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Masterclass on Geo Ethics For UT staff and students

The GeoEthics committee would like to invite you to participate in a masterclass on recent developments in Geoethics. The event is open to all UT staff and students. You can register via the button below.

As in many other research fields, Geospatial Science takes advantage of many new or expanded data sources and new technology that rely on the latest information infrastructure. The latter is becoming increasingly day-to-day in our work, and their social and environmental impact may fade into the background without adequate attention.

Those changes harbor new ethical challenges linked to recognizing if, how, and why those technologies should be developed and their broader societal impact. In addition, it is essential to realize that current assumptions about what it means to do ‘geo-for-good’ require scrutiny. Dialogue is needed between diversifying stakeholders and recognizing how the interests of those funding the research and those producing technologies shape the societal and environmental implications of new geo-applications. It is of utmost importance to recognize new and longstanding ethical challenges that geo-researchers face in their day-to-day work and through their societal and environmental impact and how ethics guidelines are being adapted in light of those changes.

The masterclass on “Geo Ethics” aims to stimulate reflection about the meaning of ethical principles in responsible research and raise awareness on the fundamentals of Research Ethics. The lecture and panel discussion provide an opportunity for geospatial scientists to – in an interactive way -become more conscious of their social role and responsibilities in conducting their research, the ethical issues underlining research with geospatial data and geo-data technologies, and the potential impacts of their findings and outputs on the environment and society.

For more information or questions, please contact Masoome Shariat, Research Support Officer (m.shariat@utwente.nl).

Join us in those debates!

Date: 10 May  2023, 10:00-13:00 
Venue: ITC Langezijds - DISC Lab 



10:00 – 10:15 

Arrivals & Coffee 

10:15– 10:25 

Opening and introduction (Karin Pfeffer, Masoome Shariat

10 min presentation + Q&A 

10:25 – 11:00 

Presentation on the “Ethical use of location data” (Caroline Gevaert
30 min presentation + 5 min Q&A 

11:00 – 12:00 

Panel Discussion  
Ethical issues underlining research with geospatial data 

Panel moderator: Isaac Oluoch 

Panel members: Alice NikuzeDennis Reidsma, Fran Meissner,  

Brian Masinde 


12:00 – 13:00