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Topics EthicSchool in-company training

Topics and contents of the EthicSchool in-company training are determined together with you. Below, please find some examples to give you an idea of what is possible. Interested? Request an offer via the form below.

Emerging technologies; opportunities and risks for companies

Situate your innovative product in a socio-economic context. Proactively engage in developments in regulation and societal challenges.

Target group: entrepreneurs, innovation professionals

Dilemmas in biosecurity

How can companies, researchers and governments stimulate lifesaving innovation in life sciences while minimising risks for public health and bioterror? Where is the boundary between legal accountability and voluntary co-responsibility. Delve into the dilemmas of biosecurity and improve your decision making skills by discussing case studies. Participants in the EthicSchool workshop Responsible Innovation in Life Sciences, 6-11-2012 were enthousiastic.

Target group biosafety officers, life science professionals

Responsible Innovation in practice

Innovation is key to the survival of your company or organisation, but you can never count on success. This course teaches you structured reflection on future opportunities and risks of your product for people, planet and society. EthicSchool contributes knowledge about societal aspects and tools for ethical reflection, while you contribute knowledge about the innovative product or process. EthicSchool specialises in emerging technologies including nanotechnology, life sciences and information and communication technologies. See also Responsible Innovation in Practice and Ethics of Emerging Technologies, 9-13 September 2013.

Target group: high tech entrepreneurs, researchers

See also the offer for students and general audiences.

Offer for students and general audiences

Ineke Malsch regularly gives presentations for students and general audiences about ethics and emerging technologies. Are you organising an event and looking for speakers? Please get in touch. Costs are negotiable. Interested? Request an offer via the form below.

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Human Enhancement

Medical technology offers cures for the sick and disabled, but may also improve healthy people offering longer lives, infrared eyesight, brains online, designer babies etc. Should all that is possible be allowed? What do you think? Formulate your own opinion and join the discussion like students in the EthicSchool summerschool on Ethics of Emerging Technologies, 9-13 September 2013. See also the Democs game on Human Enhancement.

Target group: anyone who is interested, no prior knowledge is required

Nanotechnology and Health

Nanotechnology means “dwarf-technology”. Processing materials or microchips at the level of atoms and molecules (nanometers, billionths of metres) gives them new properties, distinct from the properties of the same materials in bulk. E.g. golden nanoparticles may colour red or blue depending on the size of the particles. Nanotechnology promises applications in pharmaceuticals, water purification, food, agriculture and environmental protection that enable healthier lives for people. At the same time, nanomaterials can offer new risks for health and environment. Ineke Malsch likes to tell you all about this. See also Malsch & Emond (eds) Nanotechnology and Human Health, CRC press, 2013.

Target group: students, general public

Ethics and Nanotechnology

Even though nanotechnology is still emerging, it has already given rise to lots of discussion about ethical and societal aspects anywhere in the world. Ineke Malsch has studied these discussions in her PhD-thesis Ethics and Nanotechnology: Responsible development of nanotechnology at global level in the 21st century (Radboud University Nijmegen, 4 October 2011). She loves discussing the dilemmas raised by this new technology.

Target group: students, general public

New Technology, peace and security

New Key Enabling Technologies such as nanotechnology, life sciences and information and communication technologies can be applied anywhere, including in weapons. International Humanitarian Law requires States to consider potential future ethical consequences even during technological development. However, prediction is difficult, especially of the future. Ineke Malsch applies criteria from the ancient Just War Theory to decision making about emerging technologies with implications for peace and security. See also The Just War Theory and the Ethical Governance of Research.

Target group: students, interested people

Sustainable innovation

“Sustainable” nowadays often is taken to mean “Green”, but “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”, according to the UN report “Our Common Future”. Ineke Malsch applies the Capability Approach by philosopher Martha Nussbaum to reflections on sustainable development of emerging technologies at global level. See also chapter 5 in   Ethics and Nanotechnology.

Target group: students, general public

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