This conference will be one of the largest and important conferences on ethical assessment and guidance of research and innovation in recent years, and is intended to be a milestone for the development and improvement of ethics assessment in Europe and beyond. Many of the key players from academies, industry, government and civil society will be there.
The conference is organised by the SATORI project (http://satoriproject.eu/ <http://satoriproject.eu/> ), a large, four-year project funded by the European Commission and headed by Prof. dr. Philip Brey (University of Twente, Netherlands) with the goal of developing unified frameworks, approaches, tools and best practices for the ethical assessment of research and innovation (R&I) in all scientific fields in the European Union and beyond.
The project is intended to benefit a broad range of organizations, including universities, research funding organizations, companies with a R&D focus, civil society organizations and others that are faced with ethical issues in R&I.
In the course of this project, we have interviewed hundreds of organizations and canvassed thousands of documents to arrive at new ideas and proposals for enhancing ethics assessment in the EU and beyond. Governmental policies and international trends increasingly require CSR strategies to extend themselves to ethical issues in research and development (including such issues as sustainability, human rights, equality, privacy and others), and that thinking about how to address ethical issues in R&D can give companies an advantage.
This is the most important project that the European Commission has created to address these issues, and it will set a trend for new policies and actions in this area. This will be the closing conference in which we present our results, and also invite key speakers and stakeholders to present their ideas and viewpoints and work on an agenda for progress.
The following are some of the confirmed speakers taking part in our conference: Rene von Schomberg - European Union Fellow at George Mason University and agricultural scientist and philosopher working for the European Commission on research and innovation policy. Julian Kinderlerer - Emeritus Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and former President of the European Group on Ethics in science and new technologies. Dirk Lanzerath - Executive Manager of the German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences (DRZE), and General Secretary of the European Network of Research Ethics Committees (EUREC). Jim Dratwa - European Commission Head of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies. Dorian Karatzas - Head of Ethics and Research Integrity sector at the European Commission. Lauri Kanerva - Research Management Lead at Facebook; in-house adviser to executives and researchers regarding research oversight. Li Zhenzhen - Professor at the Institute of Policy and Management, and Head of the Center for Science and Technology Ethics at the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Dafna Feinholz - Chief of the Bioethics and Ethics of Science section of the Social and Human Sciences sector of UNESCO. Bernd Carsten Stahl - Professor of Critical Research in Technology and Director of the Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University; the Chair of the Faculty Human Research Ethics Committee. Jeroen van den Hoven - Full professor of Ethics and Technology at Delft University of Technology and editor in chief of Ethics and Information Technology. Kathrine O'Keefe - Analyst Consultant at Castle Bridge, specializes in Data Governance and Protection, and ethics of R&I in commercial settings. David J. Vogel - Solomon P. Lee Chair in Business Ethics, Business & Public Policy Group, University of California Berkeley; Chief Editor of the California Management Review. Natalie Evans - Member of coordinating team at the Project EnTIRE (Mapping Normative Frameworks for Ethics and Integrity of Research) at the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam (VUmc). John Oates - Senior Lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the Faculty of Education and Language Studies of the Open University.
The conference takes place on the 18th and 19th September 2017 at the MCE Conference & Business Centre, Rue de l'Aqueduc 118, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium.
You are very welcome to attend the conference. There is no fee for attending the conference. However, due to a limited number of seats, we can accommodate attendees only on a first-come-first-served basis. Please register by email confirmation to Philip Jansen at: p.h.jansen (a) utwente.nl <http://utwente.nl/>