Learning by doing – a practical approach to integrate ethical and societal tools in quantum-innovation

18 Oct 2022
15:30 - 16:45

Oortgebouw, Faculty of Science, Leiden University
Niels Bohrweg 2 (Room: De Sitterzaal)

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Centre for Quantum and Society

On 18 October 2022, we will have our regular Quantum & Society Research Colloquium, this month at Leiden University, with Verena Schulze Greiving as speaker.

Quantum computing promises to solve great societal and economic challenges – to find solutions to climate change, discover new compounds used as medicine, optimize the allocation of job resources, or improve financial models. On the other hand, quantum computers also pose ethical and societal challenges related to communication and privacy, inequality, and accessibility to the technology.

In order to take the societal and ethical impact of quantum technologies into account we have to consider these aspects already at the beginning of the innovation process. Therefore, we have developed various practical methodologies like mapping tools and (theatrical) roleplays aiming at integrating ethical and societal context in quantum- and nanotechnology research and education. In my presentation I will discuss our approach, reflect on the development and use of such tools, and on how to integrate them in the innovation process.

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Dr. Verena Schulze Greiving is currently working as a researcher and lecturer at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in Enschede in the departments of Nanotechnology and Ethics & Technology. In her current position, she develops practical methodologies and tools to stimulate the uptake of ethical and societal aspects in an innovation process. After finishing her Master and PhD in the fields of

Nanotechnology, Schulze Greiving gained experience in Science & Technology Studies and in Constructive Technology Assessment in the Science, Technology & Policy Studies (STePS) section of the University of Twente, mainly focusing on the societal impact of quantum- and nanotechnologies.


15:30 – 15:45 Opening by Joris van Hoboken and welcome and introduction by Julia Cramer

15:45 – 16:15 Lecture by Verena Schulze Greiving

16:15 – 16:45 Discussion

16:45 – 17:30 Networking Drinks

Centre for Quantum and Society 

The Centre for Quantum and Society is a knowledge and co-creation centre to maximise quantum technologies’ positive impact on society. We’re part of Action Line 4 of Quantum Delta NL, a unique program that aims to put societal impact first. We facilitate ground-breaking research into the ethical, legal, and societal dimensions related to quantum technologies. We develop tools to assess quantum applications’ impacts and develop governance approaches and guidelines. We support startups, small businesses, and corporate innovation teams in understanding the potential impact of quantum technologies on their sector, customers, and society. Last but not least, we initiate mission-driven innovation projects. 

This monthly colloquium, organized by the Center for Quantum & Society of Quantum Delta NL,  provides a platform for quantum & society researchers, aimed at building and broadening the community engaged in research on non-technical questions related to quantum technologies, including their development, applications and implications. We will provide networking opportunities within the community, including with the aim to facilitate new collaborations.


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