Shannon Spruit is a PhD Candidate doing research on the ethical aspects of Nanotechnology. As part of the larger project ‘New Technologies as Social Experiments: Conditions for Morally Responsible Experimentation’ she examines in what way new technologies can responsible be introduced to society. In interaction with researchers, industry and policy-makers involved in nanoscience or -technology she wants to set (moral) conditions for such introductions. Currently she is focusing on the use of nanoparticles in the workplace and what (ethical) considerations guidelines and policy-making. Another topic she is interested in is the use of nanotechnology for healthy ageing and increasing vitality. In what way do cultural conception of ageing influence technological development and moral concepts and framework? Furthermore, what does that mean for the acceptability of such new technologies?
Shannon studied biomedical sciences, medical anthropology and sociology and has a firm background in philosophy and ethics as well. Because of this background she can combine technical knowledge with insights on the social and ethical aspects of science and technology. Previously Shannon worked at the Centre for Society and the Life Sciences and The Pilot Plant on collaboration in the Nutrional Sciences. She examined the chances and obstacles for integration of genomics research in nutritional sciences. She is still linked to The Pilot Plant as an adviser.
Scientific publications (selection)
- Doorn, N., S.L.S. Spruit and Z. Robaey. 2016. "Editors’ Overview: Experiments, Ethics, and New Technologies". Science and Engineering Ethics 16(3) (DOI: 10.1007/s11948-015-9748-8). available online
Professional/Popular publications (selection)
- Van de Poel, Ibo, and Shannon Spruit. 2013. Experimenteren Met Nanodeeltjes in De Maatschappij. Tijdschrift Milieu, 2: 32-35.