Towards Responsible Research and Innovation in the ICT and Security Technologies Fields
How a framework of "responsible research and innovation" can both foster innovation while taking into account fundamental rights such as privacy.

Wednesday 30 November 2011 from 13:00 to 15:00
A sandwich lunch will be served at 12:30

  • Rene von Schomberg, Editor of the book, policy/scientific project officer, DG RTD, European Commission
  • Nicole Dewandre, Adviser to the Director General, DG INFSO, European Commission
  • Professor Emilio Mordini, Director of the Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship; Coordinator of Project RISE and HIDE
  • Reidar Lie, Professor, research ethicist, University Norway  
  • Nigel Cameron, President and CEO at Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies, Washington DC
Moderated by Martin Porter, Managing Director, Edelman│The Centre
New techniques and technologies, such as DNA research, smart cameras, data mining, etc., have made it easier than ever before to store and process large amounts of personal and sensitive information.  The question arises whether the European citizen has sufficient knowledge of what information is stored for which purpose and for what period of time.
Ethical frameworks for new and emerging fields of science and technology increasingly must address the issue of privacy and data protection. This topic emerges as a theme across various sectors, such as the health sector and justice and homeland security, and new technologies, such as information technology, security technology, biometrics, biomedical technology and the prospective applications of particular nanotechnologies.
Our privacy protection is guided in part by European legislation which predates the emergence of new technologies. Possibly, some technologies are developed in an uncertain legal environment.  The current overhaul of EU data protection law has to take this into account.
Join this roundtable with experts from European universities and the European Commission to discuss the results of research and coordination projects funded under the European Commission funded Science in Society programme (FP7) which addresses the Research and Technology Development phase or the application phase of new technologies.
These projects yield insights on how our understanding of privacy may change in the light of those technologies, and how privacy is weighed against other ethical values related to security and practical convenience.
To register, please send an email with ‘ICT & privacy’ in the subject field and stating clearly your name and organisation to:
The event will take place at:
Edelman | The Centre
Avenue Marnix 22
B-1000 Brussels
Please note that this invitation is personal. As our room’s capacity is limited, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.


Conference Book of abstracts available
BECOME INVOLVED: The program of the PRESCIENT conference is now available!
SAVE THE DATE: The PRESCIENT project will hold an international conference on "Privacy and Emerging Sciences and Technologies" on 27 & 28 November 2012 at Fraunhofer Forum in Berlin
30-11-2011: Book Launch: Towards Responsible Research and Innovation in the ICT and Security Technologies Fields.
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01-06-2011: Workshop on "Privacy issues arising from next generation whole genome sequencing" (01 June 2011) in Brussels
In co-operation with the STOA Project "Making Perfect Life"