Monday, March 16, 2015

CfPs: International Conference on Responsible Innovation: A European Agenda? 24-25 August, The Hague

Call for Papers

Responsible Innovation: A European Agenda?
24 – 25 August 2015 – The Hague

We invite you to submit abstracts for the Fourth International Conference on Responsible Innovation organized by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). NWO has launched an interdisciplinary research program that brings together researchers from ethics, applied science and the social and behavioral sciences in research projects that consider the ethical and social aspects of new technology from the design phase onwards.

Research in the field of Responsible Innovation is typically geared towards solutions to the grand and societal challenges as they figure in the Millennium Goals and the EU Horizon2020 program. Contributions are expected to clarify how the research and innovation processes are organized in such a way that the outcomes can be deemed 'responsible' and as oriented towards such solutions. Contributions should offer guidance in thinking about the moral justification of technical, economic or institutional aspects of innovations.

We encourage submissions from an interdisciplinary spectrum, including but not limited to philosophy, engineering, applied science, social science, economics and those involved in public or private sector policymaking. You may submit abstracts for a paper or a poster session using the conference website. To offer a paper or poster for one of the sessions, please submit an extended abstract (circa 1,000 words) (your abstract should indicate whether you intend to present a paper or a poster).

A selection of papers will be published in the fourth volume of the Conference Series (Springer).

This years conference also hosts a "responsible innovation exhibition". Research teams have the possibility to present societally responsible innovations to an audience of entrepreneurs and policy makers. Further information on participation will follow coming Spring.


5pm on Friday, 11 May (Amsterdam time).

Abstracts will be blind-reviewed and applicants will be notified about acceptance of their contribution on Tuesday, 2 June 2015.


  • 11 May 2015 — abstract submission deadline
  • 2 June 2015 — notification of acceptance
  • 24 and 25 Aug 2015 — conference Responsible Innovation 


SUITABLE TOPICS INCLUDE (but are not limited to)

  • Medical technology and biomedical research
  • e-Health
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Surveillance
  • Renewables
  • Neurotechnology
  • Military technology and cyberwarfare
  • Human enhancement
  • Big Data
  • Smart transport
  • Sustainable food and water
  • Smart grids and biofuels
  • Biodiversity and animal production
  • Law, ethics, and development
  • The Internet of Things
  • Energy Transition
  • High tech systems and materials
  • Transition to a green industrial chemistry
  • Biorenewables and the Circular Economy
  • Entrepreneurship


We especially invite submissions from contributors from developing countries, who may be eligible for a scholarship in order to cover (part of their) travel expenses. In that case, please send a separate e-mail to Lotte Asveld ( with the subject line "Submission Scholarship MVI Conference 2015". The e-mail should contain an indication of the expected travel and accommodation costs and state the contributor's country of origin. Contributors from developing countries will be notified about the outcome on 2 June 2015.

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