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Professor Berge Solberg on selective reduction in Adresseavisen

Berge Solberg, Professor in Medical Ethics, is interviewed about the dilemmas of selective reduction of fetuses in multifetal pregnancies (in Norwegian). 


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Professor Bjørn Myskja on egg donation (video)

Should donation of eggs be allowed in Norway? How to decide? Professor Bjørn Myskja, Vice Head of The Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board, shares his thoughts in this video (In Norwegian).


Workshop: Response/Ability

Exercises in responsible research and innovation from art, science and humanities perspectives


Trondheim Art Society/Trondhjem Kunstforeningen

17-18 November 2016

This two-day workshop invites humanists, artists and scientists to reflect on ideas and practices of responsibility, and their role in research, innovation and art practices.

Academic research is usually judged by standards of epistemic excellence, that is, by its ability to raise and answer questions deemed relevant for discipline-specific research programmes. However research and innovation are now increasingly expected to consider their standing and responses to identified “grand societal challenges” such as climate change, sustainability, ageing societies or social inclusion. Often this kind of impetus gets translated into funding incentives coupled with impact measures and assessment processes, following a kind of top-down, policy-driven pathway.

In this workshop we will explore interrelations between art, the humanities and science and between scientific logos, ethos and pathos to open up the question of what it means to do responsible research and innovation across fields. Our questions include:

How can we understand “research”, “innovation” and “responsibility” from humanistic, scientific and artistic perspectives?
Is there such a thing as scientific/artistic/humanistic research responsibility? What can we learn from each other?
Is it productive to think of responsibility (or irresponsibility) as an ability? If so, could and should this be trained and how?
How can we or do we experience and/or measure response-abilities in action?
The two-day meeting includes lectures, seminars and situations which aim to tackle questions around researcher identities and response-abilities. Contributions from the arts, sciences and the humanities as well as multi-disciplinary projects will be most relevant here.

This event has been endorsed by the international Performance Philosophy network and funded by NTNU Humanities, NTNU Programme for Applied Ethics and NTNU Sustainability.

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Interview with RESET member Bjørn Myskja in Adresseavisen

RESET member Bjørn Kåre Myskja is interviewed in Adresseavisen September 6th. “Ønsker fleksible løsninger når folk har samvittighetskvaler på jobben“.



Workshop June 2016

Time: 13-14 June. Place: St. Olav MTS21 Medisinsk teknisk senter

The workshop investigates how scientific visions of the common good expressed in the Life Sciences may come in conflict with other concerns. We discuss short term and long-term research efforts to release the potentials of Big Data

This workshop is arranged by RESET (The Research Group on the Ethos of Technology). The workshop is a joint effort of three projects RESET is engaged in.


Science for the common good – visions of technological opportunities


September 2015: Knowledge Management and the Futures of our Society

September 8-9, Medical Faculty MTS11, NTNU


Visions of Systems Biology carry hopes of understanding biology better thereby enabling the improvement of a range of practices within our society. In particular, systems biology holds promises for enhancing the health sector and being an essential approach towards personalized medicine. Innovative interdisciplinary collaborative structures as well as experimental and computational infrastructures are needed if any of these visions are to come to fruition.

This satellite focuses on the building of knowledge management (KM) structures, broadly understood as computing systems built to collect, make sense of and reason about information of biological parts and their dynamic interactions.

We are interested in questions like the following:

Systems biology (SB) begs for new modalities for the publication of results: What are the drawbacks of the current way of publishing and how can we enable a productive scientific discourse in systems biology?
How can/should desired research issues and answers steer appropriate KM development? What are the scientific and epistemic challenges in building KM for SB?
Which choices were made that resulted in the current KM infrastructure and the research issues and answers that are favored by this infrastructure? What are the ramifications for biotechnology and health sectors that make use of these KM infrastructures?
How can interdisciplinary work contribute? How should it be conducted to address challenges related to SB enabling and shaping other sectors, such as the health sector?
We invite participants to identify and discuss key past and present choices made in designing knowledge management systems with respect to the need to ensure the effectiveness and appropriateness for research (like systems biological or medical research questions). The workshop brings together scholars from the humanities as well as the natural sciences.

–This meeting is a satellite to the Virtual Physiological Human Conference 2014.


HUNT Workshop September 2015

Time for a New Approach for Consent and Engagement in Large Population-based Health Studies

RESET – the Research Group on the Ethos of Technology at NTNU and the HUNT 4 Ethics advisory board welcomes you to our workshop on consent. This is a timely workshop as the Health Survey of Nord-Trøndelag is planning their fourth round of data collection: HUNT 4. We are pleased to be able to run this workshop at Levanger and Stiklestad, in the heart of the catchment area of HUNT. Joining us are national and international ELSI scholars, biobank custodians in large population-based health surveys and in clinical settings, researchers using data- and biobank resources and representatives from the Research Ethics Committee of Mid-Norway.

We are happy for having you all here and look forward to informative presentations and good discussions.


September 2015: Engagement and participatory day in the HUNT-study


Dato: Mandag 21. september 2015

Tid: kl. 17:00-19:00

Sted: HUNT-Forskningssenter (Levanger)

I 2017 vil Helseundersøkelsen i Nord-Trøndelag samle inn data og blodprøver (HUNT4). Flere mener at du som deltaker bør være bedre informert om og mer involvert i det som skjer med dine blodprøver og helseopplysninger. Men her strides de lærde…

Nå er tiden kommet for at DU kan spille inn hva du tenker om spørsmål som dette i forkant av HUNT4:

  •   Ditt forhold til HUNT  aktivt eller passivt?
  •   Samtykke kun ved oppmøte eller hele tiden?
  •   Forskningsinformasjon på e-post – mas eller must?
  •   Innsyn i egen forskningsdeltakelse viktig eller unødvendig?
  •   Tilbakemelding av forskningsresultater bra eller belastende?

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Workshop March 2015: Research Methods at the Interface of Empirical and Normative Research in Health and Ethics

The two HF/NTNU spearhead projects RESET: Personalized Medicine and Posthuman Perspectives on Welfare Technologies organize a workshop on research methodologies at the interface of empirical and normative research of health and ethics. The projects have a multi-sited approach combining several research methods: document analysis, qualitative interviews, focus group interviews, communication analysis, and normative ethical analysis. The aims of the workshop are: a general discussion on research methods at the interface of empirical and normative research, to develop the research methods of the two projects, and to develop our international cooperation.

Wednesday 25.3

0930 Welcome Merete Lie/Bjørn Myskja

0945 RESET, Presentation of project, researcher Giovanni di Grandis, NTNU

1030 VELTEK, Presentation of project, Post doc researcher Gunhild Tøndel, NTNU

1055 VELTEK, Presentation of project, PhD researcher Jenny M Bergschöld, NTNU

1120 Coffee

1130 Discussion

1200 Ruth Chadwick, Cardiff University: Complementarity of disciplinary approaches in health ethics: how far have we come?

1300 Lunch

1415 Nelly Oudshoorn, Twente University: The importance of non-users and place for understanding user-technology relations

1515 Coffee

1545 Discussion of health technology research

1630 End

1930 Dinner

Thursday 26.3

0900 Søsser Brodersen, Aalborg University Copenhagen: Doing research in the intersections of workspace and homespace

1000 Tsjalling Swierstra, Maastricht University: Articulating lay normativity: a practice based and phenomenological approach

1100 Coffee

1115 Discussion of bioethics research

1215 Summing up Merete Lie/Bjørn Myskja

1230 Lunch

Wednesday 25.3 at Scandic Nidelven Hotel

Thursday 26.3 at NTNU Dragvoll room 6440


Workshop June 2014: The normative dimensions of new technologies

In this workshop we will aim to articulate and discuss approaches and methodology that seeks to make normative research activity and research output productive in contexts of ongoing societal and technological decision-making. Central questions at this workshop will include: What are the adequate methods for answering the normative challenges posed by emerging technologies? How do we combine empirical methods and philosophical theories in answering particular research questions related to technology development? How do we work with technology partners and policy makers, in committees and advisory boards, in a way that is philosophically fruitful? What kind of contributions should we aim to provide?

The purpose of the workshop is twofold:
1. To create an opportunity for researchers in Norwegian Philosophy departments in collaborating in research by reading each other’s papers and commenting on them to help enhance research in their respective fields.
2. To polish papers for submission to a special issue (we will propose publication in a special issue of the Nordic Journal of Applied Ethics).
Date and venue of the workshop: June 4-5, 2014, at the 1902 Building at Øya, Trondheim, Norway. Abstract submission: May 1. to
This workshop is part of the Research Council of Norway funded ISP-FIDE project Applied Ethics: Technology and Governance of Health and Natural Resources and is arranged through collaboration between the Programme for Applied Ethics and research groups at NTNU including the Research group on the ethos of Technology (RESET), Research group for ethics, society and technology (FEST), and VERP (Verksted for praktisk filosofi).