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 international guest lecturers, e.g. from Colombia. 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, an Assistant Professor 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 details

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 (IT), 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.

Course schedule

The full schedule can be found below.

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CuriousU: Governance and Ethics for Technology (still under construction)

Day
Band night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent!

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

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speakers over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Textiles, technology, and society: an STS and Global perspective
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 17-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That will be a lecture on the topic.

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Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Museum visit
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 17-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Dutch olympics
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 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 do some typical Dutch games.

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

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

Pubquiz
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 18-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 18-08

Have a breakfast first.

Free day
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 18-08

This is your day off. There is no CuriosU programme today but you can arrange your own city trip to Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Rotterdam (The Netherlands) Münster (Germany) or Osnabrück (Germany). Have fun!

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 19-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our inspiration speaker over breakfast. 

Lunch: dancing
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

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.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

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

Movie night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Biking, Technology, and Society
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Work on an assignment
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 19-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That will be an assignment.

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 19-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

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

Lunch
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

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. This lunch hast two topics: "Graffiti art" and "hydrogen ice cream". Curious? Join the lunch :-)

Lean simulation game
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing a lean simulation game.

Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 13-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspiration speach!

Politics and governance of technological innovations
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 13-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Technological innovation as social process
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 13-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That will be a lecture on the topic.

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

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

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

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

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2018 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

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

CTA workshop
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 20-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

CTA workshop
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 20-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That will be a workshop.

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Meet your Buddy
Time:20:00 - 21:30
Day:Sun. 12-08

Meet your CuriousU buddy!

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 12-08

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 

Jogging & sightseeing campus
Time:15:00 - 21:00
Day:Sun. 12-08

Want to do some sports and see some cool locations on campus? During this activity you'll do both! Jogging around campus will start 15:00 and 17:00


Don't want to do some sports, but you do want to see some cool locations on campus? During the sightseeing activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide. Tours start at 16:00 and 21:00.

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 12-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Lunch: Pinata & lab tours
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 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. During this lunch "we have piñata's and some sticks to smash them! Furthermore you can go an our famous (university) lab tour.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

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

Beach volleyball party
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

Together with your team you can join the Beach volleyball tournament!

Breakfast & keynote: Parya Pasha Zade Monajjemih
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 14-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to one of our uplifting keynote speaker Parya Pasha Zade Monajjemih over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. Parya Pasha ZadeMonajjemih. Parya Pasha Zadeh Monajjemi, a Geoinformatics engineer specialized in spatial data management and GIS analysis with a keen interest in geo-visual analysis of movement data for understanding human behavior in the context of modern cities.  

Ethical Interpretations of technological innovation
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 14-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day.

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

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course and have some discussion and exercises on the topic.

Dinner: BBQ buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tu. 14-08

We serve you a fantastic BBQ!

Check-out
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 21-08

The last day: please 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 (online refund).

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 21-08

Have a breakfast first.

Lunch: happy as a child
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 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 be a child again and hit each other with water pistols! A famous CuriousU event :-)

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

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

Escape rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

Play a games in our fascinating escape rooms!

Breakfast & keynote: Stefan Kuhlmann
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 15-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to Stefan Kuhlmann over breakfast. Once you’re all fired up, you’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. 

Framing the adoption of innovative technologies
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Dinner: buffet
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 15-08

We will serve buffet tonight!

Governing energy systems
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 15-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That will be a lecture on the topic.

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Breakfast & keynote
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Th. 16-08

Get your day off to an inspiring start by listening to our keynote speaker over breakfast. 

Lunch: C- your future
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 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'll get introduced to the programmes (MSc and BSc) that are being teached at the University of Twente. Furthermore we will have an expo with start-ups!

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Th. 16-08

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

Grolsch Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 16-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment @ Grolsch summer sounds

Human enhancement
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Th. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Dinner: Happy Italy
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 16-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Smart environments: critical reflections, promises & implications
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 16-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That will be a lecture on the topic.

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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:

Andreas Weber dr
Assistant Professor

Lecturers of this course are:

  • Stefan Kuhlmann, head of the department for Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS), University of Twente
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jonne Hoek, researcher in the project ‘Theorizing Technological Mediation’, University of Twente
  • Binod Koirala, researcher in the NWO project ‘Community innovation for sustainable energy: Aligning social and technical innovation’, University of Twente
  • Annapurna Mamidipudi, fellow at Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin.
  • George Liu, researcher specializing in urban design and mobility, University of Technology, Eindhoven
  • Aukes Ewert, researcher in the EU H2020 projects S4D4C – Using Science for/in diplomacy for addressing global challenges and InnoForESt – Smart Information, governance and business innovations for sustainable supply and payment mechanisms for forest ecosystem services.  

Course overview

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

Want to know more?

If you need to know more, we have information available about the fee & programme, an admission check, registration & payment, visa, accomodation and the terms & conditions.