Preparing for Social
Teaching ethics, peace
and sustainability to students in science and engineering.
International Workshop at Delft
University of Technology, 13th to 15th October 2010
The knowledge and technology produced by natural scientists and
engineers can enhance human wellbeing, but it can also be abused.
There are also unwanted effects such as unforeseen risks, pollution
and depletion of natural resources, as well as social conflicts.
Students of science and engineering are often unaware of resulting
dilemmas which they will have to face in their future careers. It is
a task of science and engineering education to empower its students
to deal with these dilemmas and to contribute to the improvement of
the social, legal and institutional context in which they do their
work so as to ensure a positive impact of science and technology
upon society. In short, science and engineering education should
empower its students for social responsibility.
This workshop is devoted to relevant educational components and
approaches at the university level. The subjects of the workshop
• educational methods and contents
• strategies and policies for successful development and
implementation of teaching modules.
The workshop provides a platform for:
• exchanging experiences and insights
• networking and establishment of cooperation, like joint
development of teaching approaches and exchange of teaching
The workshop is a follow up of two similar workshops that were held
Copenhagen (2005) and
The organizers have initiated peace, ethics and sustainability
teaching for science and engineering students at their universities.
They cooperate within networks such as the International Network of
Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility and within the
We invite colleagues and experts with practical experience and ideas
to come to Delft for this three day workshop to share experiences
and to exchange insight and inspiration for future work. If you
would like to participate and/or present a contribution, please
inspect the participation section of this website for relevant