Workshop on the Ethics of Molecular Robotics

Molecular robotics is an emerging discipline that aims to produce artificial molecular systems that can adapt to change in the environment, self-organize and evolve. By co-designing possible and desirable futures and co-creating the Ethical Principles, molecular roboticists in Japan have been collaborating with social scientists and stakeholders to participate in the governance of technology development in a reflexive manner. Similar experiences can also be found in the European RRI and TA activities, which highlight the integration of ethical consideration in multi-/inter- disciplinary research management and stakeholder engagement. This workshop aims to share an understanding of molecular robotics and its ethical and social implications and exchange knowledge and lessons of the governance of emerging technologies in Norway, Europe and Japan.

Date: 12:00-16:00, Wednesday 30 October 2019
Venue: Work Research Institute (AFI), OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

  • Introduction by Go Yoshizawa (AFI, OsloMet)
  • ‘ELSI and RRI of molecular robotics – from a scientist’s perspective’ Akihiko Konagaya (School of Computing, Tokyo Institute of Technology)
  • ‘Lessons from co-creating the Ethical Principles for Molecular Robotics’ Naoto Kawahara (Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Kyushu University Hospital)
  • ‘Responsible governance of science and technology: cases of GMO and stem cell’ Ryuma Shineha (Faculty of Arts and Literature, Seijo University)
  • ‘Current issues in patenting in Europe’ Nico Groenendijk (AFI, OsloMet)
  • ‘The ethics of creating cyborgs – Coping with potential ethical consequences in open ended multidisciplinary research’ Mads Dahl Gjefsen & Knut Jørgen Vie (AFI, OsloMet)
  • ‘Experiments in interdisciplinarity: opportunities and challenges’ Erik Thorstensen & Clare Shelley-Egan (AFI, OsloMet)

Workshop on Opening Ethics Research and Research Governance

Open science and innovation comes to the fore in Horizon Europe by assimilating (or dissolving) thematic elements of RRI, but it remains unclear what is meant by ‘openness’ and how the existing ‘Science with and for Society’ (SwafS) concepts and practices (e.g. RRI, ELSI, TA) are related to such open approaches. One of the practical challenges here is that ethics research applied to medicine, environment and robotics/AI has been rather separately developed although scientific research is increasingly converging and inter-/trans- disciplinary. Another challenge is that scientific research now requires more bottom-up, networked and adaptive governance across organisational and institutional boundaries. This workshop will therefore examine the concept of openness by addressing issues on ethics research and research governance in Norway, Europe and Japan.

Date: 12:00-16:00, Friday 13 September 2019
Venue: Work Research Institute (AFI), OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway

  • Introduction by Go Yoshizawa (AFI, OsloMet)
  • ‘Local enactment of human practices: iGEM and the challenge of openness in education’ Koichi Mikami (Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University)
  • ‘Ethical and legal framework and public dialogue on expanding genome editing applications’ Jusaku Minari (Center for iPS Cell Research and Application, Kyoto University)
  • ‘AI and medicine: changing role and responsibilities of experts’ Arisa Ema (Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo)
  • ‘Embodied engagement: a case study of the multidisciplinary creation of a cyborg’ Knut Jørgen Vie (AFI, OsloMet)
  • ‘Technological care: health professionals’ discourses on home technology seen through a capability approach’ Erik Thorstensen (AFI, OsloMet)
  • ‘Engaging stakeholders in biotechnology patenting; a post-normal analysis of the European patent system’ Anders Braarud Hanssen (Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, OsloMet)
  • ‘RRI and Open Science: synergies, differences and the potential for transformative change’ Mads Dahl Gjefsen & Clare Shelley-Egan (AFI, OsloMet)