The SIENNA project

The SIENNA project addressed ethical issues in three new and emerging technology areas: human genomics, human enhancement and human-machine interaction. These areas all come with major socio-economic impact. They also raise issues related to human rights.

Our ethical analysis is based on research and informed by stakeholders. We have worked to identify and assess ethical issues and risks and produce three ethical frameworks: one for each technology area. Based on these frameworks, we have developed tools for the ethical management of new and emerging technologies. research ethics protocols and professional ethical codes. For a quick introduction to the project we suggest you watch this clip:

Results from the SIENNA project

We have published a series of policy briefs, that build on deliverable reports from the project. We have also published our work in scientific journals, and researchers will continue to publish on these topics. Too busy to read reports? We have summarised our take-home messages in a two minute video:


The SIENNA project - Stakeholder-informed ethics for new technologies with high socio-economic and human rights impact - has received funding under the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 741716.


The SIENNA project is coordinated by the University of Twente (Netherlands).Trilateral Research (United Kingdom) is deputy coordinator. The project has 11 partners and 1 associate partner from Europe, Asia, Africa and America.

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