The SIENNA project
The SIENNA project will address ethical issues in three new and emerging technology areas: human genomics, human enhancement and human-machine interaction. These areas all come with major socio-economic impact. They also raise issues related to human rights.
Our ethical analysis is based on research and informed by stakeholders. We will identify and assess ethical issues and risks and produce three ethical frameworks: one for each technology area. Based on these frameworks, we will develop research ethics protocols and professional ethical codes.
The outcome of the SIENNA project will be recommendations for regulations and professional codes of conduct. Our recommendations will be informed by both experts and citizens via:
- Expert interviews
- Workshops with experts and civil society organisations
- 11 surveys with 1,000 citizens each in different countries
- Citizen panels in five countries
The SIENNA project - Stakeholder-informed ethics for new technologies with high socio-economic and human rights impact - has received funding under the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 741716.
The SIENNA project is co-ordinated by the University of Twente (Netherlands).Trilateral Research (United Kingdom) is deputy co-ordinator. The project has 11 partners and 2 associate partners from Europe, Asia, Africa and America.
Human Genetics & Genomics
Technologies to sequence or edit DNA can become powerful tools to diagnose and treat diseases, yet they also raise important ethical, legal and social issues.
Technology can enhance our physical, cognitive, emotional and moral abilities. Challenging the boundaries between health and illness, treatment and enhancement, normality and abnormality.
Artificial Intelligence & Robotics
We interact with robots, smart devices, intelligent software, prosthetics and implants. We can benefit enormously from interacting with machines. But there are significant ethical challenges.