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Summer school: Technology & Society

Technological Change is a genuinely social process: people matter!

Technological change 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, as well as moral and cultural norms. 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 in a socially and ethically responsible way. The course Technology&Society is taught by an enthusiast team of governance and innovation scholars, philosophers, and historians from the University of Twente and international guest lecturers. 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 Technology&Society is led and coordinated by dr Andreas Weber (Department of Science, Technology, and Policy Studies) and dr Jan Bergen (Department of Philosphy). 

Course details

The course is divided in three larger sections:

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

Learning Outcomes

  1. Introduction to different discipllinary fields that study technological change in society, such as governance and innovation studies, ethics and history. Our aim is to teach you how to understand technological change 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 change: In the form of concrete technology assessment exercises (CTA), students will learn how to shape the course of technological change, including new technologies in an early phase of their development.
  4. Get in touch with renown scholars in the above mentioned fields from the University of Twente and abroad.

festival schedule

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CuriousU: Technology & Society

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

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

Music Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

Tonight we will have a great band night in our main tent! Next to that, a dj to play music and karaoke activity are planned for you!

Breakfast & keynote: Elizabeth Mix
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Fri. 16-08

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. 

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Responsible Research and Innovation
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Fri. 16-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Value Sensitive Design
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Fri. 16-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: ExploreU & VR Parachuting
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Fri. 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. You will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself by doing some career and personality tests ! Enjoy our VR Parachuting activity too!

Quiz Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sat. 17-08

We will host a cool pubquiz.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sat. 17-08

Breakfast served!

Free day
Time:09:30 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 17-08

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!

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

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

Work on assignment
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Sun. 18-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Movie night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

We'll watch a cool movie together!

Lunch: Dutch Olympic games & Graffiti Workshop
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Sun. 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.

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

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast & keynote: Peter Joosten
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Sun. 18-08

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

Technology&Society: Critical Discussion of a Documentary
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Sun. 18-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Free
Time:17:00 - 18:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

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

Lunch: Taste the Netherlands & Speed Friending
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

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. You can try the blind tasting activity and of course make some new friends!

Technological innovation and philosophy
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast & keynote: Miriam Iliohan & Mélanie Droogleever Fortuyn
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 12-08

We will kick-off breakfast and CuriousU with the first inspirational speech!

Escape Rooms
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

Have fun and enjoy our evening programme while playing escape rooms.

Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Mon. 12-08

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

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

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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

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

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

Every night we serve you a fantastic dinner.

Breakfast & keynote: Neil Sheridan
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Mon. 19-08

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

Technology Assessment (=CTA) toolbox workshop (1)
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Mon. 19-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Technology Assessment (=CTA) toolbox workshop (1)
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: Cherishing Memories & Pinatas
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 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. Here is the chance to lock all the memories you made the last days into pictures! During that lunch break you also have the chance to break some pinatas!

Farewell Ceremony
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Mon. 19-08

This night we'll close off CuriousU 2019 with everyone and you'll receive your certificate.

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

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

Beach Volleyball Tournament
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

Enjoy a unique volleyball tournament together with your fellow CuriousU participants! Are you gonna be the winning team? Let's find out!

Technological innovation as global process
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Lunch: C-the future of research & Dance Workshop
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Wed. 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. You can do one of the following lab tours: Behavioral Management and Sciences LabWearable Robotics Lab, combined tour in AeroAcoustic WindTunnel & Rapid Prototyping LabNanoLab or the Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine.  

Dinner ΒΒQ
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Wed. 14-08

We will serve an amazing BBQ dinner tonight!

Water governance
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Wed. 14-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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Breakfast & keynote: Sofie Berghuis
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Wed. 14-08

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

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

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

Innovations in medical technology – an ethics perspective (1)
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Th. 15-08

Learn while having fun! You’ll join in the morning session of your course for the day. That might be a workshop, a lecture or a project depending on the course you choose.

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

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

City Centre Summer Sounds
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Th. 15-08

Enjoy the night in the city listening to some musical entertainment at Grolsch Summer Sounds.

Lunch: Playland
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Th. 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.This is one of the most popular lunch activities where together with your fellow participants you can enjoy some outdoor games in the main festival area! Join us!

Dinner City Centre
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Th. 15-08

We go out for dinner at the city: Happy Italy

Innovations in medical technology – an ethics perspective (2)
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Th. 15-08

After lunch you’ll dive back into your course.

Breakfast
Time:08:15 - 09:00
Day:Tu. 20-08

Have a breakfast first.

CuriousU Participants Departure
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tu. 20-08

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).

Meet-up and pizza
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

Eat pizza and meet up with your fellow students!

Jogging & sightseeing campus
Time:15:00 - 21:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

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. During the sightseeing activity you'll walk around campus with a tourguide. Tours start at 16:00 and 21:00.

Arrival day: check in
Time:10:00 - 18:00
Day:Sun. 11-08

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 

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

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

Game Night
Time:20:00 - 23:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

During this evening activity you can join our Lean Simulation game!

Breakfast & keynote: Peter- Paul Verbeek
Time:08:15 - 09:30
Day:Tu. 13-08

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. 

Lunch: Curious about your future?! & UT students wonders
Time:12:30 - 14:00
Day:Tu. 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. You will have the chance to get to know the programmes of our university and speak with representatives from our admissions office in case you are interested in continuing your studies here! During this lunch activity, you can also get to know UT student teams.

Technological innovation as long-term process
Time:14:00 - 17:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

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

Technological innovation and ethics
Time:09:30 - 12:30
Day:Tu. 13-08

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

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Dinner
Time:18:00 - 20:00
Day:Tu. 13-08

We serve you a fantastic dinner!

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

Directors of this course are:

Andreas Weber dr
Assistant Professor
J.P. Bergen (Jan Peter) dr
Post-Doctoral Researcher

Lecturers of this course are:

  • Stefan Kuhlmann, head of the department for Science, Technology and Policy Studies (STePS), University of Twente
  • René von Schomberg, is editor of a forthcoming international handbook on responsible innovation. He is also affiliated with the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission in Brussels.
  • Suzanne Moon, associate professor & editor-in-chief of Technology and Culture, University of Oklahoma
  • Owen King, researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente
  • Katrin Hahn, lecturer @Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), Technical University of Munich  
  • Ewert Aukes, 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  
  • Nolen Gertz, assistant professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Twente and author of The Philosophy of War and Exile (2014) and Nihilism and Technology (2018)
  • Tamar Sharon, associate professor professor in practical philosophy & PI of ERC project 'Digital Good', Radboud University Nijmwegen
  • Philip Nickel, associate professor, philosophy of technology, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Andreas Weber, assitant professor for the long-term development of science and technology and digital biodiversity heritage at the University of Twente

 
Course overview

  • Target group: advanced bachelor students, potential master students (ideally with science or engineering background) and interested PhD students. If you are not sure whether the course is something for you, please contact the course directors.
  • Credits: 2 ECTS for successfully completing the summer school

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