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Joe Davis visits UAntwerpen: coverage in ‘De Tijd’

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Last week, on March 18 2019, Joe Davis (affiliated to both MIT and Harvard) visited for his lecture ‘The Unification of knowledge’, with support from BSTS. De Tijd, the Belgian Financial Journal, covered Davis’ visit to Antwerp.  Frédéric Vandermoere explains why he invited professor Davis: ‘By inviting Joe to Antwerp, I wanted to transfer his unique spirit. Joe can show my student that they do not have to limit themselves to just their own discipline, it is good to cross borders from time to time’. The full article (in Dutch) can be found on...

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Pierre Delvenne awarded prize ‘Amis de l’université de Liège 2018’

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Pierre Delvenne awarded prize ‘Amis de l’université de Liège 2018’

Pierre Delvenne (Spiral, UlG) is awarded the prize of the ‘friends of UlG’ for his work on the bioeconomy. Congratulations! For more information on the prize and Pierre’s work, click here.

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Trudy Dehue lecture ‘Stel het wordt normaal om af te wijken’ – 11/3 Leuven

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Trudy Dehue lecture ‘Stel het wordt normaal om af te wijken’ – 11/3 Leuven

Trudy Dehue (Universiteit Groningen)  will give the 4th Health Humanities Lecture “Stel het wordt normaal om af te wijken” -, 11/03/2019, 14u, Kinepolis, Leuven. This is also the opening lecture of the disABILITY Filmfestival ‘Cobbles & STones’ March 11-15.This lecture will be held in Dutch. Everyone is welcome to attend, but registration is...

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Lab Seminar Steve Sturdy – Intellectual Property and Genomic Commons 21/3

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Lab Seminar Steve Sturdy – Intellectual Property and Genomic Commons 21/3

Steve Sturdy (University of Edinburgh) will visit Leuven to close the first Health Humanities Lecture Series. On March 21st (4-6pm) the Life Sciences and Society Lab organises a seminar in the Library Researcher’s Zone (SBIB) where we will discuss his work on intellectual property and genomic commons. Everyone is welcome to attend, but registration is required (via gert.meyers@kuleuven.be). More information can be found here: ...

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Joe Davis – Unification of Knowledge 18/03/2019 Antwerp

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Joe Davis – Unification of Knowledge 18/03/2019 Antwerp

Joe Davis is research affiliate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and artist-scientist in the laboratory of George Church at the Department of Genetics at Harvard University. His work was published and discussed in various books and magazines such as Nature. As a bioartist, he explores the boundaries (if there are any) between art & science, living up to the ideal image of how artists should be in the eyes of 1st century BC Roman polymath Marcus Vitruvius Pollio…an image that has been forgotten by most artists and scientists.  Check the online teaser of the world of Joe Davis, and come experience him yourself live in Antwerp! More info...

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2018 Ethics Week VUB

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2018 Ethics Week VUB

From 4 to 7 December, the VUB is hosting an Ethics Week for researchers. Ethics Week offers a series of events around ethical themes that are of interest to younger and more experienced researchers, and to its research policy makers. For more information and to register: http://www.vub.ac.be/weekvandeethiek/

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CfP TILTing Perspectives 2019 – Tilburg

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CfP TILTing Perspectives 2019 – Tilburg

Urbanization, migration, platformization, digitalization, smartification, datafication, economic integration and, climate mitigation and adaptation. There is a common denominator to each and every one of these concepts: Change. A transition from a given ‘old’ to an unknown or uncertain ‘new’. Change itself is closely related to technology. Change may be the intended result of the application of a technology, or it may be one of its unintended side effects. In any case, the development of technology by humanity poses complex moral and legal questions as to the acceptability of the intended and unintended effects that technology has on a given society. These developments and transformations warrant the adoption of ‘Regulating a World in Transition’ as the theme for the sixth bi-annual TILTing Perspectives conference on the intersection of law, technology, and society, which will take place atTilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands on 15-17 May 2019. Whereas TILTing conferences historically have had a specific focus such as ‘robotics and neurotechnologies’ in 2011 and ‘health and surveillance’ in 2015, the 2017 conference for the first time introduced an entire spectrum of topics and disciplines under the broad umbrella of law, technology and society. The TILTing 2019 conference maintains this approach and welcomes contributions on different types of technologies, as well as general observations on transition and the regulation of technology in a changing world. The TILTing Perspectives 2019 conference strives to bring together scholars of various disciplines that conduct research on the ways in which societies attempt to regulate technologies that both contribute to a changing world and that equally constitute evidence of humanity’s attempts to tame the negative aspects of that transition. Please find the call for papers and more info here:...

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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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