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Artificial Intelligence and Intersectionality

Europe of Knowledge |

Behind the Artificial Intelligence (AI) hype about its numerous benefits, uncomfortable questions concerning the problematic social impacts of AI on issues such as justice, fairness and equality are intensifying. While it has been argued that AI has a potential to eliminate human bias, growing evidence suggests quite the opposite – that AI is amplifying and exacerbating gender, racial, ethnic and other stereotypes.

Responsible Research and Innovation training

Europe of Knowledge |

How to align research and innovation with values, needs and expectations of society? During the past ten years, researchers, policy-makers and funders in Europe have developed and supported the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) approach to address societal aspects of research and innovation early on.

Politics and Policy of Artificial Intelligence

Europe of Knowledge |

Inga Ulnicane These days Artificial Intelligence (AI) is high on international political agenda. US President Biden has just issued an executive order on safe, secure and trustworthy AI. G7 leaders have agreed on Guiding Principles and a Code of Conduct on Artificial Intelligence. The UK is hosting the first global AI Safety Summit. However, not […]

ECPR Knowledge Politics and Policies 2023

Europe of Knowledge |

The 2023 edition of the General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) took place in Prague, 4-8 September. The section of our ECPR Standing Group Knowledge Politics and Policies included nine panels on politics and policy of academic mobility and diplomacy, universities, higher and vocational education, research, and Artificial Intelligence. This year […]

Politics of EU research funding

Europe of Knowledge |

Inga Ulnicane EU research policy has experienced tremendous growth in terms of increase in the EU-level competences, funds, initiatives and policy instruments. While today EU research policy is taken for granted, in the early days of European political integration in the 1950s its establishment was far from obvious. Initial treaties did not envisage European level […]

RENPET Network Residency at KU Leuven

Óscar Fernández |

Óscar Fernández is a second-year PhD candidate at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, also affiliated with the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI). His PhD focuses on the EU’s role in global health. This article details his experience on a RENPET-funded research stay.

Science diplomacy and the North-South divide: Lessons learned from Southern participation in intergovernmental science organizations

Europe of Knowledge |

Anna-Lena Rüland, Nicolas Rüffin, Katharina Cramer, Prosper Ngabonziza, Manoj Saxena, Stefan Skupien Science diplomacy, broadly defined as all activities at the intersection of science policy and international relations, has become somewhat of a buzzword during the last 10 years. Initially coined and put on the international agenda by prominent US-American policymakers and institutions, it has […]

How do small countries establish Big Science in the age of the European Research Area? The case of the Belgian MYRRHA project

Europe of Knowledge |

Hein Brookhuis Over the past decades, the European Commission has increasingly aimed to include scientific collaboration explicitly in its political project. With the introduction of the European Research Area in 2000, the Commission hoped to create a “borderless market for research, innovation and technology.” The origins and dynamics of this European science policy have been […]

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