PhD Course “Philosophy of Responsible Innovation” (2020) – OZSW + 4TU course

The Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Wageningen University invite PhD students in philosophy to register for the course “Philosophy of Responsible Innovation” to take place from January 8th – 17th 2020.

Course description

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

 

Aim/objective

To become acquainted with the main philosophical issues in relation to Responsible Innovation.

 

Target Group

PhD students (alfa, gamma, beta) who start their research in the field of Responsible Research and Innovation, and PhD students in philosophy who want to learn more about philosophical and ethical reflection in the field of science and technology development. Students from universities outside The Netherlands are encouraged to subscribe for the course as well.

 

Program

 

Week 1 (Delft)

Day 1 (8 January 2020): Introduction to Responsible Research and Innovation (Swierstra & Boenink)

Day 2 (9 January 2020): Value Sensitive Design (vd Hoven & vd Poel)

Day 3 (10 January 2020): Conceptions of Responsibility in Relation to RRI I (Zwart) & Philosophy of Innovation (Blok)

 

Week 2 (Wageningen)

Day 4 (13 January 2020): AIRR Framework and RRI in smart farming (Macnaghten & vd Burg)

Day 5 (14 January 2020): Conceptions of Responsibility in Relation to RRI II (vd Poel) & RRI in industry (Blok)

Day 6 (15 January 2020): Postphenomenological analysis of RRI & Stakeholder Engagement (Verbeek & Cuppen)

Day 7 (17 January 2020): Final Presentatioins (Blok & vd Poel)

 

Lecturers

Prof. dr. Tsjalling Swierstra, Maastricht University (day 1)

Dr. Marianne Boenink, Twente University (day 1)

Dr. Vincent Blok, Wageningen University (day 3, 5 and 7)

Prof. dr. ir. Ibo van de Poel, Technical University Delft (day 2, 5 and 7)

Dr. Simone van der Burg, Wageningen University (day 4)

Prof. dr. Hub Zwart, Erasmus University Rotterdam (day 5)

Prof. dr. Jeroen van den Hoven, Technical University Delft (day 2)

Prof. dr. Phil Macnaghten, Wageningen University (day 4)

Dr. ir. Eefje Cuppen, Technical University Delft (day 6)

Prof. Peter-Paul Verbeek, Twente University (day 6)

 

 

Registration

For registration and additional information, please follow the link.

Prof.dr.ir. Ibo van de Poel participates in new Gravitation program

The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has announced the new funding awards within its Gravitation program. TU Delft is participating in three of the six new programs. Prof. dr. Ibo van de Poel with prof. dr. Sabine Roeser take part in the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies program.

Description

The Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies is the first project in the field of ethics and technology to receive funding from the Gravitation program. This program will develop new methods needed to gain a better understanding of the development and implementation of the new generation of disruptive technologies, to enable a moral evaluation and to make it possible to intervene in the way in which the technology develops in the future. This will partly involve enhancing cooperation between experts in ethics, philosophers and leading technological scientists and engineers focusing on responsible and sustainable innovation. 

Additional Info

The Gravitation program, financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) focuses on outstanding scientific research programs. The funding awards enable leading researchers to spend a ten-year period engaged in innovative research and collaborative activities of a fundamental nature. More information can be found here.