Sabine Roeser new managing director of 3TU.Ethics

Both Van de Poel and Roeser have recently received a fellowship from the prestigious Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (NIAS). They will spend a research sabbatical there during the period September 2009 through June 2010. After spending a substantial amount of time on teaching and managing duties, Van de Poel looks forward to spending a year contemplating and writing, and focusing on his research again afterwards. Roeser will also mainly focus on her research at the NIAS, but decided that it would be worthwhile to combine this with the position as managing director of 3TU.Ethics.

In the past couple of years Roeser, tenured assistant professor at the philosophy department of TU Delft, has been working on a VENI-project that has been funded by NWO, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Title of her VENI project is Emotions as a Normative Guide in Judging the Moral Acceptability of Risk. Sabine Roeser obtained her PhD in 2002 at the VU University, Amsterdam, for her thesis Ethical Intuitions and Emotions: A Philosophical Study.

Roeser will share the responsibility for 3TU.Ethics with Prof. Dr. Jeroen van den Hoven (TU Delft as well), who will stay on as scientific director for another 3 years. They are both part of the Management Team, in which the three participating philosophy departments are represented on an equal basis. The other members of the management team are Prof. Dr. Philip Brey (Twente University), Prof. Dr. Ir. Anthonie Meijers (TU Eindhoven), Dr. Martin Peterson (TU Eindhoven), and Dr. Tsjalling Swierstra (Twente University).

Coordinator Ilse Oosterlaken will also step down. In the next couple of years she will focus on her PhD research project ‘Technology and Human Development – A Capability Approach’, for which she got a NWO grant last April. She will be replaced by Claudia Basta, who will also become the coordinator of a new international PhD program in ethics and technology that will be launched in September 2010.