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The Munich Conference Series on Ethics in Innovation

26-27 June 2017 at Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt, Munich, Germany

The World Forum for Ethics in Business and the Max-Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition are coming together for a series of conferences on ‘Ethics in Innovation.’ This conference series is also supported by the Peter Löscher Chair for Business Ethics, Technical University of Munich (TUM), the European Patent Office and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office.

Innovation is recognised today as a powerful tool for social, economic and even cultural growth and evolution. Yet, ‘innovation’ is often considered to be either an end in itself, or primarily a means of promoting socio-economic efficiency and increasing corporate profits. In the 21st century global village, however, there is a growing recognition of the need to not only ensure and encourage innovations as such, but also to ensure and encourage innovations that achieve specific societal goals, such as environmental protection, inclusiveness, sustainability, affordability, and competition. There is a need, therefore, to broaden the academic, socio-economic, cultural and political discourse pertaining to ‘innovation’: In addition to the current emphasis on efficiency and profits, there is a need to include ‘ethics’ (as understood in both eastern and western cultures) as a specific goal towards which societal and industrial innovation must aspire and adhere.

With the aim of expanding the dialogue pertaining to ‘innovations’ as such and that pertaining to the ‘type’ of innovations that we, as a global society, desire, the Munich Conference Series on Ethics in Innovations seeks to bring together experts and practitioners from a variety of disciplines, and from diverse philosophical and cultural backgrounds, to one platform to exchange ideas, practices, practical experiences and current academic research pertaining to ‘ethics’, ‘innovation’ and their interface in the 21st century global village. The conference series is envisaged as one that will continue for four consecutive years, each year taking up issues of ethics and innovation from a multi-disciplinary perspective, with a particular focus on (i) both eastern and western philosophy, culture/religion and legal history, and (ii) a specific technological focus area. In the first year, the focus is on the information and communication technologies (ICT) and will invite experts from India and Europe to discuss the underlying ethical issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Venue

German Patent and Trade Mark Office
(Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt) – DPMAforum
Zweibrückenstraße 12
80331 München
Germany

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Introduction & Concept

The Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and the World Forum for Ethics in Business, in partnership with the European Patent Office, Munich and the Peter Löscher Chair for Business Ethics at the Technical University of Munich (TUM), are organizing a series of conferences titled the ‘Munich Conference Series on Ethics in Innovation’.

Innovation is recognized today as a powerful tool for social, economic and even cultural growth and evolution. Yet, ‘innovation’ is often considered to be either an end in itself, or primarily a means of promoting socio-economic efficiency and increasing corporate profits. In the 21st century global village, however, there is a growing recognition of the need to not only ensure and encourage innovations as such, but also to ensure and encourage innovations that achieve specific societal goals, such as environmental protection, inclusiveness, sustainability, affordability, and competition. There is a need, therefore, to broaden the academic, socio-economic, cultural and political discourse pertaining to ‘innovation’: In addition to the current emphasis on efficiency and profits, there is a need to include ‘ethics’ (as understood in both eastern and western cultures) as a specific goal towards which societal & industrial innovation must aspire and adhere.

With the aim of expanding the dialogue pertaining to ‘innovations’ as such and that pertaining to the ‘type’ of innovations that we, as a global society, desire, the Munich Conference Series on Ethics in Innovations seeks to bring together experts and practitioners from a variety of disciplines, and from diverse philosophical and cultural backgrounds, to one platform to exchange ideas, practices, practical experiences and current academic research pertaining to ‘ethics’, ‘innovation’ and their interface in the 21st century global village. The conference series is envisaged as one that will continue for four consecutive years, each year taking up issues of ethics and innovation from a multi-disciplinary perspective, with a particular focus on (i) both eastern and western philosophy, culture/religion and legal history, and (ii) a specific technological focus area. In the first year, the focus is on the information and communication technologies (ICT) and will invite experts from India and Europe to discuss the underlying ethical issues from a multi-disciplinary perspective.

Structure & Topics

The first conference in the series will take place over two days on 27-28 June, 2017. The first day (Day 1) of the conference will look at ‘ethics’ and ‘innovation’ from a broad multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural perspective, with a focus on the foundations of these two phenomenon – how do eastern and western worlds view these two phenomena? How do innovativeness and ethics get imbibed in a human psyche? In what way do scientists/inventors view ethical concerns emerging from civil society? What current efforts, if any, are underway to nurture both ethics and innovativeness in our global society?

The second day (Day 2) of the conference will look at specific issues at the interface of ‘ethics’ and ‘innovation’ in the information and communication technologies. Specific issues such as data protection, privacy, digitization trends, access and affordability, participatory innovation and sustainability will be discussed by experts from India and Europe, from a variety of disciplines, including business ethics, philosophy, science, law & economics. In addition to identifying current and emerging issues, in each panel, the speakers and the chair will seek to promote an inter-cultural dialogue and understanding of similarities and differences in approaches to ethical concerns identified in each technological area.

CONFERENCE PANELS Day 1: Ethics & Innovation: What We Knew Then, What We Know Now

08:00 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 9:30 Welcome & Introduction

09:30 – 10:30 Keynote Panel: Ethics and Innovations – Revisiting the Foundations

10:30 – 10:45 Panel Discussion and Q&A

10:45 – 11:15 Refreshment Break

11:00 – 12:30 Panel I: Science, Ethics and Innovation: The Common Ground

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch**

14:00 – 15:45 Panel II**: Continuing Education for Ethics in Innovations

15:45 – 16:15 Refreshment Break

16:15 – 18:00 Panel III: Regulations for Ethical Innovations

19:00 Conference Dinner (for speakers/organizers) & Cultural Programs (open to delegates for a fee) **

**14:00 –16:00 Parallel Session for University Students and Youth Participants (see below)

Day 1: Parallel Session for University Students and Youth Participants

14:00 – 14:30 Keynote Address

14:30 – 14:50 ‘The Call of the Youth’: Introduction & Concept

14:50 – 15:10 Creation of Teams and Division of Tasks

15:10 – 15:40 Team Discussions (Within Teams)

15:40 – 15:55 Team Discussion (Among Teams) & Preparation of Call***

15:55 – 16:15 Reflection and Introspection

16:15 – 16:30 Refreshment Break ***

***Time will also be available to Students and Youth Participants at the end of Day 1 for further discussions

CONFERENCE PANELS Day 2: Ethics & Innovation in the 21st Century ICT Sector

08:30 – 09:00 Registration

09:00 – 10:30 Panel IV: Ethics and Digitization: What Does it Mean for Innovation?

10:30 – 11:00 Refreshment Break

11:00 – 12:30 Panel V: Ethics, Economics and Artificial Intelligence: Emerging Issues

12:30 – 13:45 Lunch

13:45 – 14:15 Call of the Youth

14:15 – 15:45 Panel VI: Information, Innovation and the Internet of Things

15:45 – 16:15 Refreshment Break

16:15 – 17:45 Panel VII: Access, Affordability & Participation: Promoting Sustainable & Inclusive Innovations

17:45 – 18:30 Group Discussion & Conference Closing

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Confirmed speakers and moderators

(in alphabetical order):

Dr. Rachel Alemu, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition

Mr. Inge Andersen, Secretary General, Norwegian Olympic Committee

Dr. Christoph Ann, Chair, Business Law & Intellectual Property Law, Technical University of Munich

Ajay Bagga, Executive Chairman, OPC Asset Solutions

Kay Firth Butterfield, Vice Chair, IEEE Industry Connections “Global Initiative for Ethical Considerations in the Design of Autonomous Systems

Dr. Rafael Capurro, Director, Steinbeis Transfer Institute – Information Ethics

Günter Conrad, Chairman, CON-First GmbH

Dr. Andreas de Bruin, University of Applied Sciences, Munich / Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich

Prof. Dr. Giovanna de Minico, University of Naples Federico II

Dr. Josef Drexl, Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition

Yvonne Feri, National Councillor, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Oxford University

Prof. Dr. Marie-Claire Foblets, Director and Scientific Member, Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology

Christoph Glaser, Managing Director, World Forum for Ethics in Business

Dr. Heinz Goddar, Partner, Boehmert and Boehmert

Dr. Reto Hilty, Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition

Dr. Ashok  Jhunjhunwala, Advisor, Government of India, Faculty, IIT Chennai Indian Institute of Technology

Dr. Mrinalini Kochupillai, Senior Research Fellow; Program Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition

Rajita Kulkarni, President, World Forum for Ethics in Business

Jo Leinen, Member of European Parliament

Dr. Christoph Lütge, Peter Löscher Chair for Business Ethics, Technical University of Munich

Peter Marti, CEO, Marti Communications

Sanjay Pradhan, CEO, Open Government Partnership

Dr. Andreas Rickert, CEO and Founder, PHINEO gAG

Bishop Dr. Marcelo Sanchez SorondoChancellor, Pontifical Academy of Sciences; Chancellor, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Holy See (Vatican)

Cornelia Rudloff-Schäffer, President, German Patent and Trade Mark Office

Dr. Burkhard Schafer, University of Edinburgh

Dr. Emma Seppälä, Science Director, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University

Hon’ble Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, World Forum for Ethics in Business, International Association for Human Values, Art of Living Foundation

Jaan Tallinn, Co-founder, Skype

Dr. Axel Walz, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition

Klaus Wiedemann, Doctoral Researcher, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition

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