Ethics in healthcare and medical technology

Thursday May 31st

19:45 live music
20:15 speakers
Café Loburg

Our healthcare is evolving and new technologies are emerging rapidly. For example online consultations, automatic surveillance for elderly with dementia or maybe even health-care robots. This might make care better, easier and probably cheaper. But at the same time medical technological developments have always also spurred ethical questions: should we allow everything which is (technologically) possible? However, it is questionable whether it is always helpful to speak in terms of being ‘for’ or ‘against’ a specific technology. In this Science Cafe ethical concerns will be discussed regarding medical technologies with a special focus on vaccination. Our first speaker Dr. Alistair Niemeijer will focus on the ethics of medical and health technologies, whereby it will be argued that health (or lack thereof) in relation to technology should be conceived of as something that is undergone, rather than something which can be chosen. The limitations of (freedom of) choice is also an issue in the talk by Prof Marcel Verweij. More and more parents are hesitant towards vaccination, and this is undermining public health. How to evaluate this from an ethical perspective?

Dr. Alistair Niemeijer is assistant professor in care ethics at the University of Humanistic Studies and post doc researcher at the Department of Social Medicine of VU University Medical Center. His PhD focused on the ethical aspects of surveillance technology in long term care. He is currently project leader of the ZonMW researchproject “Fostering new normative expressions of human dignity for people with multiple health problems in Utrecht” which has been conducted in cooperation with the Municipality of Utrecht.

Prof. Marcel Verweij holds the chair of philosophy in the Department of Social Sciences, Wageningen UR. His research and teaching cover a very broad area in applied philosophy and ethics, including animal ethics and business ethics, but his primary focus is public health. Since 2005, Verweij is member of the Health Council of the Netherlands. He has been involved in more than 20 advisory reports for the Minister of Health, including reports on collective vaccination, screening, preconception counselling, special policies for high-risk groups, and expert reports on Q-Fever and Mexican Flu.

PREVIOUS SESSION: Cyber security & Internet of Things

Thursday April 26th

19:45 live music
20:15 speakers
Café Loburg

We are more connected to the digital world than ever before. Whatever we do nowadays, be it work related or social, dealing with banks or with the government, even jogging, chances are we’ll use the internet. All the devices we use are becoming increasingly connected to each other, forming the Internet of Things, although we don’t always realise the implication of this in our life and specially in our online safety and privacy. Cyber security is about more than just online privacy. What about hacking of planes, digital warfare between countries or meddling with elections? This Science Café will bring you the ins and outs of a life connected to the internet. Particularly cyber security, the major threats we face, and how we are kept safe. Join us in the discussion on the importance of cyber security and the extent to which we are willing to go to reduce the risks inherent to our digital lives. Speakers: Prof. BedirTekinerdogan (WUR) and Jan Rochat (AET Europe).

Our first speaker is Professor Bedir Tekinerdogan from the chair group Information Technology here at Wageningen University. Expert in information technology, software engineering and the Internet of Things, he got his MSc and Phd in Computer Science at the University of Twente. He was faculty member at the same university until 2008 when he the joined the staff of Bilkent University in Turkey before taking up a professorship in Wageningen in 2015. He has more than 25 years of experience in information technology and software engineering research and education. He has been active in dozens of national and international research and consultancy projects with various large software companies whereby he has worked as a principal researcher and leading software/system architect. In this Science cafe, he will talk to us about the Internet of Things, our connection to the digital world, and how one of its main challenges is cybersecurity.

Our second speaker is Jan Rochat, Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer of AET Europe, which is a global leader in the area of digital security solutions. He directly oversees several strong security tools developed using military grade technology. He is a strong believer in the key role of security and privacy in our current digital world. He also works as an independent security and cryptography expert for various security projects. He helps businesses protect their networks, applications, and information assets from malicious or careless employees, criminal hackers and unforeseen events. Jan Rochat has extensive knowledge on a variety of fields directly related to information security such as Identity and Access Management, Physical Access Control Security, cyber security and security management policies and procedures. Before cofounding AET Europe his career started in the Dutch Ministry of Defence as Chief Architect and later as security consultant at Capgemini. In this Science cafe, he will talk to us about the main challenges in cybersecurity and how our security and privacy is and will be kept safe, now and in the future.

Exploring and discussing science with professionals, funky music and a drink.