Harro van Lente, University of Maastricht

Title: Responsible innovation for nanotechnologies: how to do it
Session: Monday 5 October, 14:15


Increasingly researchers are expected to take into account how their findings will be used, and what this brings in commercial, social and ethical terms. The notion of 'responsible innovation' has become fashionable amongst policy makers and knowledge institutes. In the new Horizon 2020 calls of the European Union, for instance, 'responsible research and innovation' figures prominently as a condition and an aim in itself. It is not fully clear what responsible innovation entails and how nanotechnological research could deal with it. Central elements are efforts to anticipate possible future and to take eventual consequences into account. The various understandings of RRI are presented in this talk, as well as the implications and possibilities for researchers, research directors and policy makers. 





Since September 2014 Harro van Lente is full professor Science and Technology Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Social Science. Before he has been Socrates Professor of Philosophy of Sustainable Development at ICIS, Maastricht University and Associate Professor of Innovation Studies at Utrecht University. He studied at the University of Twente and graduated in physics and philosophy of science & technology. He is one of the founding fathers of the Sociology of Expectations, which studies the dynamics of expectations in the development of technology. Van Lente has published widely on technology dynamics, innovation policy and philosophy of technology. In 2013 he has been Visiting Professor at the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB). Since 2011 he is program director of Technology Assessment at NanoNextNL, the Dutch nanotechnology consortium.


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