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3TU: Centre for Ethics and Technology

The 3TU.Centre for Ethics and Technology (3TU.Ethics) was founded in 2007 by the board of the federation of the three technical universities in the Netherlands (Delft, Eindhoven, and Twente) to study ethical issues in the development, use and regulation of techno­logy.  Currently (in mid-2014) the Centre has over sixty senior and junior researchers as members, which makes 3TU.Ethics worldwide the major research centre addressing societally relevant and philosophically challenging issues at the interface between ethics and technology.

3TU.Ethics brings together the expertise of the three philosophy departments in the field of ethics of science, technology and engineering. The mission of 3TU.Ethics is: 1) to stimulate and undertake interdisciplinary and applied research in the field of ethics and technology and fundamental research in ethics relevant for the field of ethics and technology; 2) to stimulate and undertake activities in the field of teaching in ethics and technology; and 3) to act as an intermediary between the philosophy departments involved in 3TU.Ethics and the various stakeholders involved in ethical issues concerning technology: engineering practitioners, policy makers, and the general public.


Center for Engineering Ethics & Society

The Center for Engineering Ethics and Society (CEES) focuses the talents of the nation on addressing the ethical and social dimensions of engineering, as both a profession and an agent of innovation.

CEES activities address ethically significant issues that arise in engineering and scientific research, education, and practice. These issues arise for individual engineers and scientists as well as for social organizations and institutions. CEES projects engage a wide audience to help improve ethics education and enhance social responsibility in engineering and science.


Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies 

The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET) is a nonprofit think tank which promotes ideas about how technological progress can increase freedom, happiness, and human flourishing in democratic societies. The Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies was formed to study and debate vital questions such as: Which technologies, especially new ones, are likely to have the greatest impact on human beings and human societies in the 21st century? What ethical issues do those technologies and their applications raise for humans, our civilization, and our world? How much can we extrapolate from the past and how much accelerating change should we anticipate? What sort of policy positions can be recommended to promote the best possible outcomes for individuals and societies?


Wageningen’s Communication, Philosophy, and Technology: Centre for Integrative Development

CPT is a centre for integrative studies which aims to develop a better understanding of the relations between the life sciences and societal change. Our starting point is that technical issues in agriculture, food, health and ecology are closely connected with social issues, such as human relations, democracy, equity and ethics.