Ethics of Research and Engineering

Head of this group are:

Tom Børsen
Associate Professor at Department of Planning, Copenhagen

Finn Arler
Professor at Department Planning
Head of the Research Centre for Applied Ethics

Research and Engineering Ethics

The group of research and engineering ethics addresses a number of issues related to research and engineering, including scientific misconduct, medical informed consent, development of safe and sustainable technology, ethical technological evaluation, social responsibility of researchers, etc.

This group has decided to work with researchers’ and engineers’ handling of ethical dilemmas within a range of domains. A main issue is how to make solid ethical evaluations. The work of the group focuses on how to develop qualified response to ethical dilemmas practioners, including those turning up in the daily work of university research such as experiments on animals or humans, consultancy, participation of the debate of the public forum, social responsibility, planning, technology development, dual use, risk and technology assessment, life cycle analysis etc.

A main issue is to identify and compare analytical models of handling ethical dilemmas. The ambition is to evaluate analytical models that are actually used in various kinds of practices, how they relate to the public regulation and codes of conduct, and how they can be included in education of researchers, engineers and other technical experts.
In spring 2014 the group will arrange a minor brainstorm seminar, where researchers related to the centre and a few selected partners will present their work with the ethical analysis models and methods, and evaluate the various models relevance and functionality in practice. This seminar shall work as a launch pad for an application for financing an empirical project of how ethical analysis models are implemented in practice.

November 2014 a larger seminar will be arranged. This is in continuation of the PHD course ”Ethics and Social Responsibility of Scientists and Engineers in the 21st Century”. Here a range of ethical analytical models will be presented, analysed and evaluated.