4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology


+31 (0) 40 247 5156

Post address

Philosophy & Ethics
Department of Industrial Engineering &
Innovation Sciences
P.O. Box 512
5600 MB Eindhoven
The Netherlands

Key People

scientific director:
Prof.dr.ir. A.W.M. (Anthonie) Meijers

managing director:
Dr. V.A.J. (Tijn) Borghuis

Dr. Karen Buchanan


4TU.Ethics envisions a world in which technology is developed and used for benefit of humanity and the preservation of our planet. It is a world in which ethical considerations concerning human rights, well-being, global and inter-generational justice, the social good etc. are systematically included in practices of technology and engineering.

Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies conference abstracts

The table of contents lists abstract in alphabetical order, sorted on the surname of the first author. Clicking on an the abstract title will take you to the text of that abstract further down this page (you may have to scroll up a little to get to the start of the abstract). Keynotes Catriona McKinnon…


The 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (4TU.Ethics) is one of the six Centres of Excellence of the 4TU.Federation. It is a collaboration of the philosophy sections of the four Dutch Universities of Technology.


4TU.Ethics is a community of researchers that aims to stimulate and perform research in the field of ethics and technology, both fundamental and applied. We aim to address societal challenges in the context of a globalised and inter-connected world. Our goal is to advance understanding of ethical issues in engineering and technology development. 4TU.Ethics also…

Academic Partners

4TU.Ethics has an extensive international network with some of the most prominent research institutes in the world. From an international perspective, the research institutes closest in both mission and visibility to 4TU.Ethics are probably: Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Australian National University (CAPPE) (Australia) Engineering Ethics groups, University of Virginia (USA) KTH Royal…

Collaborating with 4TU.Ethics

Organizations in business and industry, Dutch ministries and government organizations, professional engineering organizations and non-governmental organizations, they may all face difficult ethical questions in relation to technology and innovation. The 4TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology aims at strong interaction with such organizations, as well as with academic (technical) centers and institutes. Forms that collaboration can…

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