ICT is a booming field promising new exciting technologies for societies at large, and it is harder and harder to imagine our life without it. However, the pressure for the IT sector to ensure that societal needs are taken into account both as regards research and innovation aims and the research design, is growing.

What can be the role of social sciences and humanities in this context?

Multi-, cross-, trans- and non-disciplinary collaborations are becoming more and more common in the academia. The EU framework program not only supports the SSH role’s in ICT research aimed at ensuring ethics, but also encourages social scientists to drive societal transformation in times of new technological challenges (issues of privacy, robotics and automation, etc).

The aim of HubIT SSH Workshop is to discuss collaboration between social sciences/humanities and ICT research through success stories and discussions. In particular, the event will address the following questions:
What are the goals and benefits of such cooperation?
How to initiate collaboration with ICT?
What societal challenges need to be solved together by ICT and SSH?
The workshop will showcase examples of successful cooperation, useful HubIT project findings and tools, and will offer a space for discussion between the participants.

The workshop is organized in the framework of the project HubIT – “The HUB for boosting the Responsibility and inclusiveness of ICT enabled Research and Innovation through constructive interactions with SSH research”, funded by the EU Horizon2020 Coordination and Support Action grant.
This event is for you if you are interested in:

  1. Societal and global challenges
  2. Risks and global challenges
  3. Interdisciplinary cooperation between SSH/ICT
  4. Responsible and ethical research

This workshop will take place on the 18th of September, 2018. During the Multi-conference RRI-SIS 2018.


10:00 – 10:20 – Dr. Rajesh Sharma. H2020 project SoBigData: cross-disciplinary research projects stories
10:20 – 10:55 – World café: Reasons, benefits for cooperating with ICT? Presentation and discussion
10:55 – 11:05 – BREAK
11:05 – 11:20 – Dr. Mihkel Solvak. Centre for IT Impact Studies (CITIS) and its activities
11:20 – 11:50 – World café: How to initiate cooperation with ICT research? How to “market yourself”? How to think about your research work in terms of potential cooperation with ICT? Presentation and discussion
11:50 – 12:00 – BREAK
12:00 – 12:15 – Dr. Emanuele Bardone. When philosophy meets technology. Arc of Inquiry project
12:15 – 12:45 – World café: What challenges in the world need to be solved by cooperation between ICT and SSH?
Presentation and discussion
12:45 – 13:00 – Conclusions
13:00 – 14:00 – Speed Dating session and networking cocktail


PEDAL is a partner in the HubIT project.