The TFRRI aims to achieve the following objectives:
- (i) create adequate teaching materials in Ethics and Engineering, (ii) devise suitable teaching methods, and (iii) build the relevant capabilities that allow students and staff to become acquainted with the idea of Ethics of Engineering and RRI; The TFRRI aims at establishing a reference curriculum that will allow all CESAER Members to redesign their curricula and equip future generations of engineers with relevant knowledge and skills so as to be able to become responsible engineers and applied scientist, motivated and capable to apply their skills and expertise to solve the complex problems of our times. The reference curriculum materials will be combined in a RRI textbook that gives a state-of-the art overview of the field and acquaints both teachers and students with the material. It is envisaged that on-demand workshops around this textbook can be organised at (some of) the participating CESAER Members, so as to further embed the subject in the CESAER community. Contributions to the textbook will be actively sought from the members of the TFRRI so that this will be a joint product of the taskforce members that can shape the teaching on the ethics of engineering for the years to come.
- actively pursue grants and research projects under Horizon 2020 in the field of RRI and seek to share relevant experiences and best practices through a number of channels, such as on-line repositories, joint publications and academic meetings
- integrate institutional policies concerning RRI in the relevant aspects of its engineering education: e.g. human resources, open access, FAIR and secure data, open education, entrepreneurship, teaching, research and public engagement and communication
- endorse the idea that ethics and societal concerns can function as triggers and catalysts of innovation rather than as impediments to innovation and subscribe to the idea that innovation is as much a ethical notion as it is a technical one. Innovation in this sense aims at introducing new functionality on the basis of scientific knowledge which expands the set of ethical obligations we can satisfy (i.e., obligations to our fellow human beings, to future generations, to the vulnerable, the unemployed and the worst off in society, to the environment and ecosystem)
- make available to policy makers and the general public methods, processes, procedures, institutional mechanisms, regulations and designs which are conducive to the optimisation of the conditions under which all those involved in RDI can be held responsible for their contributions
For more information, please contact the TFRRI Chair Jeroen van den Hoven (TU Delft).