Call: Responsible Innovation 2012

CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION 2012
13-14 December 2012, The Hague, the Netherlands
Responsible Innovation and entrepreneurship
http://www.responsible-innovation.nl
info@responsible-innovation.nl

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

To be announced soon.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS:

We invite you to submit abstracts for the Second Annual International Conference on Responsible Innovation organized by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). NWO has launched an interdisciplinary research program that brings together researchers from ethics, applied science and the social and behavior sciences in research projects that aim at designing solutions to urgent societal problems. We encourage submissions from an interdisciplinary spectrum, including but not limited to philosophers, engineers, natural scientists, social scientists, and those involved in public or private policymaking.

You can submit short abstracts for a paper or a poster session using the online submission form on the conference website.

DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION:

5pm on Monday, 10th September 2012 (Amsterdam time). Abstracts will be blind-reviewed and applicants will be advised in writing about whether their offer has been accepted on 22 October 2012.

SPRINGER PUBLICATION:

Each year, a selection of the finest papers presented at the conference will be published in a new Springer series entitled “Responsible Innovation”.  Further instructions on participation will follow in due course on the conference website.

SUITABLE TOPICS INCLUDE:

Medical technology and biomedical research
e-Health
Virtual and Augmented Reality
Surveillance
Renewables
Neurotechnology
Military technology and cyberwarfare
Human enhancement
Big Data
Smart transport
Sustainable food and water
Smart grids and biofuels
Biodiversity and animal production
Law, ethics, and development
The Internet of Things

IMPORTANT DATES:

10 Sept 2012 — abstract submission deadline
22 Oct   2012 — authors advised of outcome

SCHOLARSHIP:

We especially invite submissions from contributors from developing countries, who may be eligible for a scholarship in order to cover travel expenses.

BACKGROUND:

Since 2008, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) has funded the thematic Responsible Innovation research programme, abbreviated to “MVI” from the Dutch “Maatschappelijk Verantwoord Innoveren”. For details see the programme website: http://www.nwo.nl/mvi

The Responsible Innovation programme involves research into the ethical and societal aspects of new technologies (e.g. ICT, nanotechnology, biotechnology and brain sciences) and of changes in technological systems (e.g. energy, transport, agriculture and water). The programme’s objective is to help ensure that technological and scientific advances become properly embedded in society. To this end the funded projects not only result in scholarly analysis and an understanding of a particular problem, but subsequently also lead to a ‘design perspective’.

Research within the Responsible Innovation programme is highly inter-disciplinary. It involves close collaboration between researchers in such diverse fields as ethics, social science, law, economics, applied science and engineering – as well as innovative, design-oriented and policy-relevant. The programme has an explicitly proactive dimension. Right from the start, research, development and design incorporate relevant ethical and societal aspects. This allows researchers to make a genuine contribution to responsible innovation. Besides Dutch innovation projects the programme also emphatically involves innovation projects in other countries or parts of the world, in particular in developing countries.

CONFERENCE:

The second annual Responsible Innovation conference will be held in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 13-14 December 2012. This two-day conference will bring together researchers from the humanities, social sciences and science/technology from around the world, to exchange ideas for mutual benefit and to forge new inter-disciplinary and international research partnerships. The programme will include two keynote presentations – invited speakers to be announced – and a special policy relevance panel session, as well as 30 contributed paper slots and 15 poster presentations drawn from this call for papers.

MVI PROGRAMME COMMITTEE

Professor Jeroen van den Hoven (Chair; Delft University of Technology)
Professor Bert-Jaap Koops (Tilburg University)
Dr. Kees Linse (Board Technology Foundation STW)
Dr. Henny Romijn (Eindhoven University of Technology)
Professor Tsjalling Swierstra (Maastricht University)

CONFERENCE ORGANIZATION COMMITTEE

Professor Jeroen van den Hoven (Delft University of Technology)
Mr. Job Timmermans (Delft University of Technology)
Mrs. Henneke Filiz-Piekhaar (Delft University of Technology)

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