Service to society and public outreach

The members of the Ethics/Philosophy Section are involved as advisors and/or members in several policy committees at national, EU, and UN levels, such as:

  • COGEM (‘commissie genetische modificatie’, subcommittee ethical and social aspects), a committee that advises the Dutch government about genetic modification (Sabine Roeser, 2009-2017)
  • The FutureSocietyNL , a newly established think tank, bringing together Dutch leaders in technology development and critical reflection on these developments (Sabine Roeser, 2018-present)
  • The working group ‘ethics and digitization’ of ECP, ‘Platform voor de informatiesamenleving’, a Dutch platform bringing together private and public stakeholders concerning the ‘information society’ (Sabine Roeser, 2018-present)
  • The advisory board of the COVRA/OPERA (Dutch research institute for nuclear waste disposal) (Sabine Roeser, 2011-2018)
  • The advisory group on new risks for the Dutch ministry of infrastructure and environment (IenM) (Sabine Roeser, 2011-2012)
  • The IST Advisory Group to EU Commissioner Reding for ICT and New Media (Jeroen van den Hoven)
  • Advisor to the Dutch Government in various roles (Jeroen van den Hoven)
  • The Research network of the Home Office on E-Government (Jeroen van den Hoven)
  • The European Group on Ethics (EGE) to the European Commission (Jeroen van den Hoven, permanent member)
  • The Dutch Research Council on Responsible Innovation (Jeroen van den Hoven)
  • The Institute for Accountability in a Digital Age (Aimee van Wynsberghe)
  • The European Commission's High-Level Expert Group on AI (Aimee van Wynsberghe)
  • The Netherlands AI Alliance (Aimee van Wynsberghe)
  • The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Behnam Taebi, 2016-2021)

Our members are also active in the media, attempting to raise public awareness about the ethical and philosophical implications of technology. Some of their public appearances and conferences are available online. You can see a selection of these videos down below.

Aimee van Wynsberghe - The Ethics of Ethical Robot


Behnam Taebi - Justice And Climate Change


Sabine Roeser - Emotions should play an important role in debates on risky technology - TEDxDelft


Jeroen van den Hoven - Responsible Innnovation and the Built Environment