Seminar on Dual Use and Research Policy

March 22, 2018 1:00 pm → March 22, 2018 4:00 pm

We warmly invite EU policy makers and other interested parties to join us in opening a debate on how to address ‘dual use’ issues arising from Research and Innovation (R&I) in European regulations and policies. 

The Human Brain Project (HBP) is expected to make fundamental progress in research and innovation (R&I) by advancing fields of neuroscience, brain related medicine and brain inspired computing. However, as with many other R&I projects, the outcome of HBP may also be used in undesirable ways for political, security, intelligence or military purposes, hereby imposing public safety risks and challenge research ethics. This is what is also known as ‘dual use’.

As an ambitious R&I project HBP has dedicated focal activities to construct the issues of dual use. The activities have involved online and face-to-face citizens consultations across Europe as well as dialogue meetings with ‘dual use’ experts and stakeholders. The outcome of these activities is summarized in a set of recommendations challenging the current EU regulations and policies.

At the seminar we will open the discussion on how to develop research policies that support open research while balancing potential safety risks of ‘dual use’. The seminar will combine presentations and roundtable debates and comment on the outcome of previous dialogues and consultations.

Preliminary Program (12.00-16.00):

12.00 – 13.00 Buffet lunch and registration

13.00 – 13.10 Welcome and introduction
                       Lars Klüver, Director of the Danish Board of Technology Foundation (WP leader, HBP Ethics and Society group)

13.10 – 13.20 Presentation: Human Brain Project’s opinion on ‘Responsible dual use’
                       Professor Nikolas Rose, King’s  College London (WP leader, HBP Ethics and Society  group)   

13.20 – 13.30 Presentation: EU citizens’ views on dual use of neuroscience and neurotechnology
                       Lars Klüver, Director of the Danish Board of Technology Foundation (WP leader, HBP Ethics and Society group)

13.30 – 14.30 SESSION 1: Dual use and European research policies 
Chair: Sita Ramchandra Kotnis, anthropologist. Danish Board of Technology Foundation

13.30-14.20  Plenary discussion: How should we address ‘dual use’ issues arising from Research and Innovation in  European
regulations and policies?
                      
14.20-14.30  Future actions 
                       Inga Ulnicane-Ozolina, De Montfort University

14.30 – 14.50 COFFEE BREAK

14.50 – 15.50 SESSION 2: Dual use of neurotechnologies in international treaties

14.50 -15.00   Presentation: Dual-use in relation to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the recent proposals on
education and awareness-raising from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)
                         Malcolm Dando, Emeritus Professor at Peace Studies and International Development, University of Bradford

15.00-15.40    Plenary discussion: Should existing international treaties be refined to match ‘the battlefield of the future’?
                         Chair: Filippa Lentzos, Senior Research Fellow at Department of Global Health & Social Medicine and the Department of War Studies , King’s College London

15.40-15.55    Future actions (15 min)
                       Inga Ulnicane-Ozolina, De Montfort University

15.45 – 15.55  Wrap up: Future work on dual use in the Human Brain Project
                       Lars Klüver, Director of the Danish Board of Technology Foundation (WP leader, HBP Ethics and Society group)

15.55 – 16.00 Closing remarks and goodbye

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Where: Brussels (Hotel Leopold, Rue du Luxembourg 35, 1050 Brussels)

Organisers: The seminar is organised by Human Brain Project, Subproject 12 (Ethics & Society); led by Lars Klüver, Danish Board of Technology Foundation

Contact: hh@tekno.dk

 

The Human Brain Project is a Horizon 2020 FET flagship project within the fields of cognitive neuroscience, medical brain research and brain inspired computing.

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