IDEA League Doctoral School 2021


The IDEA League Doctoral School on ‘Ethics of Science and Technology’ will take place from April to June of 2021. Originally planned for 2020, the event will now be held as a mix of online and hybrid modules.

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Doctoral School ‘Ethics of Science and Technology’

Scientific knowledge and technology does not only shape the way we live and act in the world, but also depends on specific visions about what the world should look like and how humans should relate to one another. This Doctoral School, with sessions coordinated by IDEA League universities in Delft, Aachen and Milan, aims to raise participants’ critical awareness of ethical aspects of science and technology.


Responsibility, Values and Governance

The school is organized around 3 main themes: responsibility, values and governance . Each theme is the focus of one of the 3 weeks of which the school is composed. These themes are articulated under different disciplinary and methodological perspectives

PhD students of the IDEA League partner universities (RWTH Aachen, TU Delft, ETH Zürich, Politecnico Milano, Chalmers University of Technology) need to develop critical awareness about the values that are embedded in science and technology throughout the lifecycle from design to development, management, control, production, adoption and use. This doctoral school aims to address this need thereby filling a gap in their education.

  • Module 1: 22/04/2021 through 25/04/2021, Topic: Responsibility
  • Module 2: 26/05/2021 through 29/05/2021, Topic: Values
  • Module 3: 23/06/2021 through 26/06/2021, Topic: Governance

The first module on "Responsibility" is coordinated by the RWTH Aachen and TU Delft.

Further information on the event can be found on the IDEA League website.