António Brandão Moniz (FCT NOVA, ITAS-KIT, CICS.NOVA), Monte de Caparica, 30-06-2017:

New industry processes, new safety issues... but a new interaction with machines?

5ª Conferência Doutoral em Avaliação de Tecnologia

5th Doctoral Conference on Technology Assessment

Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia

Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Programa Doutoral em Avaliação de Tecnologia

Campus de Caparica

Local: Auditório da Biblioteca da FCT-UNL

Data: 15 de Julho de 2015

das 9:30 às 17:30

Miltos Ladikas (ITAS-KIT), Monte de Caparica
Ethics in Responsible Governance of S&T; a global perspective
Grunwald, A.  2011.  Responsible innovation: bringing together technology assessment, applied ethics, and STS research. Enterprise and Work Innovation Studies. 7:9-31. AbstractWebsite

The ideas of ‘responsible development’ in the scientific-technological advance and of ‘responsible innovation’ in the field of new products, services and systems have been discussed for some years now with increasing intensity (Siune et al. 2009) and led to the phrase of ‘Responsible Research and Innovation’ (RRI). The postulate of responsible innovation adds explicit ethical reflection to Technology Assessment (TA) and science, technology and society (STS) studies and includes all of them into integrative approaches to shaping technology and innovation. Responsible innovation brings together TA with its experiences on assessment procedures, actor involvement, foresight and evaluation with ethics, in particular under the framework of responsibility, and also builds on the body of knowledge about R&D and innovation processes provided by STS and STIS studies (science, technology, innovation and society). Ethical reflection and technology assessment are increasingly taken up as integrative part of R&Dprogrammes (Siune et al. 2009). Science institutions, including research funding agencies, have started taking a pro-active role in promoting integrative research and development. Thus, the governance of science and of R&D processes is changing which opens up new possibilities and opportunities for involving new actors and new types of reflection. In this paper I want to demonstrate at a more conceptual level that Responsible Innovation can build on experiences and knowledge provided by the three mentioned fields of research: ethics, technology assessment, and STS respective STIS studies. To this end I will start by a brief analysis of the thematic dimensions included in the notion of responsibility and the respective disciplinary approaches to explore and investigate them (Sec. 2). The field of technology assessment is then introduced as a major origin of the Responsible Innovation movement including already some of the main ideas behind Responsible Innovation (Sec. 3). Based on the TA tradition Responsible Innovation may be characterized as a broadened extension of technology assessment complemented by ethics and STS (Sec. 4). As an illustration, the field of Synthetic Biology is introduced (Sec. 5).

Nuno Boavida

junior researcher/CESNOVA-IET, ITAS-KIT


  • Graduated in Industrial Production Engineering at the New University of Lisbon in 1999
  • Master of Science in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2001 (Thesis on the Revitalization strategies for Portuguese labour movement)
  • Student of the PhD in Technology Assessment at the New University of Lisbon since 2009 (Thesis on technology decision-making and the use of innovation indicators)

Professional background

António Brandão Moniz



Studied Sociology at ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon until 1980; Post-graduation studies on Social Sciences at University of Azores 1983; PhD on Sociology at Universidade Nova de Lisboa 1992, on processes of technological and organisational changes in the Portuguese manufacturing industry. Habilitation 2001 at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal) on Sociology of New Information Technologies.

Professional background

Armin Grunwald



Studies in Physics, Diploma degree 1983. Doctorate (Dr. rer. nat.) 1987 at the University of Cologne with a PhD thesis in theoretical solid state physics. Study of Mathematics and Philosophy, completed in 1991 with first state examination (Erstes Staatsexamen). Habilitation and venia legendi in Philosophy at the University of Marburg 1998.

Professional background