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Posted on February 16, 2017

Joint workshop 4TU.High-Tech Materials and 4TU.Ethics & Technology

How can we provide the world with energy-efficient materials?’ ‘How can materials supply keep up with materials demand in a careful and ethical way?’ ‘Can we predict the reliability of a material?’ ‘How can we find a balance between maintenance of materials and risk?’ 

4TU.High-Tech Materials & 4TU.Ethics & Technology


These questions relate to important topics in materials science that have ethical implications. Nevertheless, the emphasis on these topics in materials research is limited. The research centers 4TU.High-Tech Materials and 4TU.Ethics & Technology want to raise the awareness among researchers and engineers and are therefore organizing a joint workshop with the following goals:

  • to make researchers aware of ethical issues in relations to materials;
  • to discuss specific challenges in ethics and materials sciences, and
  • to explore and initiate contacts for joint research proposals.

This workshop will be held on Tuesday 28 March 2017, 10:00 – 17:00 hrs, in Utrecht. The program consists of introductory lectures and ample opportunity to discuss with materials scientists and ethicists on the following topics:

  • Scarcity and Sustainability;
  • Risk and Safety;
  • Dual Use;
  • Professional Ethics in Research and Education.

    The full program can be found here

We hope you will share our interest in responsible materials research and innovation!

Registration and contact

The workshop is open to members of both research centers. Please register at the 4TU.HTM website.

For more information, contact 4TU.HTM (Reina Boerrigter), or 4TU.Ethics (Myrthe van Nus).

Please note that registration closes on March 17th

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