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Program2019-04-25T17:03:10+02:00

Congress Program

Each year, the International Congress on Technology, Science And Society attracts a diverse group of participants from around the world. Our program development team bases on this diversity to provide a rich and distinctive experience, including keynote speakers, lectures, workshops, exhibitions and social events. The congress program brings together presentations on similar topics to facilitate knowledge sharing and community building.

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Highlighted Theme

When technology is the problem: techno-social innovations to favor social inclusion

Today, social life is such that the realization of simple daily tasks forces us to relate to technological devices. But when the characteristics of these devices do not adapt adequately to our functional needs, the relationship becomes problematic. It is affected by the presence of gaps or barriers, of very different typology depending on the characteristics in conflict.

Reflecting critically and constructively on such barriers offers us numerous advantages. Perhaps the most remarkable is the possibility of implementing the opportune facilitators that lead to the development of more inclusive technologies. At present, however, in addition to information and communication technologies (the familiar ICT), we must incorporate new elements into reflection, such as the robotic devices that are increasingly being introduced in our closest spaces and of coexistence.

Eliminating technological barriers implies innovation processes that may come from particular users, from communities or from the developers themselves, and bring about social innovations, community innovations or simply instrumental innovations. In this sense, innovative ideas such as accessibility and universal design have long been established in the conceptual and practical wealth of users and developers.

The implementation of the appropriate facilitators and innovations also promotes technological appropriation and favors the participation of all people in the social environments to which the technologies give access. Reflecting on technological barriers thus acquires an ethical, social and political character, which implies the ideas of justice, rights and equal opportunities. Consequently, the main objective of critical and reflective knowledge about the technological framework in which we currently operate should not be other than to pave the way towards better, more respectful and inclusive societies for all people.

Global Knowledge Academics is officially a Observer and Promoter Entity of the research project “Capacitismo: haciendo evidente el último prejuicio. Su influencia en el cumplimiento en España de la Convención sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad”, in the call Retos Investigación: Proyectos I+D+i 2017 (Reference: FFI2017-88787-R) of the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

Tema destacado 2018

When technology is the problem: techno-social innovations to favor social inclusion

Today, social life is such that the realization of simple daily tasks forces us to relate to technological devices. But when the characteristics of these devices do not adapt adequately to our functional needs, the relationship becomes problematic. It is affected by the presence of gaps or barriers, of very different typology depending on the characteristics in conflict.

Reflecting critically and constructively on such barriers offers us numerous advantages. Perhaps the most remarkable is the possibility of implementing the opportune facilitators that lead to the development of more inclusive technologies. At present, however, in addition to information and communication technologies (the familiar ICT), we must incorporate new elements into reflection, such as the robotic devices that are increasingly being introduced in our closest spaces and of coexistence.

Eliminating technological barriers implies innovation processes that may come from particular users, from communities or from the developers themselves, and bring about social innovations, community innovations or simply instrumental innovations. In this sense, innovative ideas such as accessibility and universal design have long been established in the conceptual and practical wealth of users and developers.

The implementation of the appropriate facilitators and innovations also promotes technological appropriation and favors the participation of all people in the social environments to which the technologies give access. Reflecting on technological barriers thus acquires an ethical, social and political character, which implies the ideas of justice, rights and equal opportunities. Consequently, the main objective of critical and reflective knowledge about the technological framework in which we currently operate should not be other than to pave the way towards better, more respectful and inclusive societies for all people.

Global Knowledge Academics is officially a Observer and Promoter Entity of the research project “Capacitismo: haciendo evidente el último prejuicio. Su influencia en el cumplimiento en España de la Convención sobre los Derechos de las Personas con Discapacidad”, in the call Retos Investigación: Proyectos I+D+i 2017 (Reference: FFI2017-88787-R) of the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities.

Keynote speakers

Prof. Langdon Winner

Prof. Prof. Langdon Winner, PhD – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (USA)

Langdon Winner is a political theorist who focuses upon social and political issues that surround modern technological change.  He holds the Thomas Phelan Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.  Among his writings are Autonomous Technology, a study of the idea of “technology-out-of-control” in modern social thought and The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology.  Langdon received his Ph.D in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.  Over the years he has taught at The University of Leiden, U.C. Santa Cruz, M.I.T., and Harvey Mudd College.  He is past president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. Professor Winner’s thoughts on a variety of issues – energy, climate crash, innovation, public education, technologies for people with disabilities, etc. – appear regularly on his web page: www.langdonwinner.com.

Dr. Javier Echeverría

Prof. Javier Echeverría, PhD – Innology Lab Network (Spain)

Javier Echeverría is member of the International Academy of Philosophy of Science and Vicepresident of Jakiunde (Basque Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters). Previously was Prof. of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of the Basque Country (1978-1995), Research Prof. at the Spanish Council of Scientific Research (CSIC, Department of Science, Technology and Society, Madrid 1995-2008) and Ikerbasque Research Professor at the University of the Basque Country (2008-2018). He has published over 100 articles in scientific journals and more than 200 in collective books. He is the author of 20 books, including Innovation and Values: a European Perspective (UNR/CBS 2014), Knowledge Communities (co-edited with Andoni Alonso and Pedro Oiarzabal, UNR/CBS Reno, 2011), Epistemology and the Social (co-edited with Evandro Agazzi and Amparo Gomez, Amsterdam, Rodopi, 2008) and La revolución tecnocientífica (Madrid: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2003). He has recently published two books on Innovation Studies: El Arte de Innovar (Madrid: Plaza y Valdés, 2017) and Hidden innovation. Concepts, Sectors and Case Studies (San Sebastian, Sinnergiak Social Innovation, 2017, coeditor).

Prof. Afred Normann

Prof. Alfred Nordmann, PhD – Technische Universität Darmstadt (Germany)

Technologies of Pleasure

After receiving his Ph.D. in Hamburg (1986) and serving on the faculty of the Philosophy Department at the University of South Carolina (1988-2002), Alfred Nordmann became Professor of Philosophy of Science and of Technoscience at Darmstadt Technical University. He remains affiliated with the University of South Carolina, is a guest professor at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University and South China University of Technology in Guangzhou. Since 2000 Nordmann has been studying philosophical and societal dimensions of nanoscience and converging technologies, also of synthetic biology and related fields. These contribute to a comprehensive philosophy of technoscience that reflects recent changes in the culture of science and the changing relationship of science, technology, nature, and society. Where the philosophy of science investigates the relation of theory and reality,  the philosophy of technoscience seeks to explicate the relation of making and knowing – incorporating insights from the philosophy of technology into an understanding of the research process. This includes a conception of working knowledge concerning principles of composition in technology and art. Nordmann’s publications include papers on Heinrich Hertz and Charles Sanders Peirce, also Introductions to the Philosophy of Technology and to Wittgenstein’s Tractatus. He is editor of the Routledge book-series History and Philosophy of Technoscience.

Dr. Roberto Feltrero

Prof. Roberto Feltrero, PhD – Instituto Superior de Formación Docente Salomé Ureña (Dominican Republic/ Spain)

Doctor in Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences by the UNED. He is currently a High Qualification Professor at the Salomé Ureña Higher Teacher Training Institute of the Dominican Republic and a collaborating professor at UNED, Spain. His research and publications cover various philosophical and cognitive issues on education and outreach in science and technology and on innovation and the social appropriation of knowledge. With more than fifteen years of experience in distance education, he has given numerous training courses for postgraduate faculty as a specialist in the development of educational innovation activities. He has extensive experience in software design and software applications and is responsible for software development for functional and cultural diversity built into the HELIOX OS operating system (www.proyectoheliox.org).

Dr. Mario Toboso

Prof. Mario Toboso Martín, PhD – Spanish National Research Council CSIC (Spain)

Mario Toboso Martín is Tenured Scientist at the Department of Science, Technology & Society in the Institute of Philosophy of the Spanish National Research Council (Spanish: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, CSIC). He got the Degree in Physics at the University of Salamanca, Spain, the PhD at the same university (Department of Philosophy, Logic and Philosophy of Science) and the Master’s degree in “Design for All and Accessibility to ICT” at the EOI Bussiness School, Madrid. His research topics focus on: Studies on Science, Technology & Society; Disability Studies; Disability in Amartya Sen’s Approach; Studies on Functional Diversity; Accessibility and Inclusive Designs; Social and Community Innovation; Philosophy of Science and Philosophy of Time.

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