in innovation, constructive technology assessment and governance of responsible innovation, Responsible Innovation in the public sector (healthcare), responsible innovation in the private sector.
Students get to know some of the main positions in relation to philosophical issues in responsible innovation, the main arguments in the relevant debates and insight in the dilemma’s which appear in the practical application of responsible innovation in the public and private sector. Although the focus is on the philosophical and ethical issues raised by responsible innovation, we will also touch upon some more fundamental philosophical issues raised by responsible innovation. This includes issues like:
 The nature of responsibility in light of the unpredictability of the future impact of innovations
 The philosophical assumptions of the innovation paradigm
 The way (responsible) innovations affect experience and praxis
 Value incommensurability, value pluralism and the trade-offs between values in responsible innovation

More info on the Course/registration:

Information on the course

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Three Open Science Sessions at Brussels conferenceO

Over 700 particpants are lined up to attend a 1,5 day conference in Brussels at the premises of the European Commission to discuss among other topics the issue of how to advance ‘ open science’

For the full programme see:

Conference Programme

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Workshop at JRC-Ispra adresses challenges of quality for Citizen Science/Do It yourselve science

Vladimir Sucha (DG JRC) opened on 16 JUne 2015 a workshop on DIY Science. he underlined the challenges open science and citizen science  will pose for main stream science with it current overemphasis on measuring”excellence” by measuring quantitative outcomes of scientific production. 

information on the workshop can be on:

DIY Science: the challenges of quality

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PACITA on Technology Assessment and parliamentary decision making adopts manifesto on expanding knowledge-based policy making on Science, Technology and Innovation

See website of PACITA


MANIFESTO  adopted by participants of the Berlin conference of
PACITA, 25-27 February 2015

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Special Issue on Responsible Research and Innovation by EUROSCIENTIST

You can read and dowload the special issue of Euroscientist here:
Euroscientist-special issue

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Transforming Innovation Policy, By SPRU director Johan Schot

Excellent article in the Guardian by this scholar :
Opinion- Guardian by Johan Schot

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Special issue of Euroscientist on Research Activism in Europe


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