SIENNA project structure
Our research is divided into six work streams known as "work packages", led by different partners. Research activities are supported by a management team at the University of Twente and a communications team at Uppsala University.
- Foundations: Theory and methodology
- Human Genomics
- Human Enhancement
- AI and Robotics
- SIENNA proposals
- Adapting SIENNA results
SIENNA work package leaders
Philip Brey, University of Twente (coordinator)
Philip Brey is full professor of philosophy and ethics of technology within the department of philosophy at the University of Twente, and its former chair. He is also scientific director of 4TU.Ethics, a research centre that comprises 60 researchers from four universities. He has published extensively in the areas of ethics of science and technology, social and political philosophy, and responsible research and innovation. Philip Brey currently leads the FP7 SATORI project that aims to develop a European framework for the ethical assessment of research and technological innovation. Philip Brey has an extensive publications record on human-machine interaction technologies and has also published on human enhancement and genetics. He leads the management work stream and SIENNA's work on AI & Robotics.
Rowena Rodrigues, Trilateral Research (deputy coordinator)
Rowena Rodrigues, Senior Research Analyst, joined Trilateral Research in 2011. Her areas of expertise and research interests include: privacy and data protection (law, policy and practice), privacy certification, security and surveillance, comparative legal analysis, regulation of new technologies, ethics and governance of new and emerging technologies, and responsible research & innovation. She has published book chapters in Policy Press, Routledge, Springer and articles in journals such as the Computer Law & Security Review, European Journal of Social Science Research, International Data Privacy Law, International Review of Law, Computers and Technology and the Journal of Contemporary European Research. At Trilateral, she has contributed in various capacities to EU research projects (e.g., SATORI, PULSE, IRISS) and provides consultancy to the private sector. Rowena Rodrigues has a PhD in law from the University of Edinburgh. She leads SIENNA's work on methodological and theoretical foundations.
Heidi C. Howard, Uppsala University
Heidi C. Howard leads the ethical and legal analysis of SIENNA's genomics work stream. She is currently a senior researcher at the Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) at Uppsala University. She received her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in Biology from McGill University (Montréal, Canada). She continued her genetics training in psychiatric genetics at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona (Spain) and at the Douglas Hospital in Montréal (Canada). Heidi C. Howard is a recognized expert in the research field of ELSI of genetics/genomics, especially regarding the responsible translation of new technologies in genetics and genomics from the lab to the clinic.
Saskia Nagel, University of Twente
Saskia Nagel leads SIENNA's human enhancement work stream. She is an Associate Professor in philosophy and ethics of technology at UT. Her areas of expertise and research interests lie at the intersection of ethics, philosophy, the life sciences (in particular neuroscience and cognitive science), and technologies. She has led a research group studying the ethical, anthropological, and social implications of our growing knowledge about the brain’s plasticity. She co-authored the first position paper on pediatric enhancement, which was supported by several major US American physician associations.
Dirk Lanzerath, EUREC
Dirk Lanzerath is Secretary General of EUREC and Head of EUREC Office; Managing Director of the German Reference Centre (DRZE) of the University of Bonn; graduated in Biology and Philosophy; lecturer at the University of Bonn (Philosophy, Ethics, Bioethics), guest lecturer at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA (Ethics). As Faculty member of The Bioethics Program (Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics: Central and Eastern Europe) of The Graduate College of Union University Schenectady, Schenectady, NY, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY (USA) he is very experienced in teaching research ethics in Central and Eastern European Countries. Research areas: ethics, bioethics, philosophy of science, philosophy of biology. Dirk Lanzerath is experienced in European networking processes and in coordinating large EC-Projects. He is coordinator of the ENERI project. Dirk Lanzerath leads the work stream developing proposals from the project.
Zuzanna Warso, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
Zuzanna Warso is responsible for the legal and human rights research, and she is coordinating the work on generalizing the project’s results. Since 2011 she has been working as a lawyer at Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. In her work she explores intersections of human rights and technology, with a particular focus on the issue of women’s rights. Zuzanna Warso passed the bar exam in April 2017. She is a member of the Women’s Rights Group by the Polish Bar Council. In 2017, she was been awarded the Marshall Memorial Fellowship by the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
Josepine Fernow, Uppsala University
Josepine Fernow leads SIENNA's communications and dissemination work stream. She has more than 15 years experience from research communication. She works at Uppsala University's Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics (CRB) where she co-ordinates activities and manages external and internal communications. Josepine Fernow is one of the editors of the Biobank Perspectives newsletter on current issues in biobank ethics and law. She is also communications manager and public lead for the management work package in the IMI-funded public-private partnership PREFER.