Ethics by Design: Responsible Development of Technology

The main idea of the conference is to create and spread awareness about ethical aspect of technological development. With the approach of not only presenting established scientists but also building a platform for upcoming ones and enthusiasts, the conference will be sectioned into four main panels. Three of them will be divided by topics, housing key speakers and established scientists, while last one will be exclusive opportunity for students and young researchers to present their ideas.

Approach of “Ethics by Design” aims to enhance current and future progress of scientific development by adhering human factor and values within said process. Combining philosophy, ethics, social sciences and components of “hard science” we aim to discuss and enhance grounds for sustainable development. Following European Union’s actions in fields like medicine, AI and research and development programmes we set out to combine the experiences to create possible new actions regarding creating policies and direct actions within research.

Scientific Committee

Dr Mónica Cano Abadía

Moral and political philosopher. In 2014, she obtained with honors her PhD in Philosophical Studies from the University of Zaragoza. In addition to her MA in Philosophical Studies (2010), she holds a second MA in Secondary Education Teaching (2017), with a specialization in the pedagogy of ethics and political philosophy. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies – South East Europe (University of Rijeka), and at the Section of Political Philosophy (University of Graz). She is currently working at BBMRI-ERIC providing ELSI (Ethical, Legal, and Societal Issues) support to the biobanking community, and she is a lecturer at the master's programme in Interdisciplinary Women´s and Gender Studies (University of Graz). Her current research foci include gender and ethics of AI in biomedicine.

Dr Ron Iphofen

FAcSS, an Independent Research Consultant, a Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences, the Higher Education Academy and the Royal Society of Medicine. Since retiring as Director of Postgraduate Studies in Health Sciences at Bangor University, his major activity has been as an adviser to several agencies within the European Commission for both the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and Horizon 2020, and a range of governmental and independent research institutions internationally such as in France for L’Agence nationale de recherche (ANR); in Canada for the Social Sciencesand Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); and in Ireland the National Disability Authority (NDA) of the Ministry of Justice. He has been Vice Chair of the UK Social Research Association and convenes their Research Ethics Forum. He has advised the UK Research Integrity Office (UKRIO) and the UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) among many others. He has advised on several major EC projects including the RESPECT project (on pan-European standards in the social sciences) and SECUR-ED (on passenger transport security). He recently completed an EU-funded project influencing policy on research ethics and scientific integrity across all non-medical sciences on which he was PI: the PRO-RES Project Ron founded the gerontology journal Quality in Ageing and Older Adults while his books include: Ethical Decision Making in Social Research: A Practical Guide, Palgrave Macmillan (2009/2011); the book series Advances in Research Ethics and Integrity Emerald (from 2017); he co-edited with Martin Tolich the SAGE Handbook of Ethics in Qualitative Research (2018) and edited the SPRINGER Nature Handbook of Scientific Research and Integrity (2020).

Dr Isidoros Karatzas

Head of the Ethics and Research Integrity Sector, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Biochemist and Psychologist by training. He has been a "Science" Programme Research Fellow (precursor to the Marie Currie Programme). After joining the European Commission, he was responsible for the evaluation of the Framework Programmes where he set up the European Network on RTD Evaluation. Consequently, he managed the risk governance research file and was the scientific secretary of the European Research Advisory Board (EURAB), a Commission high-level advisory body dealing with research policy and priorities. Currently, he is the head of the Ethics and Research Integrity Sector in DG Research and Innovation. As head of the sector, he established the self-assessment and ethics advisors methodology as well as advanced training courses on research ethics and research integrity for Commission staff, the research ethics experts community, early carrier researchers and for national and European professional associations. He has set up the first European system of ethics audits and checks and has led the efforts to produce specific guidelines on ethics in research. With his team initiated the efforts to update and publish the new European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity and prepared and implemented the Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe research ethics appraisal process.

Dr Ralf Lindner

Head of the Department Policy & Society and Coordinator for Technology Assessment and Governance at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. He has participated in, managed and coordinated numerous large national and European research projects in the field of science, technology and innovation policy and governance. He is particularly interested in policy design and governance approaches for transformative change, mission oriented innovation policy, responsible research and innovation, and processes of policy learning. Additional research interests include the analysis of diffusion and adoption processes of emerging technologies, particularly ICTs, and Internet-based communication and interaction processes, particularly e participation and e-democracy. Ralf Lindner received his degree in political science and economics from the University of Augsburg, completed graduate work at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver) and post-graduate studies at Carleton University (Ottawa). From 2011 to 2013 Dr Lindner held a chair in Political Science at the Quadriga University Berlin, where he also was head of the Department of Politics and Public Affairs. In 2018, he was appointed to the Regional Forum for Research and Innovation advising the Government of Lombardy on its innovation strategy.

Prof. dr hab. Paweł Łuków

Professor of philosophy and ethics. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw, Poland, where he chairs the Department of Ethics, and the Center for Bioethics and Biolaw. He works as an ethics expert for domestic and international institutions. Most recently, he has been appointed to serve as Member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies. He has published on I. Kant’s ethics, bioethics, and philosophy of medicine. His current research focuses on human dignity and human rights in bioethical regulation and policy-making in a democratic society, equal access to health care, the ethical and legal status of the human body in transplant medicine, protection of human dignity and vulnerability in biomedical research, and ethics education of medical professionals.

Call for Papers: Ethics by Design: Responsible Development of Technology

The Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Organisation and Management in Industry „ORGMASZ”
Faculty of Philosophy, University of Warsaw

This call for papers is directed to established researchers connected with research and development fields, ethics, bioethics, philosophy and Horizon Europe programme. We also invite students and junior researchers that just start their work within selected fields and wish to present their findings and ideas. The Organizing Committee has selected a few topics that might be viewed by participants as interesting or stimulating to drafting their own presentation.

Topic areas of conference:

  • “Ethics-by-design” approach to development of new technologies and policies;
  • Responsible Research and Innovations /  Mission driven approach;
  • Qualitative methods in technological research;
  • Ethical aspects of application of AI in medical technologies;
  • Sociology of medical research;
  • ESG (Envinronmental, Social, Governance): ethical and sustainability transformation.

Language of conference: English
Abstracts: We invite abstracts in English, up to 500 words       
Submission deadline: Abstracts should be received by 1.06.2022 and acceptance notifications will be sent out by 10.06.2022

Selected papers will have a 20 minute presentation followed by a 10 minute question time. The conference will be an online event. All lectures and panel discussions will be held on the TEAMS platform. Please do inform beforehand whenever you’d wish to use additional methods of presentation  (images, videos). 


Conference organizers


The Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Warsaw is one of the leading centers for philosophical studies in the region. In addition to classical philosophical teaching, the Faculty offers courses of study in Cognitive Science, Bioethics, as well as a philosophy program conducted in English. It also offers doctoral and postgraduate studies

In the course of philosophical studies students acquire thorough knowledge of the history of philosophy as well as of the current state of research in various philosophical disciplines. Moreover, they also have the opportunity to learn about the general issues of the humanities and the basic philosophical issues in science.

Cognitive Science is a free-of-charge full-time study programme – three-year bachelor’s studies in Polish and two-year master’s studies in Polish. The studies are interdisciplinary, combining such fields as psychology, computer science, philosophy and neurobiology. First-cycle studies are conducted by the Faculty of Philosophy in cooperation with the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Warsaw.The curriculum includes a wide range of specialization courses as well as the possibility of participating in internships and research projects. In addition to broad theoretical knowledge, students gain practical skills in programming and data analysis. Special importance is attached to the practical applications of the acquired knowledge (psychological, IT, methodological, linguistic).

Bioethics students acquire broad, interdisciplinary knowledge in the field of ethics and philosophy, law, sociology, anthropology, and political science. We provide innovative interactive teaching methods and internships. Classes are taught in Polish or English. Most of the classes are seminars, tutorials and internships which prepare future graduates for using the acquired knowledge and skills in practice.

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The Łukasiewicz Research Network –  Institute of Organisation and Management in Industry „ORGMASZ” work with public institutions, private companies, as well as non-governmental organizations and provide them with expert knowledge about the effects of introducing new technologies. By doing so we wish to support citizens, public administration, and businesses in their decision making. We strive to limit risks and increase the benefits of technology development to society and the economy. Our aim is technological social responsibility.

We invite public institutions, private companies, and non-governmental organizations to develop together from scratch a new and unique research institution that combines research challenges with informal organization culture and a public mission as found in the best government institutions. Working with us gives you a chance to meet experts on new technologies and accomplish your research projects. We guarantee a friendly work environment, a chance to expand your network, inspiring coworkers, and a workspace in our office in Warsaw city center.

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