What’s Been Done?

Past Events


  • Third Annual Conference of VIRI – Arizona State University, May 15-17, 2017.

  • Heather Douglas has an essay, The Bitter Aftertaste of Technical Sweetness in a new edition of Frankenstein, published by MIT Press, May 2017.
  • Heather Douglas (with support from Rachel Ankeny) and Marc Saner presented on the topic Social Responsibility in Science From the Inside Out at the Annual Meeting of the AAAS in Boston (February 19, 2017). Video.
Heather Douglas, University of Waterloo
Heather Douglas, University of Waterloo
  • Heather Douglas gave a talk on The Challenge ofAccountability in Expert Advice” as the keynote address for a workshop on Expertise and Democratic Accountability in Courts and Public Administration held at the Norwegian Institute in Rome on May 31, 2016, and gave a similar talk on April 21, 2016 at the Challenges and Opportunities for Governance of Socio-Ecological Systems in Comparative Perspective at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo, Ontario.
  • RoundtableResponsible Innovation: Charting the Course for Canada at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, University of Waterloo, April 20,  2016. Marc Saner and Heather Douglas discussed the range of approaches to responsible innovation from around the world and lead a discussion on which approaches we could take to the issue in Canada. Handout.
  • Conference and 2nd Annual Meeting of VIRI – RRI: The Problematic Quest for “Right” ImpactsDonostia-San Sebastian (Basque Country): March 10 – 11, 2016.
First Annual Meeting July 2015 (photo credit: Marc Saner)
First Annual Meeting July 2015 [photo credit: Marc Saner]

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  • VIRI founded based on a grant by the National Science Foundation, Fall 2013.

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Sample Publications (by RICAH Members)

  • Burgess, M. (2014).  From ’trust us’ to participatory governance: Deliberative publics and science policy. Public Understanding of Science 23: 48-52.
  • Douglas, H. (2016) Values in Science. In Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Science, edited by Paul Humphreys, 609–630. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Douglas, H. (2014). The Moral Terrain of Science.  Erkenn 79: 961–979.
  • Douglas, H. (2003). The Moral Responsibilities of Scientists (Tensions Between Autonomy and Responsibility). American Philosophical Quarterly 40(1): 59-68.
  • O’Doherty, K., MacKenzie, M.K., Badulescu, D., and Burgess, M. (2013). Explosives, Genomics, and the Environment: Conducting Public Deliberation on Topics of Complex Science and Social Controversy. SAGE Open. January-March 2013: 1–17.
  • O’Doherty, K., Burgess, M. et al. (2011). From consent to institutions: Designing adaptive governance for genomic biobanks. Social Science & Medicine 73: 367-374.
  • Saner, M. and Marchant, G.E., (2015). Proactive International Regulatory Cooperation for Governance of Emerging Technologies. Jurimetrics 55: 147-178.
  • Saner, M. (2013). The Role of Adaptation in the Governance of Emerging Technologies. In: Marchant, G. E., Abbott, K. W., and Allenby, B. (eds.), Innovative Governance Models for Emerging Technologies. Edward Elgar Publishing, Northampton, MA: 92-107.
  • Wallach, W. (2015). A Dangerous Master: How to keep technology from slipping beyond our control. New York: Basic Books.