Projects in the Research Group

RRI Practice

RRI-Practice is a project responding to the European Commission Horizon 2020, Science with and for Society call: Supporting structural change in research organisations to promote Responsible Research and Innovation (ISSI-5-2015)

The RRI-Practice project will bring together a unique group of international experts in RRI to understand the barriers and drivers to the successful implementation of RRI both in European and global contexts; to promote reflection on organisational structures and cultures of research conducting and research funding organisations; and to identify and support best practices to facilitate the uptake of RRI in organisations and research programmes.

 

EST-Frame:

An FP7, Science in Society, Collaborative Project, Small or medium-scale focused research project, 2012-2014.

The aim of the EST-Frame project was to contribute to socially robust and ethically sound research and technology development by providing further methodological development of appropriate tools for social impact assessment and technology evaluation. The project appraised current assessment methods for evaluating emerging science and technology with the objectives of mapping their strengths and weaknesses and determining their appropriate application domains. It examined the current policy context for emerging science and technology (EST) policy advice and identified future trends and needs that should be considered. The project also identified to what extent – and in what contexts -a framework of a more integrated nature can be applied, and it examined the appropriate position that such an integrated framework can operate in, within a context characterised by internationalisation, market politics, and new forms of public-private partnerships in technology governance. Finally, this work resulted in the design of a flexible, integrated framework that is intended to facilitate holistic societal dialogue and reflection as well most significantly, policy advice on emerging science and technologies. See: https://transtepapproach.wordpress.com/.

Partners in the project were the Danish Board of Technology, Fraunhofer ISI, the Wageningen LEI Institute and the Center for Applied Bioethics at the University of Nottingham.

PatentEthics:

Patent law is designed to protect inventors’ rights to reap the benefits of their inventions. However, patent law was not originally designed for biotechnology, and patenting in biotechnology has caused ethical concerns. The PatentEthics project scrutinises the ethical concerns related to patenting in non-human biotechnology and studies how the current system for patent protection in Norway may accommodate such concerns in principle and in practice.

The PatentEthics project is funded by the Research Council of Norway’s ELSA programme, for the period 20113-2016. Partners in the project are Nofima, Fritjof Nansens Institutt and the University of Twente.

Naturalness in Human Cognitive Enhancement

The project aims at building up a new international research partnership in the field of Human Cognitive Enhancement (HCE) and to provide clear and accessible HCE-related analysis, guidelines and directions for policymakers, stakeholders, HCE engineers and consumers. Its goal is to create a philosophically grounded, open and transparent framework for description, assessment and forecast of acceptability of HCE systems in public space and by society, as well as for HCE governance issues.

HCENAT comprises and links together very diverse range of disciplines and methods such as technology assessment, ethics, logic, set theory, philosophy of science, philosophy of medicine, cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and speech technologies. HiOA will contribute to the research on ethics of HCE, and lead the work package on governance of HCE.

The project is co-ordinated by The Department of Interdisciplinary Activities at the University of West Bohemia. Other members are Charles University in Prague, 1st Faculty of Medicine, Prague Psychiatric Center, The Department of Cybernetics at University of West Bohemia and The University College of Gjøvik, Faculty of Health, Care and Nursing. It runs from 2013 until 2017 and is funded by Norway Grants.

Resiliency and adaptation to climate change in regional strategies (2014–2016)

Due to the ongoing climate change, existing mitigation and protective measures exhibit a lack of efficiency. It is necessary to switch to a proactive approach that is based on an analysis of potential vulnerabilities in the region, on the adaptation of the society, and thus on the environment influenced by this society. The main objective of the project is to develop a strategy for the integration of climate change adaptation in the regional development of rural areas and to strengthen resilience. The project is directly linked to national and international strategic documents and will benefit from the synergy of several types of partners. The target groups are rural communities, civil servants and students.

Printeger: Promoting Integrity as an Integral Dimension of Excellence in Research

Research integrity is a growing concern among scientists, research organisations, policy makers, and the public, expressed in a proliferation of ethical codes, guidelines, and procedures. While this proliferation calls for harmonisation and coordination, there is little factual knowledge about the actual processes leading to misconduct or the effectiveness of current integrity policies.

PRINTEGER analyses the incidence and individual, social, and organisational causes and dynamics of misconduct. It also analyses how institutions respond to allegations, specifically in interaction with neighbouring law, the media, complex research organisations, and systemic changes in research. From the perspective of the research work floor, including the daily work of journal editors or research managers, PRINTEGER will analyse how current instruments of integrity policy operate in practice. How do guidelines most contribute to integrity? What other instruments and procedures will promote integrity?

The Assisted Living Project

The aging population is a grand challenge to which innovation and technology development must contribute. However, this contribution must be developed in a responsible process with society and not be pushed on society. The transdisciplinary Assisted Living project conducts research within ICT, health science, social science and ethics. The overall aim of the project is to advance responsible research and innovation (RRI) in the field of welfare technology.

Other completed projects/events:

TechCul

ELSA conference 2012

Risk assessment meeting 2013

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