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Enhancing Value Sensitivity in Emerging Technologies (EVSET)

Researchers Involved

Dr. Ning Wang

research areas

Digital Ethics
Technology & Society


2021 - 2022


This blended course seeks to introduce the concept of «value sensitive innovation» from inter-disciplinary perspectives, and to equip young scientists and future innovators with a value-based innovation mindset and a set of practical toolkits.


Digital technologies are powerful tools to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). However, technological innovation may intersect with values, norms, and moral commitments, and may bring unintended harmful consequences or hinder environmental, economic and social improvements. A responsible way forward proposes addressing ethical and societal values in the development of technologies before they are introduced and integrated in society. This approach helps enhance technologists’ and innovators’ sensitivity to values throughout the innovation practices. The project is funded by the UZH Teaching Fund (ULF) through the Open Innovation Program.

More info about the project here.

Self-Learning Tool

The course consists of four learning elements: face-to-face lectures and discussions during seminars (including invited guest lectures), online self-learning sessions on OLAT, individual or group work around own innovation ideas or projects, and a pitch session to a “jury board” as the final presentation.

OLAT Portal