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Stakeholder-informed ethics for new technologies with high socio-economic and human rights impact

Objective

SIENNA is a three and a half year project with 11 core partners and 2 associate partners, focussing on ethical and human rights challenges posed by human genomics, human enhancement and human-machine interaction technologies such as robots and smart devices. While these technologies offer significant benefits to individuals and society, they also present significant ethical challenges, e.g., in relation to human autonomy, equality, personal liberty, privacy, and accountability. In collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, SIENNA will identify and assess the ethical and socio-economic issues, public opinions, legal regulation and human rights implications of each technology. It will produce a framework for each of the three technologies that will form the basis for the development of research ethics protocols, professional ethical codes, and better ethical and legal frameworks. Before developing their recommendations, the partners will gather ethical views of experts and citizens towards the three technologies in four ways: (1) a major survey of citizens in 11 countries within and outside the EU; (2) panels of citizens in five countries; (3) interviews with experts and stakeholders; (4) workshops with stakeholders including scientists, ethicists, research ethics committees, professional organisations, civil society organisations, industry and policy makers. SIENNA will boost the EU’s leadership in developing ethical standards and support its vision of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as a means to foster the design of inclusive research and innovation. The project will improve knowledge of the ethical, human rights and socio-economic impacts of the three technologies, while supporting ethical and responsible decision making by research ethics committees, scientific researchers and policy makers in the three areas. SIENNA will also create added value by generalising its methods for use in other emerging technological domains.

Field of science

  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/ethics
  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /social sciences/law/human rights

Call for proposal

H2020-SwafS-2016-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 918 937,50

Participants (11)

TRILATERAL RESEARCH LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 585 937,50
Address
One Knightsbridge Green Office 5.12, 5Th Floor
SW1X 7QA London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UPPSALA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 806 555
Address
Von Kraemers Alle 4
751 05 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELSINSKA FUNDACJA PRAW CZLOWIEKA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 155 812,50
Address
Ul. Zgoda 11
00018 Warszawa
Activity type
Other
EUROPEAN NETWORK OF RESEARCH ETHICS COMMITTEES (EUREC) EV

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Bonner Talweg 57
53111 Bonn
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 68 550
Address
Cuesta Del Hospicio Sn
18071 Granada
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IONIAN UNIVERSITY
Greece
EU contribution
€ 88 587,50
Address
Ioannou Theotoki 72
49100 Corfu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO RIO DE JANEIRO
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 38 497,50
Address
Av Brigadeiro Trompowski Sn 2
21941 590 Rio De Janeiro
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Dalian University of Technology
China
EU contribution
€ 24 437,50
Address
Linggong Road, Ganjingzi District No.2
116024 Dalian
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES
France
EU contribution
€ 58 900
Address
Rue Saint Guillaume 27
75337 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 49 072,50
Address
Private Bag X3
7701 Rondebosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EUREC OFFICE GUG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 201 500
Address
Werdstr. 31
53225 Bonn
Activity type
Other