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Sheila Jasanoff, “Can Science Make Sense of Life”, KUL

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Sheila Jasanoff, “Can Science Make Sense of Life”, KUL

We are happy to invite you to the Opening Lecture of the KU Leuven Health Humanities Lecture Series, organized by the KU Leuven Interdisciplinary Platform for the Study of the Sciences (LIPSS). The Opening Lecture will be given by Prof. dr. Sheila Jasanoff (Harvard University, US) – “Can Science make sense of Life?” on Oct 4, 2018 – 5.30pm at Hollands College, KU Leuven. You are all welcome, please registrate at: gert.meyers@kuleuven.be More info on the Health Humanities Lecture Series – full programme, can be found here: https://ghum.kuleuven.be/LIPSS  ...

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Two events with Prof. Sheila Jasanoff, Dr Honoris Causa U Liège

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Two events with Prof. Sheila Jasanoff, Dr Honoris Causa U Liège

On the 5th of October, in recognition of the quality of her work, Sheila Jasanoff will be confered the insignias of Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Liège. Withn this framework, two major events will be organized: – An inaugural lecture entitled “An Invisible Constitution: Law, Science, and Technology in Late Modernity” (October 5), followed by a reception. Information and registration. – An interdisciplinary symposium on “Alternative Truths and Public Reason” (October 8, AM). Information and registration. The B.STS community is most welcome to attend both events. The only mandatory thing is to register by the 26th of September (florence.breuwer[@]uliege.be)....

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International Workshop ‘Understanding insurance in an era of Big Data’

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International Workshop ‘Understanding insurance in an era of Big Data’

As in many other domains of social life, hypes and fears on the ‘disruptive’ potential of big data in insurance abound. The use of fine-grained data and machine learning in insurance can result in the ‘personalization of risk’, posing important societal and regulatory challenges on issues of discrimination, privacy, accountability and fairness. To move beyond these hypes and fears, robust empirical research is urgently needed. This international workshop aims to bring together strong interdisciplinary empirical research in order to discuss big data-enabled ‘personalization of risk’ in insurance and study the societal dimensions of big data technologies. During the workshop, real-time experimental practices of big data-enabled personalization of risk in car and health insurance will be discussed while instigating collaborative work across the disciplines of actuarial science, law, and the social sciences. The interdisciplinary approach is original in bringing out the context-specificity of big data in the practices of insurance. This has so far received little attention in the literature and the collaboration between actuarial scientists, humanities and law scholars adds a unique opportunity to detect and frame how big data transforms the way we know and are acted upon in insurance. Practical info September 12th 2018, 02.00PM-05.00PM Researchers’ Zone, Library Faculty of Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Parkstraat 45, 3000 Leuven This workshop is open to everyone, but registration is necessary Registration: gert.meyers@kuleuven.be Organisation: Gert Meyers & Ine Van Hoyweghen, Life Sciences & Society Lab, KU Leuven Programme Workshop, September 12, 2017, 02.00 PM- 05.00PM 01.30 PM-01.45PM:        Coffee 01.45 PM-02.00PM:        Welcome 02.00 PM-03.30PM:       Session 1 Hugo Jeanningros: Insurance and prevention: using behavioural economics in a wellness programme Katrien Antonio, KU Leuven: Title tba Liz Mcfall, Open University, United Kingdom: Personalisation, Persons and Risk Classification 03.30 PM-03.45PM:        coffee break 03.45PM-04.45PM:         session 2 Gert Meyers and Ine Van Hoyweghen, KU Leuven: Is everybody happy? Experimenting with behaviour-based personalisation in car insurance Maiju Tanninen & Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen, University of Tampere, Finland: Distributed autonomy: smart insurance as a technological imaginary 04.45PM-05.00PM:         wrap-up...

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PhD Defense Gert Meyers

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PhD Defense Gert Meyers

On September 13th, Gert Meyers will defend his PhD dissertation entitled ‘Behaviour-based Personalisation in Health Insurance. A Sociology of a Not-yet Market.’ His research is part of the Odysseus FWO project ‘Postgenomic Solidarity’. Prof. Dr. Ine Van Hoyweghen is promotor. The examination committee consists of professor Rudi Laermans (KU Leuven), Professor Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen (University of Tampere), professor Gert Verschraegen (UAntwerpen), and professor Liz Mcfall (University of Edinburg). When 13 Sep 2018 from 05:00 PM to 07:00 PM Contact Name Gert Meyers Contact Phone +3216377871 Add event to calendar vCal...

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Lecture RRI and genome editing for congenital deafness – Stevienna de Saille at KULeuven

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Lecture RRI and genome editing for congenital deafness – Stevienna de Saille at KULeuven

On June 22 Stevienna de Saille (Research Fellow in the Institute for the Study of the Human at the University of Sheffield, UK) will give a lecture on ‘Applying ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ to genome editing for congenital deafness: questions and conundrums’.   ABSTRACT Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a policy framework advocating attention to the development of new technologies, particularly to the potentially unequal social distribution of benefits, burdens and risk, and to engaging the public in the governance of research and innovation. Although not always calling itself RRI, these precepts have formed the basis of a global debate about the social and ethical implications of editing the human genome, particularly for making changes which can be passed to future generations. However, despite a trajectory of research focused on treating genetic deafness, the Deaf (i.e. sign-using) community has so far been largely excluded from these discussions. In this seminar I will discuss the early stages of a project researching how the Deaf community’s experience with the use of cochlear implants (CIs) may (or may not) help to develop an RRI-inflected discussion about the unequal distribution of benefits and risks of genetic editing for deafness, particularly on a community which sees itself as a linguistic minority rather than a disabled population. The project aims to develop its questions in close collaboration with Deaf community groups in Belgium, considering how the specific history of CIs in this country may inform perspectives on genome editing, and facilitating the inclusion of Deaf perspectives in the wider debate around governance of genome editing in Europe. Its second aim is to help develop Deaf community discussion of biomedical innovation using techniques which are projected to enable precise ‘editing’ of the genome, potentially at the embryonic stage, to ‘cure’ genetic deafness.   –        11h00 – 13h00 –        Meeting Room Sociology 02.163 (Faculty of Social Sciences, Parkstraat 45, Leuven)   Details about the guest lecture can be found on our website: http://soc.kuleuven.be/ceso/life-sciences-society-lab   Open to everyone! Please confirm your attendance by email: Annet Wauters...

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CFA Behaviour-based personalisation in contemporary insurance markets – ‘Risk and the Insurance Business in History’-conference 2019

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CFA Behaviour-based personalisation in contemporary insurance markets – ‘Risk and the Insurance Business in History’-conference 2019

Call for Abstracts: Behaviour-based personalisation in contemporary insurance markets This session is part of the ‘Risk and the Insurance Business in History’-conference, taking place in Seville (Spain), from June 11th to June 14th 2019 (more info on the conference: http://www.riskandtheinsurancebusiness.com/). Deadline of submission: June 30th 2018 Proposals should include names and affiliations of the author/s; title and abstract. The definite list of accepted papers will be announced on September 30th 2018. (http://www.riskandtheinsurancebusiness.com/call-for-papers/) Session info: http://www.riskandtheinsurancebusiness.com/session-13-behaviour-based-personalisation-in-contemporary-insurance-markets/   Organizers Gert Meyers (Life Sciences & Society Lab, Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven) Ine Van Hoyweghen (Life Sciences & Society Lab, Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven) Liz McFall (Faculty of Arts & Social Science, Open University) Hugo Jeanningros (Groupe d’Etude des méthodes de l’Analyse Sociologique, Université Paris-Sorbonne)   Abstract Big Data is promising a revolution in different societal spheres such as security, health and (online) shopping (Mayer-Schönberger & Cukier, 2013). Massive amounts of personal data (genetic information, shared information from wearable devices, internet behaviour information) will become manageable in real-time now or in the near future. In the field of insurance, the best known example of Big Data is usage-based car insurance (Car UBI). Big Data – in the form of predictive modelling, Machine Learning (ML), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), and other technologies that enable the treatment of ‘personalised data’ – is considered to be a ‘disruptive technology’ (FINEOS, 2014; McKinsey Global Institute, 2013), altering the stabilised insurance practices of risk selection through the introduction of predictive data and modelling and the personalisation of risk. Hypes and fears of the ‘disruptive’ potentials of predictive modelling in insurance abound. Big Data comes with the promise of reducing insurance costs, more accurate pricing and personalising risk, to support healthy lifestyles, make clients accountable, and/or secure their responsible behaviour celebrating predictive modelling solutions as the ‘new way to be smart’ (Ayres, 2007) or as a desirable shift because ‘the ongoing trends towards real-time risk assessment, product and process simplification and automation could accelerate moves towards more radical business models in insurance’ (Swiss Re 2017, 25). Others fear that predictive data and modelling in insurance would increase inequality and discrimination (O’Neil, 2016), resulting in ‘social sorting’ (Minty, 2014), ‘the end of solidarity’ that characterises European insurance markets (Gayant, 2015) as well as the end of insurance-‘as-we-know-it’ (Llull, 2016). Never mind their respective intuitive merits, such claims on hypes and fears popularise the idea of big data as a paradigm shift. As such, they often neglect the way predictive data and modelling concretely affect, transform, disrupt or reinforce existing practices. In this session, we want to pay attention to contemporary insurance practices, and more specifically to experimental practices of behaviour-based personalisation. Our hypothesis is that behaviour-based personalisation, as a process driving the domain of insurance, does not simply increase the amount of available data and optimise the processes it is applied to, but also changes our ways of knowing, our ways of social ordering and the way we make decisions (Ewald 1991, 2012, Baker 2002, Meyers & Van Hoyweghen 2017). The practices of traditional insurance are being challenged by new forms and uses of data. This session will accept contributions presenting research on the challenges surrounding behaviour-based personalisation in insurance, triggered by, but not restricted to, the following general question: how does behaviour-based...

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CfP 2018 Ricomet Conference Antwerp

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CfP 2018 Ricomet Conference Antwerp

The fourth RICOMET conference on Social Science and Humanities (SSH) in Ionising Radiation Research takes place in Antwerp, Belgium 13th to 15th of June 2018. This edition is scientifically oriented towards supporting SSH researchers to  identify good research  practices, address challenges in multidisciplinary research, review and suggest methods and build towards a common understanding of SSH research related to ionizing radiation. The conference will use a discussion approach and encourage participants to engage in dialogue. For more information and to submit a paper:...

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Het enorme potentieel van burgerwetenschap – De Standaard 05/03/2018

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Het enorme potentieel van burgerwetenschap – De Standaard 05/03/2018

Het enorme potentieel van burgerwetenschap Burgerwetenschap verdient een vaste plaats in het Vlaamse wetenschaps- en innovatiebeleid, schrijven drie academici. Citizen science kan maatschappelijke invloed uitoefenen omdat het vaak buiten de gangbare paden treedt. Michiel van Oudheusden, Gert Verschraegen, Ine Van Hoyweghen Wie? Onderzoekers verbonden aan het Studiecentrum Kernenergie, de KU Leuven en Universiteit Antwerpen. Wat? Citizen science gaat niet alleen over wetenschap maar ook over burgerschap en democratie....

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Call for Papers: EASST Conference 2018 @ Lancaster; 4S Conference 2018 @ Sydney; STS Italy Conference 2018 @ Padova

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Call for Papers: EASST Conference 2018 @ Lancaster; 4S Conference 2018 @ Sydney; STS Italy Conference 2018 @ Padova

Call for Papers: EASST Conference 2018 @ Lancaster; 4S Conference 2018 @ Sydney; STS Italy Conference 2018 @ Padova   CfP: “Technopolitics of integration. Charting imaginaries of innovation in the European Union” Abstract Ever increasingly since the launch of the Lisbon Agenda at the turn of the millennium, the European Union has targeted the acceleration of scientific and technological innovation as a key policy objective, envisaging the consolidation of the Union as dependent upon its “power to innovate” (European Commission 2013). Emphasized as one of the privileged means to steer the EU out of its current economic and political gridlock, while being heralded as conducive to nothing less than a “new Renaissance” (European Commission 2012), the acceleration of innovation has come to underpin the promise of the European project and to define the imaginary around which the fragile EU polity is envisaged to coalesce. In this panel, we welcome empirical and conceptual contributions aimed at making sense and critically examining the mobilization of innovation visions and policies towards the socio–political consolidation of the EU and its transnational exercise of political, economic and cultural power. Specifically, some questions that the panel seeks to probe include: which vision of the EU do innovation policies encode and perform? How is agency (re)distributed among different actors groups, and how are state-market-science relations and public-private boundaries being redefined, in EU innovation policies? Which actors groups are empowered to speak and act in the name of accelerating innovation, and whose voices are disenfranchised? What are the emerging tensions and frictions between the ideal of competitiveness enshrined in innovation programs, and those of democratic accountability and social justice? How do specific visions of innovation depend upon, mobilize and/or reinforce existing socio-political inequalities?   STS Italy: June 14 – 16, 2018 @ Padova Convenors: Luca Marelli, KU Leuven, luca.marelli@ieo.it; Ine Van Hoyweghen, KU Leuven, ine.vanhoyweghen@kuleuven.be; Gert Verschraegen, University of Antwerp, gert.verschraegen@uantwerpen.be Deadline abstract submission: February 10, 2018   EASST: July 25 – 28, 2018 @ Lancaster Convenors: Jim Dratwa, European Commission and Woodrow Wilson Center; Luca Marelli, KU Leuven, luca.marelli@ieo.it; Ine Van Hoyweghen, KU Leuven, ine.vanhoyweghen@kuleuven.be Deadline abstract submission: February 14, 2018   4S: August 29 – September 1, 2018 @ Sydney Convenors: Luca Marelli, KU Leuven, luca.marelli@ieo.it; Giuseppe Testa, European Institute of Oncology and University of Milan, giuseppe.testa@ieo.it; Ine Van Hoyweghen, KU Leuven, ine.vanhoyweghen@kuleuven.be Deadline abstract submission: February 1, 2018   CfP: “Citizen science from below and above” Abstract Bottom-up citizen science initiatives engage artists, students, hackers, journalists, entrepreneurs, and other “non-scientists” in techno-scientific activities, such as biohacking, online computer/video gaming, pollution monitoring, and wildlife species counting, among many others. As many of these initiatives serve public purposes (e.g., educational goals) and emanate within democratic and participatory countercultures (e.g., the open science movement), they challenge the authority of orthodox science. In its “purest” form, citizen science emerges as a reaction against industry, institutional science, and science policymaking, in so far as these institutes are seen to inhibit open knowledge sharing. On the other hand, some citizen scientists explicitly and deliberately link up with entrepreneurial and commercial endeavors. These dual dynamics unfold in a policy context that is conducive to the institutionalization of citizen science, as policy makers (in Europe and on the level of member states) hail citizen science as a means of “setting up future...

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2018 Annual S.NET Meeting – CALL for PAPERS

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2018 Annual S.NET Meeting  – CALL for PAPERS

The 10th annual S.NET meeting will take place June 25-27, 2018 at the Faculty of Arts and Social Science, Maastricht University, The Netherlands. The theme is Anticipatory Technologies: Data and Disorientation. Invitation S.NET invites contributions to the tenth annual meeting of The Society for the Study of New and Emerging Technologies (S.NET), to be held at Maastricht University, the Netherlands, on June 25-27 2018. The three-day conference will assemble scholars, practitioners and policy makers from around the world interested in the development and implications of emerging technologies.   About S.NET S.NET is an international association that promotes intellectual exchange and critical inquiry about the advancement of new and emerging technologies in society. The aim of the association is to advance critical reflection from various perspectives on developments in a broad range of new and emerging fields, including, but not limited to, nanoscale science and engineering, biotechnology, synthetic biology, cognitive science, ICT and Big Data, and geo-engineering. Current S.NET board members are: Michael Bennett (chair), Marianne Boenink, Ana Delgado, Clare Shelley-Egan, Chris Toumey, Poonam Pandey, Christopher Coenen, Colin Milburn, Kornelia Konrad, Nora Vaage, Maria Belen Albornoz, and Ryan LaBar.   Conference Theme: Anticipatory technologies – data and disorientation Any effort on new and emerging technologies unavoidably deals with the non-existing and the speculative. The future is permanently mobilized to promote decisions and policies regarding the science, technology and society nexus. Anticipatory technologies like predictive policing and preventive medicine promise to give us better epistemic access and practical control over the future. The basic irony, however, is that anticipatory technologies do not only increase data but also disorientation. Is the disorientation vis-á-vis the future in spite of the astonishing growth of data, or can it be a result of that growth? Does the growing control over future events in terms of risk make people more acutely aware of what they don’t control? Contributions are invited that explore existing ways in which the future is mobilized, technologically mediated, and economically exploited; that map the manifold ways it is contested both in discourse and in action; and that reflect on the extent to which new technologies ironically undermine our faith in the future. Key note speakers Prof Cyrus Mody is an historian of recent science and technology and has published on the history of nanotechnology and micro-electronics.  He studies the commercialization of academic research, countercultural science and technology, and the longue durée of responsible research and innovation. He worked at Rice University, Texas, the NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society and now has a chair at Maastricht University. Prof Marjolein van Asselt has a strong profile on governance, risk and uncertainty in both academic and policy circles. Currently she is member of the Dutch Safety Board and was a member of the Scientific Council for Government Policy for many years. She has a Governance chair at Maastricht University. Third key note speaker to be announced.   Themes, topics and conference strands for the 10th Annual Meeting S.NET encompasses communities, perspectives, and methodologies from across the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences, and welcomes contributions from technology developers and other practitioners. The program committee invites contributions from the full breadth of disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives, as well as from applied, participatory, and practical approaches to studying these emerging fields. Regionally or internationally comparative perspectives are...

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