SIENNA addresses ethical challenges posed by new technologies, offering frameworks for research, professional codes, and legal improvements to balance benefits and societal concerns.

  • Period: 2017-10-01 – 2021-03-31
  • Budget: 45,898,708 SEK
  • Funder: EU – Horizon Europe – ERC
  • Type of funding: Projektbidrag

Ethics, human rights and responsible innovation

Technologies, new and old, have both ethical and human rights impact. Today, we are closer to scenarios we only pictured in science fiction a few decades ago. Technology develops fast and it is difficult to predict what is on the horizon. The legislation, regulation and ethical guidance we have today was developed for a different future. Policy makers struggle to assess the ethical, legal and human rights impact of new and emerging technologies.

The SIENNA project (short for Stakeholder-informed ethics for new technologies with high socio-economic and human rights impact) will deliver proposals for professional ethics codes, guidelines for research ethics committees and better regulation in three areas: human genetics and genomics, human enhancement, and artificial intelligence & robotics.

Uppsala University’s Centre for Research Ethics & Bioethics contributes expertise on the ethical, legal and social issues of genetics and genomics, and experience of communicating European research.

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  • University of Twente, Netherlands
  • Trilateral Research, United Kingdom
  • Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland
  • European Network of Research Ethics Committees, Germany
  • University of Granada, Spain
  • Ionian University, Greece
  • Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Dalian University of Technology, China
  • University of Maastricht, Netherlands
  • The University of Cape Town, South Africa

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