What responsibilities do researchers have? Do they ask the necessary questions? Do we have the right policies to ensure that technology is developed with and for society? These and other exciting talking points at the EuroTech High Level Event 2021 attracted a total of more than 200 participants. 50 people were present in Brussels and more than 170 people followed on the livestream.
In addition to representatives from NGOs, European institutions, startups and of course the other EuroTech universities, TUM alumna Nina Zuber brought her views to the stage for TUM. The complete list of speakers can be found on the EuroTech website.
Speaking from the perspective of a mechanical engineering student, she made it clear that topics such as ethics, social acceptance, and the responsible use of new technologies need to be integrated even more strongly into current and future curricula. Lifelong learning can also make an important contribution here to bringing engineers up to date with developments and making them aware of their social responsibility again and again in the course of their professional lives.
Hybrid format as a success
Participants were actively involved in the discussion, could ask questions and comment via the interactive chat platform Sli.do. The combination of a small audience on site due to the current Corona measures and a larger audience via livestream has proven to be a successful model and will certainly be used again in the future.
If you are interested in the other positions brought forward and the wider discussions on the topic of technology development with and for greater society, please watch the recording on EuroTech’s YouToube channel. The EuroTech High Level Event was part of this year's TUM Global Dialogue Series, where all TUM branches around the world launch vibrant discussions on timely topics.
If you are interested in this and other activities of TUM Brussels, please contact Maria-Valerie Schegk.