Courses

Summer school: Governance and Ethics of Technology

Technological innovation is a genuinely social process: people matter!

Technological innovation is a genuinely social process: people matter. New technologies are made, used and maintained by people. Conversely, technologies are shaping people, society, economy, politics, world views, and culture. Technologies and societies coevolve, currently, in the past, and in the future. In the form of lectures and hands-on exercises, participants of this course will learn how to understand, evaluate and shape this dynamic. The course is taught by an enthusiast team of governance and innovation scholars, philosophers, and historians from the University of Twente and guest lecturers from the US, Colombia, and Germany. When you leave Twente after ten days of intensive study and debate, you will have a clear view on the options and limitations of the conscious shaping of technology in society. We are more than looking forward to welcoming you on campus in August!

The course Governance and Ethics of Technology is led and coordinated by Andreas Weber, a historian of science in the department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies of the University of Twente. He has a special interest in the long-term development of science and technology and digital heritage.

Course components

The course is divided in three larger sections:

  1. Understanding Technological Innovation: Introduction courses.
  2. Evaluating Technological Innovation: Case studies & analytical skills.
  3. Shaping Technological Innovation: A practioner’s perspective.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Introduction to the fields of governance and innovation studies and ethics of new technologies. Our aim is to teach you how to understand innovation in society. 
  2. Get acquainted and discuss core analytical concepts (e.g. co-evolution, socio-technical systems). In our lectures, we work with concrete examples from the fields of information technology, data science, biodiversity and biotech, automation (robots), communication, health, and nanotechnology.
  3. Learn how to shape technological innovation: In the form of concrete technology assessment exercises (CTA), students will learn how to shape the course of new technologies in an early phase of their development.
  4. Get in touch with renown governance and innovation scholars from the University of Twente and abroad.

schedule

The full schedule can be found below.

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CuriousU: Governance and Ethics for Technology

The ethics and politics of robots
Time:14:00 - 17:00
:Th. 17-08

Nolen Gertz (UTwente)

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Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
:Th. 17-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you'll get introduced to the courses that are being teached at the University of Twente.

Grolsch Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Th. 17-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Th. 17-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Th. 17-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Human enhancement: Societal challenges and ethics
Time:09:30 - 12:30
:Th. 17-08

Jonne Hoek (U Twente)

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Th. 17-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast & keynote: Lee Vinsel
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Fri. 18-08

Lee Vinsel is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology. He studied Philosophy and History of Technology. He will give a talk about maintenance and innovation in our current society. Capitalism excels at innovation but is failing at maintenance, and for most lives it is maintenance that matters more.

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Lunch: Dutch olympics
Time:12:30 - 14:00
:Fri. 18-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you'll do some typical Dutch games.

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Fri. 18-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Smart Environments: critical reflections on their promises and implications
Time:14:00 - 17:00
:Fri. 18-08

Margoth Gonzales Woge (U  Twente)

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Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Fri. 18-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Band night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Fri. 18-08

Baby blue is returning to CuriousU! Last year it was a big succes.

Maintenance and innovation
Time:09:30 - 12:30
:Fri. 18-08

Guest lecturer: Lee Vinsel (Stevens Institute, New York)

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Free day / city trip etc.
Time:09:30 - 20:00
:Sat. 19-08

This is your day off. You can e.g. do a city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Sat. 19-08

Have a breakfast first.

Pubquiz
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Sat. 19-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Technological innovation as social process
Time:09:30 - 12:30
:Mon. 14-08

Andreas Weber (UTwente)

Stefan Kuhlmann (UTwente)

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Mon. 14-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Politics and governance of technological innovation in society
Time:14:00 - 17:00
:Mon. 14-08

Stefan Kuhlmann (UTwente)

[Andreas Weber (UTwente)]

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Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Mon. 14-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Evening programme
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Mon. 14-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme.

Lunch
Time:12:30 - 14:00
:Mon. 14-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

Breakfast & keynote: Llewelyn van Zyl
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Mon. 14-08

Llewelyn van Zyl is an industrial psychologist. He has a passion for online positive psychological interventions. Van Zyl is on top of his profession, working as a specialist and consultant, and is currently serving as president of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology of South Africa (SIOPSA). He will give a talk about happiness. Read more about Van Zyl.

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Ethical interpretations of technological innovation
Time:09:30 - 12:30
:Tu. 15-08

Owen King (UTwente)

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Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Tu. 15-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Tu. 15-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Escape room
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Tu. 15-08

During the 3rd evening you can try to get out of an escape room.

Breakfast & keynote: Jose E. Ramirez-Marquez
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Tu. 15-08

Dr. Ramirez-Marquez has been a researcher all his life with an interest in developing computational techniques to solve a variety of problems. His research efforts are currently focused on the reliability analysis and optimization of complex systems, the development of mathematical models for sensor networks operational effectiveness, the computational analysis of resilience and, the development of evolutionary optimization algorithms. He will give a talk about future trends in smart city research.

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Silent disco
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Tu. 15-08

Plug in your headphones and dance!

Governance of biodiversity-based biotech innovation in Colombia
Time:14:00 - 17:00
:Tu. 15-08

Guest lecturer: Eduardo Barrera (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana)

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Lunch: blind tasting & nitrogen ice cream
Time:12:30 - 14:00
:Tu. 15-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can do a blind tasting and eat some nitrogen ice cream. There will also be piñata's and some sticks to smash them!

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Sun. 13-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Sightseeing around campus
Time:16:00 - 17:00
:Sun. 13-08

Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide.

Sightseeing around campus
Time:21:00 - 22:00
:Sun. 13-08

Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide.

Jogging around campus
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Sun. 13-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both!

Jogging around campus
Time:15:00 - 16:00
:Sun. 13-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
:Sun. 13-08

The registration point will be in the biggest tent. Please register as soon as you arrive. If you arrive earlier or later please contact us via curious@utwente.nl 

Explore the campus
Time:20:00 - 22:00
:Sun. 13-08

Explore the campus with your new friends.

Data society and algorithmic culture (I)
Time:09:30 - 12:30
:Wed. 16-08

Annalisa Pelizza (UTwente)

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Dinner: BBQ
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Wed. 16-08

Bring along your flip-flops, because you'll have an amazing barbecue this evening.

Beach party
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Wed. 16-08

Play some beach volleyball and dance to the music of Odem Ska and Reggae Band!

Lunch: happy as a child
Time:12:30 - 14:00
:Wed. 16-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you can be a child again and hit each other with water pistols!

Breakfast & keynote: Bram Nauta
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Wed. 16-08

Bram Nauta is a professor in Electrical Engineering at the UT and he can tell you everything about chips and circuits. He invented the Nauta Circuit. This invention came to his mind while he was taking a swim. He quickly went out of the pool and asked for pen and paper. Nauta will talk about his invention.

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Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Wed. 16-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Data society and algorithmic culture (II)
Time:14:00 - 17:00
:Wed. 16-08

Guest lecturer: Jan-Hendrik Passoth (Munich Center for Technology in Society)

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WORKSHOP: Constructive Technology Assessment (=CTA) – Toolbox day
Time:09:30 - 12:30
:Sun. 20-08

Verena Schulze Greiving (UTwente

Katrin Hahn (UTwente

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Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Sun. 20-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Sun. 20-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast.

Lunch: dancing
Time:12:30 - 14:00
:Sun. 20-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.


During this lunch you can join a dancing workshop.

Movie night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Sun. 20-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Sun. 20-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

WORKSHOP: Constructive Technology Assessment (=CTA) – Toolbox day
Time:14:00 - 17:00
:Sun. 20-08

Verena Schulze Greiving (UTwente)

Katrin Hahn (UTwente)

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Digital heritage in society: opportunities and challenges
Time:09:30 - 12:30
:Mon. 21-08

Andreas Weber (UTwente)

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Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
:Mon. 21-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
:Mon. 21-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast.

Closing ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
:Mon. 21-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2017 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
:Mon. 21-08

This hour is 100% free time: relax or use our sport facilities :-)

Lunch: labtour
Time:12:30 - 14:00
:Mon. 21-08

After the first course sessions of the day you’ll then join the other festival-goers for a themed lunch in an informal, interactive setting.

During this lunch you can have a tour across all the labs on campus.

Final event and good-bye!
Time:14:00 - 17:00
:Mon. 21-08

Andreas Weber (UTwente)

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Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
:Tu. 22-08

Have a breakfast first.

Check-out
Time:09:00 - 10:00
:Tu. 22-08

The last day. Check out (i.e. returning the keys) and saying goodbye to all your new friends. By returning your key you will get back your deposit for the log cabin or student dorm.

Target group

The course is designed for everyone who is interested in learning more about social and ethical aspects of technological innovation. No prior knowledge in the field is necessary. The course is round off with a 2-page reflective report to be submitted at the last day of the course. More details about the final assignment will be announced during the first meeting. The course allows students to learn from and debate with a number of national and international governance and innovation scholars. Taken together the course gives a deep insight in a vibrant field of study and practice.

Course leader & departments

Leader and coordinator of this course is:

Lecturers of this course are:

  • Stefan Kuhlmann, head of the department for Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS), University of Twente
  • Annalisa Pelizza, PI of the ERC funded research project ‘Processing Citizenship’, University of Twente
  • Jan-Hendrik Passoth, Director of the Post/Doc Lab Digital Media, Munich Center for Technology in Society
  • Eduardo A. Rueda Barrera, director of the Instituto de Bioética, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia)
  • Owen King, researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente
  • Verena Schulze Greiving, developer of the TA toolbox, University of Twente
  • Nolen Gertz, philosopher of technology, University of Twente
  • Margoth González Woge, philosophy of technology, smart cities, University of Twente
  • Katrin Hahn, researcher in the EU project ‘Industrial Innovation in Transition’, University of Twente
  • Lee Vinsel, historian of technology, Stevens Institute of Technology, New York
  • Jonne Hoek, researcher in the project ‘Theorizing Technological Mediation’, University of Twente

Course overview

  • Target group: advanced bachelor students, potential master students, interested PhD students
  • Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school