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Ethics in Public Policy Making: The Case of Human Enhancement

Objective

EPOCH aims both to broaden and deepen knowledge of the role of ethics in the governance of science and technology, focusing on ethical aspects of new and emerging bio-, neuro- and nanotechnologies and specifically related to the topic of human enhancement (i.e. any modification of the human body aimed at improving performance and realized by scientific-technological means). On the basis of comparative analyses of current governance and normative frameworks at European and national level (including non-EU countries), a comprehensive approach to the governance of contentious developments in science, technology and society will be outlined. It will include guidance and strategic options for governance activities in Europe, but also specific proposals regarding public policies on selected enhancement technologies, focusing on physical enhancement in sport. The research will cover (i) academic, policy and public discourses; (ii) the institutional landscape of ethical policy advice; (iii) the multi-disciplinary expertise involved in it; (iv) procedures and mechanisms for a participatory, socially inclusive, and reflexive governance of science and technology; and (v) specific ethical and governance challenges raised by the use of new technologies for human enhancement. EPOCH aims to generate new insights into the role of ethical expertise in European policy making on science and technology, coherent with national and other European projects. The comprehensive governance approach adopted will facilitate the integration of emerging technologies in an open, effective and democratic knowledge-based society. It will have a strong and critical participatory element, embedded in a broader multidisciplinary and reflexive governance framework. It will also include suggestions on how to foster, in the European Union and beyond, cross-national reflection and well-informed discussions on ethically contentious scientific and technological developments.

Field of science

  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/ethics
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance
  • /social sciences/political science/public policy

Call for proposal

FP7-SCIENCE-IN-SOCIETY-2010-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 233 379
Administrative Contact
Vince Boyle (Mr.)

Participants (9)

KARLSRUHER INSTITUT FUER TECHNOLOGIE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 184 646
Address
Kaiserstrasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Natascha Wallburg (Ms.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 190 862
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Vittorio Domenichelli (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 82 200
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Arnaud Richet (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 82 200
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Astrid Frissen (Ms.)
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI
Slovenia
EU contribution
€ 82 200
Address
Kongresni Trg 12
1000 Ljubljana
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Irena Brinar (Ms.)
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 104 838
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Julie Williams (Ms.)
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE PUBLIC COMPANY LIMITED BY GUARANTEE
Singapore
EU contribution
€ 57 782
Address
Lower Kent Ridge Road 21
119077 Singapore
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Benjamin James Capps (Dr.)
AARHUS UNIVERSITET
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 127 105
Address
Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Minna Riel Jensen (Ms.)
University of Calgary
Canada
EU contribution
€ 4 800
Address
University Drive Nw 2500
T2N 1N4 Calgary Alberta
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Donna Mcdonald (Ms.)