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Announcement PhD course on Philosophy of Responsible Innovation, January 13-21 2021 Wageningen/Delft (The Netherlands)

Dear colleagues,
May I ask you to forward this announcement of the new edition of the PhD
course on Philosophy of Responsible Innovation, January 13-21 2021 in
Wageningen and Delft (The Netherlands) to Research Master and PhD students who
might be interested in this topic. Thanks in advance

Vincent Blok (
Philosophy of Technology and Responsible Innovation, Wageningen University

"Philosophy of Responsible Innovation" (2021) - OZSW + 4TU course

Organizating University
Wageningen University - Vincent Blok
Delft University of Technology - Ibo van de Poel

About the topic
This course discusses the main philosophical issues in relation to Responsible
Innovation, an emerging concept in the EU context which highlights the
relevance of social-ethical issues in research and innovation practices. This
emerging concept calls for philosophical reflection on the nature, scope and
applicability of responsibility and innovation in innovation practices in
general, and the way social-ethical issues can be applied and addressed in
specific fields like business, healthcare and energy in particular. Topics
that will be covered include the nature of responsibility in responsible
innovation, the role of societal values in innovation and value sensitive
design, philosophical reflections on the role of knowledge and risk in
innovation, constructive technology assessment and governance of responsible
innovation, Responsible Innovation in the public sector (healthcare),
responsible innovation in the private sector.
Students get to know some of the main positions in relation to philosophical
issues in responsible innovation, the main arguments in the relevant debates
and insight in the dilemma's which appear in the practical application of
responsible innovation in the public and private sector. Although the focus is
on the philosophical and ethical issues raised by responsible innovation, we
will also touch upon some more fundamental philosophical issues raised by
responsible innovation. This includes issues like:

The nature of responsibility in light of the unpredictability of the
future impact of innovations
The philosophical assumptions of the innovation paradigm
The way (responsible) innovations affect experience and praxis
Value incommensurability, value pluralism and the trade-offs between
values in responsible innovation

Aim / objective
To become acquainted with the main philosophical issues in relation to
Responsible Innovation.

Target group
PhD students (alfa, gamma, beta) who start their research in the field of
Responsible Research and Innovation, and PhD students in philosophy who want
to learn more about philosophical and ethical reflection in the field of
science and technology development. Students from universities outside The
Netherlands are encouraged to subscribe for the course as well.

Week 1 (Delft)

Day 1 (13 January 2021): Introduction to Responsible Research and
Innovation (Swierstra & Boenink)
Day 2 (14 January 2021): Value Sensitive Design (vd Hoven & vd Poel)
Event lecture: Rene von Schomberg on RRI in the European Policy
Day 3 (15 January 2021): Conceptions of Responsibility in Relation to
RRI I (Zwart) & Philosophy of Innovation (Blok)

Week 2 (Wageningen)

Day 4 (18 January 2021): AIRR Framework and RRI in smart farming
(Macnaghten & vd Burg)
Day 5 (19 January 2021): Conceptions of Responsibility in Relation to
RRI II (vd Poel/Blok)
Day 6 (20 January 2021): Postphenomenological analysis of RRI &
Stakeholder Engagement (Verbeek & Robaey)
Day 7 (21 January 2021): Final Presentatioins (Blok & vd Poel)


Prof. dr. Tsjalling Swierstra, Maastricht University (day 1)
Dr. Marianne Boenink, Twente University (day 1)
Dr. Vincent Blok, Wageningen University (day 3, 5 and 7)
Prof. dr. ir. Ibo van de Poel, Technical University Delft (day 2, 5 and
Dr. Simone van der Burg, Wageningen University (day 4)
Prof. dr. Hub Zwart, Erasmus University Rotterdam (day 3)
Prof. dr. Jeroen van den Hoven, Technical University Delft (day 2)
Prof. dr. Phil Macnaghten, Wageningen University (day 4)
Dr. Zoe Robaey, Wageningen University (day 6)
Prof. Peter-Paul Verbeek, Twente University (day 6)

Required preparations
The participants are expected to read all the assigned literature, to do
assignments and to actively participate in the discussions. They also have to
give a final presentation (more information about the assignment will be
provided during the first lecture)

Certificate / credit points
Study load is the equivalent of 5 EC.

It is obligatory to attend all sessions of the course.

Dr. Vincent Blok MBA
Associate Professor in Philosophy of Technology and Responsible Innovation

Wageningen University
Philosophy Group
Hollandseweg 1, 6706 KN, Wageningen (Building 201)
De Leeuwenborch, Room 4068
T: +31 (0) 6 146 156 40
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