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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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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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