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    Stakeholder-Informed Ethics for New technologies with high socio-economic and human rights impact (SIENNA)


    SIENNA is a three-and-a-half-year project with 11 core partners and 2 associate partners, focussing on ethical and human rights challenges posed by human genomics, human enhancement and hu-man-machine interaction technologies such as robots and smart devices. While these technologies offer significant benefits to individuals and society, they also present significant ethical challenges, e.g. in relation to human autonomy, equality, personal liberty, privacy, and accountability. In collab-oration with a variety of stakeholders, SIENNA will identify and assess the ethical and socio-economic issues, public opinions, legal regulation and human rights implications of each technology.


  • Ethical impact assessments for all three technology areas
  • Public opinion surveys
  • Citizen panels
  • Expert and stakeholder consultation
  • Stakeholder workshops
  • Development of ethical codes for all three technological areas
  • recommendations for regulations and professional codes of conduct
  • SIENNA will boost the EUís leadership in developing ethical standards and support its vision of Re-sponsible Research and Innovation (RRI) to foster the design of inclusive research and innovation. The project will improve knowledge of the ethical, human rights and socio-economic impacts of the three technologies, while supporting ethical and responsible decision making by research ethics committees (REC), scientific researchers and policy makers in the three areas. SIENNA will also cre-ate added value by generalising its methods for use in other emerging technological domains.

    EUREC is a partner in the SIENNA project and leads the following work:
  • The consortiums proposal
  • The survey of REC approaches and codes for human enhancement
  • The survey of REC approaches and codes for HMI
  • Report documenting elements to open and complement operational guidelines for research ethics committees
  • Step-by-step-guidance from ethical analysis to ethical codes and operational guidelines
  • Duration: Oct 2017 - Mar 2021

    For further information visit the SIENNA website and Twitter @SiennaEthics

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    The SIENNA project Ė Stakeholder-informed ethics for new technologies with high socio-economic and human rights impact- has received funding under the European Unionís Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 741716.

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