New and emerging technologies bring with them new ethical challenges and societal consequences. TechEthos is a new EU project that will develop guidance to ensure that the highest ethical standards are adopted at the EU and international levels. VA (Public & Science) will be involved in gathering societal perspectives through public engagement events, in-depth dialogues, exhibitions and analyses.
TechEthos wants to shine a spotlight on ethics within the sphere of technology innovation and, in particular, new, emerging technologies. Emerging technologies are technologies that are only now taking shape, which will be available within the next five to ten years, and are expected to have a large impact on society.
Led by the Austrian Institute of Technology, the project involves organisations from twelve countries, consisting of ten partners and six linked third parties, including VA (Public & Science).
After conducting a horizon scan of emerging technologies with high socio-economic impact, four technologies will be selected for further analysis to identify the ethical challenges and societal consequences that are likely to come along with them. Guidance will be subsequently developed by the project to support the development and deployment of these technologies at EU and international levels, for example, in the form of an ethics framework and operational guidelines.
Public involvement is key in the project. VA will be working together with a number of other science communication organisations, all Ecsite members, to capture the public’s awareness and attitudes towards the selected emerging technologies. Scenarios will be developed for use at science cafes and stakeholder workshops to be run in different EU countries, including Sweden, during 2022. VA will also be involved in a media analysis and dissemination actions.
TechEthos is funded by Horizon 2020, the EU framework programme for research and innovation. The project runs from January 2021 until December 2023.
TechEthos partner organisations:
- Austrian Institute of Technology (Austria) – Coordinator
- Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca Industriale – AIRI (Italy)
- All European Academies (Germany)
- CEA (Atomic & Alternative Energies Commission) (France)
- De Montfort University (UK)
- Ecsite, the European Network for Science Centres & Museums (Belgium)
- EUERC Office GUG, European Network of Research Ethics Committees Office (Germany)
- Trilateral Research Ltd (UK)
- Technische Universiteit Delft (The Netherlands)
- University of Twente (The Netherlands)
- ScienceCentre-Netzwerk (Austria)
- iQLANDIA (Czech Republic)
- ASUR (Asociația Secular-Umanistă din România) (Romania)
- Centre for the Promotion of Science (Serbia)
- Parque de las Ciencias (Spain)
- VA (Public & Science) (Sweden)