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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.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Address

Drienerlolaan 5
7522 Nb Enschede

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 918 937,50

Participants (10)

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TRILATERAL RESEARCH LTD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 585 937,50

UPPSALA UNIVERSITET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 806 555

HELSINSKA FUNDACJA PRAW CZLOWIEKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 155 812,50

EUROPEAN NETWORK OF RESEARCH ETHICS COMMITTEES (EUREC) EV

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 201 500

UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 68 550

IONIAN UNIVERSITY

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 88 587,50

UNIVERSIDADE FEDERAL DO RIO DE JANEIRO

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 38 497,50

Dalian University of Technology

China

EU Contribution

€ 24 437,50

FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES

France

EU Contribution

€ 58 900

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN

South Africa

EU Contribution

€ 49 072,50

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 741716

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 October 2017

  • End date

    31 March 2021

Funded under:

H2020-EU.5.g.

H2020-EU.5.f.

H2020-EU.5.c.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 996 787,50

  • EU contribution

    € 3 996 787,50

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands