For the professionals

Science to Design for Society
workshop on
Ethical, Legal and Societal Readiness Levels

Dates: On 15-16 September 2018
Venue: DesignLab, University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands

The University of Twente and Novel-T are inviting ECIU Innovation partners for a workshop on Ethical, Legal and Societal (ELS) Readiness Levels.


With a growing need to meet the Sustainable Developments Goals, cities are confronted with increasingly difficult questions to define appropriate action to work on these global challenges and at the same time respond to specific local drivers and needs of their citizens, (semi)public authorities, industries and typical community-led initiatives. The workshop will both address how to do justice to the new role of cities, specifically framed in the context of smart regional developments, as well as to identify how universities could play a role in identifying and meeting knowledge gaps.


Using the concept of ELS, the target of the S2D4S workshop will be to develop a practical framework to better judge the impact of smart developments. The workshop aims to create a common understanding of this concept as a topic for collaboration, and to prepare the outlines of a joint white paper on its application by the ECIU members. The workshop targets ECIU member representatives and their city/regional administration and business colleagues. Also, representatives from the Enschede sister cities are being invited to take part.


The workshop will be led by Dr Michael Nagenborg who is an Assistant Professor at the Philosophy of Science Department of the University of Twente, Dr Ben Kokkeler who is Professor Smart Public Safety at the Avans University of Applied Sciences in ’s-Hertogenbosch and Dr Maya van den Berg: Faculty of Behavioural, Management and Social sciences. Marike Boertien will facilitate and moderate S2D4S.


– Pre programme –
Friday 14 Sept
15.00    Challenge presentation per participating city at the Creathon for Smarter Regional Development
16.00    Interaction with the Creathon (30 min) activities of participating teams and Joint buffet at The Gallery


Programme of the workshop
The programme may be subject to changes

Saturday 15 September 2018 DesignLab of the University of Twente
09.30    Doors open
10.00    STEP I – EXPLORE
12.00    Lunch break & Speed Dates with Creathon participants (30 min)
13.00    STEP II – IDEATE
17.00    Closing Day 1 of the workshop
Interaction and speed dates with Creathon participants (30 min)
19.00    Closed diner in the city centre

Sunday 16 September 2018
09.30    Doors open
12.00   Lunch & interaction and speed dates with Creathon participants (30 min)
13.00    STEP IV – define next steps and presentations of the results
15.00    Closing of the workshop


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Contact info:
20Creathon organizational team
Novel-T/DesignLab/University of Twente

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