Keynote speakers

Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem 

Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem is a philosopher of science and technology, an AI ethics policy advisor, and a machine ethics researcher. Emma is a member of the newly convened UN Secretary General’s AI Advisory Body. She is also the Chairperson of the UNESCO World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). Currently, she is the Head of the Department of Philosophy, University of Pretoria, leads the AI ethics group at the South African Centre for AI Research (CAIR), and chairs the Southern African Conference on AI Research (SACAIR). Emma led the UNESCO Ad Hoc Expert Group that prepared the draft of the 2021 UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of AI and contributed to development of its implementation instruments. She is a full member of the International Academy for the Philosophy of Science (AIPS). She is a member of the Global Academic Network, Centre for AI and Digital Policy, Washington DC and has worked in projects related to AI ethics with the African Union Development Agency (AUDA)-NEPAD and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR). She has membership of various international AI ethics advisory boards (e.g., WASP-HS, SAP SE), consults widely in the private sector on the ethics of emerging technologies, and is an associate editor for the Journal of Science and Engineering Ethics. 

More information about Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem can be found here



Stephen M. Gardiner

Stephen M. Gardiner is Professor of Philosophy and Ben Rabinowitz Endowed Professor of the Human Dimensions of the Environment at the University of Washington, Seattle, where he is also Director of the Program on Ethics. His research focuses on global environmental problems, future generations and virtue ethics. He is the author of A Perfect moral Storm (Oxford, 2011), and co-author of Debating Climate Ethics (Oxford, 2016) and Dialogues on Climate Justice (Routledge, 2023). His work focuses on climate ethics and justice, but also touches on discussion in ethics of technology, notably in terms of Geoengineering. 

Given how his work navigates the intersection of Philosophy and Ethics of technology and environmental ethics, his keynote lecture will be a welcome addition to our conference. 

More information can be found here Stephen Gardiner | Department of Philosophy | University of Washington


Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent

Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent is a philosopher and historian of science, emeritus professor at Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne and a member of the French Académie des technologies.

Her research topics span from the history and philosophy of chemistry to materials science and nanotechnology with a continuous interest in science and the public issues. 

Given her expertise in the history of science, we are confident that Bensaude-Vincent will provide her own perspective on technology, which will be a valuable addition to the conference.

More information about Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent can be found here.