Ethics and Technology Assessment

Gimmler, A. (Organizer)

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Technology Assessment (TA) is a scientific branch that evaluates the impact, risks and consequences of technologies for society. Several forms of TA have been developed since the 1970s; recently, a shift from an expert and expertise centered TA to a more socially integrating form, mediating between experts, the public and politics/institutions has taken place. As a scientific branch TA has become interdisciplinary, drawing upon such different disciplines and approaches as ethics, anthropology, science studies and policy analysis. Following from the integrative approach to TA the question arises of how ethics inform TA and how ethical considerations can be included in TA? Keynote speaker Professor Armin Grunwald is internationally known for his interdisciplinary approach to technology assessment. Prominent in his work on TA is a focus on future impacts of technologies on human and societal decisions. He is Professor at the Karlsruhe Institute for Technology (KIT), director of the Institute for Technology Assessment and System Analysis (ITAS, KIT), which is a member of the European Technology Assessment Group (ETAG), and he is director of the Office of Technology Assessment at the German Bundestag, Berlin. The goal of the workshop is to discuss different approaches to integrate ethics in TA and to strengthen research on TA at Aalborg University, Denmark and the collaboration between Denmark and Germany in the field of technology assessment.
Period19 May 201620 May 2016
Event typeConference
LocationAalborg, Denmark