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BSTS Workshop – Reflections on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI): Accomplishments, Limitations, Prospects

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BSTS Workshop – Reflections on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI): Accomplishments, Limitations, Prospects

With Erik Fisher, Arizona State University, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Responsible Innovation 21 June: 10am-12pm – KU Leuven conferentiezaal HIVA lokaalnummer 00.11 – Parkstraat 47, 3000 Leuven You are cordially invited to participate in this interactive workshop on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) with Erik Fisher (Arizona State University, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Responsible Innovation). Drawing on his experiences with science policy making and socio-technical integration research, Erik Fisher will present the contours of RRI in Europe and the USA and discuss its implications for science policy and practice. After this introduction, workshop participants will be invited to discuss with him accomplishments, limitations, and possible futures of RRI. Guiding questions for joint reflection and debate include: How has RRI evolved since its introduction in science policy and practice? How is RRI changing? What are practical cases of RRI and what do we learn from them? Does RRI align with the EC’s new vision of ‘Open Science’ and ‘Open Innovation’? How can/should we imagine RRI in the years ahead? How and why should scholars (specifically STS researchers) engage with RRI? Themes and issues raised in the workshop will help to define and scope an upcoming special issue on RRI Futures, to be published in the Journal of Responsible Innovation. Participation is free of charge but registration is mandatory before 17 June. Please send an email to: michiel.vanoudheusden@kuleuven.be...

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Life Sciences & Lab Seminar ‘Ecology, Politics and the Imagination’ (May 21st, Leuven)

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We are happy to invite you to our Life Sciences & Lab Seminar ‘Ecology, Politics and the Imagination’ with professor Gerard Kuperus (University of San Fransisco) and Kim Hendrickx (KU Leuven). Join us in Leuven on May 21st for a work-in-progress seminar on the relations between ecology and our imaginative capacities in writing, scientific practice and politics. More information can be found on the Life Sciences & Society Lab website. For more information and registration, please contact Kim Hendrickx.   Gerard Kuperus is Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco specialized in the philosophy of nature, environmental philosophy and Continental philosophy. Kuperus has published a monograph Ecopolitical Homelessness: Defining place in an unsettled world (Routledge, 2016) and the volume Ontologies of Nature (Springer, 2017; coedited with Marjolein Oele). Additionally, he has published articles in different areas of the history of philosophy (Kant, German Romanticism, Existentialism, and Plato, among others), aesthetics, and animal rights. Steinbeck and Ricketts as Political Ecologists: Rethinking Science and the Human Condition Steinbeck, through his collaborations with Ricketts, provides deep insights in the human condition by emphasizing our rootedness in evolution. They show how we are interrelated evolutionary with all other life forms. Their work, a phenomenological approach of the Gulf of California, leads to a reassessment of the human condition, as one deeply rooted in earlier lifeforms. I argue that their insight that the tidepool is an unmasked replica of our own society, leads us to an opportunity to rethink politics and society as inherited from other animals. Most directly we can look at chimps, but also rats, ants, or fish form different models of collaboration. Kim Hendrickx is FWO Postdoctoral Fellow at the Life Sciences & Society Lab of the Centre for Sociological Research, KU Leuven. Trained in Anthropology and Science & Technology Studies (STS), he is interested in body-environment relations; science fiction and speculative pragmatism in the social sciences: From chemical traces to speculative futures: a social inquiry into human biomonitoring Concerns about human health and the environment are currently giving prominence to a particular form of scientific investigation called human biomonitoring (HBM). HBM mobilizes cohorts of human volunteers to give samples (e.g. blood, milk, hair or urine) which are analyzed to identify traces of environmental pollutants. The main particularity of HBM is that human volunteers are involved as both subjects of research – providing information about exposure levels inside the body – and indicators of the environment, raising questions about sources of pollution outside of the body. The main research question of my project is how, and by whom, ‘exposure’ and ‘pollution’ become defined and how, and by whom, decisions are made to deal with exposure in the future. My general aim is to establish an original and distinct line of research into “chemical traces”, tracing from past exposures to urgent questions of future action, and making HBM projects real-time experiments in environmental justice and public participation in...

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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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