Program 2017-10-16T12:15:13+00:00

Congress Program

Each year, the International Congress of 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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Last update: October 15, 2017.

2017 Highlighted Theme

The boundaries between humans and machines: 50th anniversary of the invention of the mouse

An important aspect of technology is to design and develop interfaces that allow man to interact with machines, and more recently with computers, what J.C.R Licklider called “Man-Computer Symbiosis.” The highlighted theme of 2017 will analyze this important aspect of the technological design that allows the translation between the language of the man and the language of the machines. It marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of one of the most successful hardware devices in the history of computing: the mouse. In 1967, engineer Douglas Engelbart, then researcher at the Stanford Research Institute, devised a device that could be moved by hand and move the corresponding physical movement to the screen. See the following video of 1968, of less of 2 min of length, in which Dr. Engelbart himself presents his invention.

Plenary Speakers

Dra. Mónica Edwards Schachter

Mónica Edwards Schachter, Ph.D – Independent research and miValu CEO (Spain)

Blue innovation: A new sustainability roadmap?

Mónica Edwards-Schachter is a multidisciplinary researcher, writer, consultant, trainer and scientific disseminator with more than 25 years of experience in science and engineering education and innovation studies, particularly in social innovation, creativity and competences development. Dr. Cum Laude from the University of Valencia with a pioneering dissertation on the planetary crisis and sustainability education (Spain, 2003) and Phd (ABD) on Innovation and Engineering Projects (Polytechnic University of Valencia, 2006). She holds Bachelor Degrees in Electronic Engineering and Science Education. From 2007 to 2015 she worked at the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Management (INGENIO) within the Torres Quevedo and Jae-Doc programes supported by the Spanish Research Council. She has over 130 publications, including prestigious journals as Research Policy, Creativity and Thinking Skills, Review of Policy Research and editorials like Springer, Taylor & Francis, McMillan and IGI Global. She is currently participating in the project Social Innovation futures: beyond policy panacea and conceptual ambiguity, supported by EU-spri (European Forum for Studies of Policies for Research and Innovation). She received various prizes, like the IBM Award (Science in Action contest, 2012) with a game for scientific reasoning decision-making related to climate change and her book Redes para la Paz (Networks for peace), an essay on the interrelationships between peace, environment and sustainability (2007). Since 2008 she is blogger on innovation and creativity topics at the magazine Tendencias21 and from 2011 on living labs & hubs in Entrepreneurial Spaces & Collectivities (ESCies, UK).

Dr. Mario Toboso

Mario Toboso Martín, Ph.D – Spanish National Research Council (CSIC, Spain)

Considerations on technological mediation: uses, interfaces and appropriations

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.

Consult the complete cv of Mario Toboso at CSIC.

Dr. Roberto Feltrero

Roberto Feltrero Oreja, Ph.D – Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED, Spain)

Tecnoinnovadores sociales y empresas responsables. Propuestas para una filosofía de la innovación integradora.

Doctor in Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences by the UNED. At the moment he is associate professor at UNED and USAL where he teaches Digital Humanities and Educational and Researching Technologies. He also collaborates as an associate researcher at the Seminar on the Society of Knowledge and Cultural Diversity of UNAM, Mexico. 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 (

Dr. Gonzalo Génova

Gonzalo Génova, Ph.D – Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain)

¿Puede ser libre una máquina computacional?

Gonzalo Génova is a Telecommunication Engineer (1992), Bachelor of Philosophy (1996) and PhD in Computer Engineering (2003). Since 1999 he is a member of theComputer Science and Engineering Department of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, in the area of Software Engineering. In the academic year 2013-2014, he was invited for a research and teaching stay in Santiago, Chile, to work at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Universidad Nacional Andrés Bello, and at CITIAPS (Center for Innovation in Information Technology for Social Applications) of theUniversidad de Santiago de Chile. His main lines of research and teaching focus on modeling and modeling languages in software engineering, requirements engineering, and the philosophical foundations of information systems and artificial intelligence.

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