Organizing team

Scientific Committee

Jochem Zwier

Jochem Zwier is scientific program director of the 4TU.Ethics ESDiT conference 2024. He is also postdoc at the Wageningen University & Research and managing director of the 4TU.Center for Ethics and Technology.


Emily Sullivan

Emily Sullivan is an Assistant Professor of philosophy and at Utrecht University. She is a fellow in the ESDiT research consortium, and an Associate Editor for the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.

Her research is at the intersection between philosophy and data and computer science and explores the way that technology mediates our knowledge. Currently she is the PI on a NWO Veni project (2021-2024) on the explainability of machine learning systems.

More information about Emily can be found here

Lucie White

Lucie White is assistant professor at the University of Utrecht


Vincent Blok

Vincent Blok (1970) is a Dutch philosopher working as professor at the Wageningen University (The Netherlands). He is professor in Philosophy of technology and responsible innovation. He is also scientific director of the 4TU Centre for Ethics of Technology, a collaboration of the four technical universities in the Netherlands.

Philip Brey

Philip Brey is professor of philosophy and ethics of technology at the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente, the Netherlands. He is currently also programme leader of the ESDiT. In his research, Philip Brey investigates ethical aspects of emerging technologies, with a particular focus on information technology, robotics, biomedical technology and environmental technologies. 

Organizational Committee

Jochem Zwier

Jochem Zwier is scientific program director of the 4TU.Ethics ESDiT conference 2024. He is also postdoc at the Wageningen University & Research and managing director of the 4TU.Center for Ethics and Technology.

Mariska Bosschaert

Mariska is PhD at the Wageningen University & Research. She is also coordinator at he 4TU.Center for Ethics and Technology.

Her PhD research goes back to the empirical turn in the philosophy of technology. During the empirical turn several philosophers decided that they needed to study technologies at the micro-level in order to understand their particularities. This turn has gained new insights about technologies, but their turn away from the systemic level of analysis resulted in a limitation as well. In this research we will try to find a way to relate the ontic and ontological levels of studying technologies without loosing the gains from the empirical turn.

Seeta Autar

Seeta is project manager of the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies (ESDiT) Research program.

Karen Moesker

Karen Moesker is a PhD candidate at the Delft University of Technology and is affiliated with the Department of Values, Technology, and Innovation of the faculty of Technology, Policy, and Management. Her research focuses on exploring the normative and ethical aspects of a controversial technology, direct potable water reuse. With this technology as a case study, she investigates how direct potable water reuse is perceived by different societies and whether the human right to water and justice can be enhanced with the technology's application. 


Bouke van Balen

How do BCIs disrupt our concept of personhood, and what are the moral implications of this disruption?

This is the leading question of my PhD-dissertation. I work with a research group of neuroscientists and doctors in the UMC Utrecht who are the first in the world to develop a BCI for home use. My research is part of the Ethics of Socially Disruptive Technologies (ESDiT) programme, where we research questions on the intersection of philosophy, ethics, technology, engineering and the social sciences. 

About 4TU.Ethics


The 4TU.Center for Ethics and Technology is a collaboration between four technical Universities in The Netherlands: Delft University of Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Wageningen University & Research and University of Twente. It is a community of researchers that aims to stimulate and perform research in the field of ethics and technology, both fundamental and applied. 4TU.Ethics aims to address societal challenges in the context of a globalized and inter-connected world,  and to advance understanding of ethical issues in engineering and technology development. 

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About ESDiT

The overall aim of the ESDiT research programme is to develop a comprehensive philosophical understanding of the socially disruptive technologies (SDTs) of the 21st century, and in particular their challenge to the very concepts and values that we normally appeal to in our moral thinking. These concepts and values form the basis of our current moral, political, and anthropological order. There is an urgency to this aim, as we need to develop new moral frameworks to guide these technologies for the betterment of humanity.

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