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SIENNA final conference: 10-12 March

March 10, 2021 - March 12, 2021

Ethics, Human Rights & Emerging Technologies

Ethics, Human Rights & Emerging Technologies SIENNA conference   

The final conference of the SIENNA project, with keynotes, panels, and presentations of and discussions on project results, will take place on March 10 – 12, over Zoom.  All are invited to register for free.  There will be four afternoon and morning sessions:  Intro + human genetics and genomics (March 10th); human enhancement (March 11th), Artificial Intelligence and robotics (March 12th) and Governance of emerging technologies: incorporating ethics and human rights (March 12th.) You can choose which session(s) to attend.

Please see the preliminary programme and registration link here:  https://www.sienna-project.eu/final-conference/. Please share this in your networks!


The SIENNA project (Stakeholder informed ethics for new technologies with high socio-economic and human rights impact), which began in October 2017 and will end by April, 2021, is funded under the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation on programme under grant agreement No 741716 (grant amount: € 4,000,000).  Website:  http://www.sienna-project.eu.

Further information:

The SIENNA project is coming to an end. We invite you to an online event on 10-12 March where we will present and discuss our results and proposals for the ethical management of human genomics, human enhancement, artificial intelligence and robotics. And how the SIENNA approaches can be generalised to other new and emerging technologies.

The conference will have four parts that can be attended separately:

  • Artificial Intelligence and Robotics: Ethical, legal and human rights challenges
  • Human Genomics: Ethical, legal and human rights challenges
  • Human Enhancement: Ethical, legal and human rights challenges
  • Assessment and Guidance of new emerging technologies

At the conference, results will be presented of our ethical, legal and human rights surveys, studies and analyses, we will propose new ethical guidance tools and regulatory proposals, and we will discuss current issues with invited speakers and the audience.

Find out more on the conference website.

10 March: the SIENNA project

13:00-14:00 Introduction to the SIENNA  project

In this session we present the overall aims and structure of the SIENNA project and offer a brief overview of the key findings in our work on human geomics. human enhancement. artificial intelligence & robotics.

10 March: Focus on Human Genomics

14:00-17:00 Human Genetics and Genomics: Ethical, legal and human rights challenges

In this session, we will discuss the new ethical challenges brought by new human genomics technologies, particularly new technologies for genome sequencing and editing, and their various uses in diagnosis and therapy.  We will discuss regulatory challenges for human genomics, and possible solutions for them, and we will propose new instruments for ethical guidance and governance of genomic technologies, including a new SIENNA-initiated code of conduct for international data sharing in genomics.

11 March: Focus on Human Enhancement

09:30-12:30 Human Enhancement: Ethical, legal and human rights challenges

In this session, we will discuss the ethical challenges emerging human enhancement technologies, and assess the current state of the field and the steps that should be taken to meet ethical challenges in the future.  We will present and discuss the new SIENNA-initiated ethics guidelines for human enhancement, the first extended set of guidelines for human enhancement research, development and use that have been proposed, and we will discuss needed new policy initiatives that are needed for responsible innovation of human enhancement technologies.

March 11: Focus on AI & Robotics

13:30-17:00 Artificial Intelligence and Robotics:  Ethical, legal and human rights challenges.

In this part of the conference, we will discuss how ethics is currently being used and integrated in AI practices and institutions, diagnose problems and challenges, and will propose ways to move forward.  We will discuss new research ethics frameworks for AI, new regulatory and policy proposals, Ethics by Design methodologies, the role of stakeholders and the general public in responsible innovation for AI, the role of critical and social studies of AI in ethics and policy, and education and training programmes for ethics of AI.

12 March: Assessment and Guidance of new emerging technologies

13:00-17:00 Governance of emerging technologies: incorporating ethics and human rights

In this final session, we will propose new approaches for ethical and human rights assessment, guidance and governance of emerging technologies.  What steps do different actors need to take to enable responsible innovation, and what tools and methods do they need?  We will present and discuss proposals for integrating ethical guidance with regulation and policy, including stakeholders in ethical analysis and governance, for combining ethical analysis with foresight and social impact assessment, for the development of general and domain- and actor-specific ethics guidelines, standards and certification, and for including Ethics by Design methods in technology development.


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