NERRI

Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation

Research on new substances and techniques that aim at improving learning abilities and intelligence have an ambivalent image. In NERRI, scientists, policy-makers, industry, civil society groups and the wider public will engage in mutual learning (MML) activities.

NERRI aims at contributing to the introduction of Responsible Research and Innovation in neuro-enhancement (NE) in the European Research Area and to the shaping of a normative framework underpinning the governance of NE technologies. This will be achieved through mobilisation and mutual learning (MML) activities engaging scientists, policy-makers, industry, civil society groups and the wider public.

To structure this complex socio-technical domain we propose an Analytic Classification of NE technologies into currently available methods, experimental and hypothetical technologies. Each of the types raises some fundamental ethical, legal, social and economic issues, which have different relevance to various societal groups point at different methods of stakeholder engagement and require different regulatory approaches. Over the course of the project the Analytic Classification will be developed and extended in the work packages.

Mobilisation will form the central commitment of the project from the outset to the conclusion. WP2 starts with a reconnaissance of the field of NE and the mobilisation of scientists and other stakeholders. Based on the Analytic Classification, WP3 will stimulate and organize a broad societal dialogue employing state-of-the-art engagement methodologies tailored to specific issues and stakeholders. A particular focus will be the hopes, fears and expectations of the wider public. WP4 will synthesise the national experience, map the contours of a normative framework as it emerges from societal engagement and dialogue and elaborate the concept of RRI in Europe. WP5 aims through a variety of dissemination strategies to maximise the impact of the project outcomes throughout Europe.

The consortium comprises experts in the neurocognitive sciences, the social sciences and humanities and science communication. Many have prior experience of EC projects and of successful collaborations with other members of the consortium.

Publications

Publications

  • Bard, I., Gaskell, G., Allansdottir, A., Vieira da Cunha, R., Eduard, P., Hampel, J., et al. (2018). Bottom Up Ethics – Neuroenhancement in Education and Employment. Neuroethics, 11, 309-322. doi:10.1007/s12152-018-9366-7
  • Fuchs, D., Capari, L., & Torgersen, H. (2018). Neuroenhancement und TA-Verantwortung. (M. Decker, Lindner, R., Lingner, S., Scherz, C., & Sotoudeh, M., Eds.), NTA7 Proceedings: "Grand Challenges" meistern – der Beitrag der Technikfolgenabschätzung. Baden-Baden: Nomos – edition sigma. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.5771/9783845283562-11
  • Gaskell, G. et al (co-author: H. T. ). (2017). Public views on gene editing and its uses. Nature Biotechnology, 35, 1021-1023. Retrieved from https://www.nature.com/articles/nbt.3958
  • Torgersen, H. (2017). Neuroenhancement – (k)ein Thema?. doi:10.1553/ITA-ms-17-01
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2016). Neuroenhancement: old dreams, sober reality. ITA dossier no. 24en (November 2016; Author: Helge Torgersen). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-024en
  • Lösch, A. [et al]. (2016). Technikfolgenabschätzung von soziotechnischen Zukünften (Ko-AutorInnen des ITA: Daniela Fuchs, Karen Kastenhofer und Helge Torgersen). Retrieved from http://epub.oeaw.ac.at/ita/ita-papers/loesch-et-al-2016-technikfolgenabschaetzung-von-soziotechnischen-zukuenften.pdf
  • ITA [Hrsg.],. (2016). Hirndoping – alte Träume, ernüchternde Realität. ITA-Dossier Nr. 24 (November 2016; Autor: Helge Torgersen). Wien. doi:10.1553/ita-doss-024
  • Bayer, T. (2016). Brain doping – alles nur ein Hirngespinst?. Retrieved from http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/publikationen/publikations-news/brain-doping-alles-nur-ein-hirngespinst/
  • Riedlinger, D. (2016). Neue Studie zu „Hirndoping“. Retrieved from http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/projekte/news/neue-studie-zu-hirndoping/
  • Kastenhofer, K., & Torgersen, H. (2016). Transhumanismus und Neuroenhancement: technowissenschaftliche Visionen als Herausforderung für die Technikfolgenabschätzung, 52-56.
  • Riedlinger, D. (2016). Einladung zur Projektpräsentation: Kluge Grenzen oder grenzenlos klug? Wie sinnvoll ist geistige Leistungssteigerung?. Retrieved from http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/veranstaltungen/weitere-events/der-gedopte-mensch-16022015/
  • Kastenhofer, K., & Torgersen, H. (2015). Spekulative Verantwortung. Rolle und Praxis von TA am Beispiel von 'Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research and Innovation'. In A. Bogner, Decker, M., & Sotoudeh, M. (Eds.), Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS) (Tran.), Responsible Innovation – Neue Impulse für die Technikfolgenabschätzung? (pp. 349-356). Baden-Baden: Nomos/edition sigma.
  • Torgersen, H. (2015). Kaffeehaus 4.0. Eine Neuroertüchtigung, Nr. 196, 86-89.
  • Torgersen, H. (2015). Neuroenhancement – a thought experiment, xx.
  • Fuchs, D., Torgersen, H., & Bauer, A. (2015). Implementation Plan: Towards a White Paper on Neuroenhancement. Deliverable Report 4.1 for NERRI WP4: Governance of RRI. Wien.
  • Torgersen, H. (2014). Making sense of “responsible research and innovation” in Neuro-Enhancement. Nerri News [Online]. Retrieved from http://www.nerri.eu/eng/news-highlights/nerri-news/making-sense-of-responsible-research-and-innovation-in-neuroenhancement.aspx
  • Riedlinger, D. (2013). Forschungspolitisch mitreden. Ita-Newsfeed. Retrieved from http://www.oeaw.ac.at/ita/projekte/news/forschungspolitisch-mitreden
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Conference Papers/Speeches

Conference Papers/Speeches

  • 13/10/2016 , Bergen
    Helge Torgersen,  Karen Kastenhofer: 
    Options for technology assessment in a techno-scientific innovation regime
    8th Annual S.Net meeting: The Co-Production of Emerging Bodies, Politics and Technologies
  • 04/12/2015 , Wien
    Helge Torgersen,  Karen Kastenhofer: 
    Speculative responsibility and the hermeneutic turn in TA
    Living in Technoscientific Worlds. International Conference Celebrating the Launch of STS Austria
  • 04/06/2014 , Wien
    Helge Torgersen,  Karen Kastenhofer: 
    Spekulative Verantwortung – Rolle und Praxis von TA am Beispiel von 'Neuro-Enhancement: Responsible Research & Innovation'
    Responsible Innovation. Neue Impulse für die Technikfolgenabschätzung? Internationale Konferenz NTA6-TA14
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