Ethics on the laboratory floor

Explorations for a methodology

1 – 2 June 2010

University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands


The final program of this workshop can be found here.

Information on accommodation and how to get to University of Twente, see below.

About this workshop

These last years there has been a growing interest in the engagement of ethicists in the context of scientific engineering research, with the aim to anticipate the ambiguous impacts that technological innovations have on the quality of human life. In this way ethicists are thought to be able to contribute to the constitution of the technological product, at a stage when it is still malleable.

Several scholars have developed views on how an ethicist in this context should work, but there is not yet a detailed ‘method’. With this workshop we want to contribute to the development of such a method. We want to focus especially on the themes of reflection and deliberation, for the enhancement of ‘reflection’ and the broadening of ‘deliberation’ is often understood to be the primary aim of the work of an ethicist in the scientific research context. Yet it remains unclear what this involves. Questions are raised such as: what is reflection/deliberation? How should ethicists enhance reflection? What are the consequences of such an enhancement of reflection on the deliberation about research choices? How much should this deliberation be broadened? And what is the specific input of an ethicist in this deliberation?

This workshop aims to act as a platform to discuss and critically engage with these questions. Confirmed invited participants are Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Rosalyn Berne, Ulrike Felt, Armin Grunwald, Alfred Nordmann and Arie Rip. Click here to learn more about our invited participants.

Click here for a further description of themes of our workshop.

For further information, please contact one of the organizers:

Simone van der Burg:

Federica Lucivero:

Lotte Krabbenborg:

Dirk Haen:

Tsjalling Swierstra:

This workshop is funded by 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology; Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC); and Centre for Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences (CEPTES).

More information

Final program

About the invited participants

Download call for abstracts


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