TechEthos — Future, Technology, Ethics

TechEthos is an EU-funded project on the ethics of new and emerging technologies with high socio-economic impact. The project aims to facilitate “ethics by design”, in other words, to bring ethical and societal values into the design and development of technology from the very beginning of the process.

TechEthos will produce ethics guidelines for three to four technologies – carefully selected by our team for their potential socioeconomic impact on our societies and ethical implications – that work for different actors in the field, such as researchers, research ethics committees and policy makers. To reconcile the needs of research and innovation and the concerns of society, the project will explore the awareness, acceptance and aspirations of academia, industry and the general public alike and reflect them in the guidelines.

In recent months, TechEthos issued several publications, including an Analysis of international and EU law and policy and an Analysis of ethical issues sent to the European Commission for review.


TechEthos is led by AIT Austrian Insitute of Technology and will be carried out by a team of ten scientific institutions and six science engagement organisations from 13 European countries over a three-year period. ALLEA is a partner in the consortium of this project and contributes to enhancing existing legal and ethical frameworks for new technologies. Through its Permanent Working Group on Science and Ethics (PWGSE), ALLEA ensures that TechEthos outputs are in line with and complement the latest edition of the European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity.

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ALLEA Contact Person

Dr Mathijs Vleugel

Scientific Policy Officer

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