Statement of intent
The natural and engineering sciences produce
knowledge and technology which can be abused or used to the better.
Students of science and engineering are often unaware of related dilemmas which they will face in their future careers.
The new bachelor and master programs of the Bologna process offer some opportunities to address such issues in dedicated teaching units. Initiatives for establishing ethics and peace education at universities have been promoted by various national and international organisations (like UNESCO, the UN Committee for disarmament education, the International Peace Research Association, the European Association for Engineering Education (SEFI) etc.).
However, it depends largely on the local leadership, expertise and resources to put such intentions into practice. Every case is a story of its own.
The organizers of this workshop have initiated peace and ethics teaching for science students at their universities. They cooperate within the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility and within the Pugwash Movement.
We invited colleagues and experts with practical experience to come to Hamburg for this three day workshop for sharing experience and exchanging insight and inspiration for future work. The workshop was a platform for networking and establishment of cooperation, like joint development of teaching approaches and exchange of teaching material. We had 21 speaker and 17 additional participants.
University of Hamburg, University of Copenhagen,
International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES),
Hamburg Scientists Initiative Responsibility for Peace and Nature
The workshop was held at Hamburg University, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1,
Main Building (Hauptgebäude), West wing, Room W 221 (near Dammtor
Martin Weil c/o Prof. Martin Kalinowski,