Going Global: Assessing Ethics and Responsibility in Science and Technology

Global challenges such as climate change, digitalization or pandemics as well as the development and well-being of societies and individuals are integrally linked to science and technology (S&T). The funding of science, national policies surrounding its organization and the status of science are connected to different societal values and cultural systems. The interplay between S&T, political, economic and societal spheres takes place on a regional, national and international stage, with networks and communities stretching across the globe. In order to better align national and international values and diverse expectations with the practices, processes and implications of science and technology, assessments, frameworks and parameters are needed. For this, several approaches can be useful, ranging from global ethics in S&T, Technology Assessment or Responsible Research and Innovation. In turn, these should be adapted according to different inter-cultural perspectives as well as global targets such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Block 1: Science Ethics

Dr. Julia Hahn

Dr. Julia Hahn has been a researcher at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) since 2011. She has experience working in several EU-funded projects (e.g. Responsible Research and Innovation in Practice, Responsible Industry, Parliaments and Civil Society in Technology Assessment), especially focusing on small and large scale stakeholder and citizen engagement. Her research interests include participatory methods of Technology Assessment, interdisciplinary and cultural perspectives of sustainability as well as Responsible Research and Innovation. She obtained her PhD in Philosophy at KIT focusing on the conceptual and practical implications of a global Technology Assessment, particularly in Germany, China and India. Further developing a global framework for the assessment of impacts of (new) technologies as well as how to provide policy advice in this context continues to be a focus for her.