Project

TechEthos | Ethics for Technologies with High Socio-Economic Impact

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From 01/01/2021 to 31/12/2023

New and emerging technologies bring with them new ethical challenges and societal consequences. TechEthos will develop guidance to ensure the highest ethical standards are adopted at the EU and international levels. 

TechEthos aims to reinforce the pivotal role of the European Union as an ethics trailblazer in the area of new and emerging technologies. Such technologies bring with them new ethical challenges and societal consequences that need to be addressed. The project will develop guidance to ensure the highest ethical standards at the EU and international levels by:

  • Carrying out a horizon scan of emerging technologies with high socio-economic impacts [Examples include Virtual Reality, Artifical Intelligence, GeoEngineering, Synthetic Technologies, Smart Cities,...]
  • Identifying and analysing the ethical issues raised by a selection of such technologies
  • Explorating the views and attitudes held by different stakeholders - the research community, industry, the public - towards the ethical implications of those technologies, using various tools such as scenarios and media analysis
  • Developing /refining/extending (as desirable and applicable to the selected technologies) existing/proposed ethics frameworks, operational guidelines or Codes (e.g., developed in SIENNA, SHERPA, PANELFIT, SATORI and other projects) to enable the effective ethics governance of the technologies. 
  • Exploring and compareing the policy, legal and procedural frameworks to assess the possible need for dedicated legislation at the EU-level; and  
  • Developing operational guidelines to ensure “ethics by design” and support the work of the research community, research ethics committees and integrity bodies

To do so, TechEthos will engage with researchers and innovators, research ethics committees (RECs), research integrity (RI) bodies, civil society organisations (CSOs), policy-makers and the public, to while reconcile their needs and concerns. 

Public engagement is key to the project: science museums and centers involved will play a crucial role in understanding and further developing societal perspectives through a programme of public engagement events, in-depth dialogues, exhibitions and analyses. They will develop tools to capture and develop societal awareness on new and emerging technologies and will engage their publics, including vulnerable groups, in exploratory events and in-depth dialogues, as well as develop light exhibitions and displays on these topics, and explore the media landscape in their countries on the selected technologies. 

 

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TechEthos is led AIT Austrian Institute of Technology and will be carried out by a team of ten scientific institutions and six science engagement organisations from 13 European countries over a three-year period.

  • AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH, Austria
  • ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA PER LA RICERCA INDUSTRIALE - AIRI,  Italy
  • All European Academies,  Germany
  • COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES,  France
  • DE MONTFORT UNIVERSITY,  United Kingdom
  • ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES EXPOSITIONS SCIENTIFIQUES TECHNIQUES ET INDUSTRIELLES,  Belgium
  • EUREC OFFICE GUG,  Germany
  • TRILATERAL RESEARCH LTD,  United Kingdom
  • TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT DELFT,  Netherlands
  • UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE,  Netherlands
Overall budget: € 3 994 592,50
EU contribution: € 3 994 592,50
https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101006249

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