HubIT SSH Workshop - Bridging the Gap between Social Sciences/Humanities and ICT

09 July 2018

HubIT SSH Workshop
18 September 2018 - Science Centre AHHAA in Tartu, Estonia


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 1st Annual Conference 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:

  • Societal and global challenges
  • Risks and ethics in ICT research
  • Interdisciplinary cooperation between SSH/ICT
  • Responsible and ethical research

Programme of the 1st Annual conference including the SSH Workshop

08:30 - 09:00 - Registrations

09:00 - 09:15 - Presentation on the role of SSH in ICT and ensuring its responsibility
A speech talk by an invited guest speaker
  • Policy level aspects of RRI
  • SSH aspects of RRI
  • ICT aspects of RRI
09:15 - 09:35 - Introduction of the HubIT project
09:35 - 10:00 - The HubIT findings
  • Introduction to the European Framework Model of Responsible Research and Innovation
  • Overview of the FM tools and demo session
SSH Workshop (beginning)
10:00 - 10:20 - Rajesh Sharma, PhD. H2020 project SoBigData: cross-disciplinary research projects stories
10:20 - 11:55 - World café: What global challenges can be solved through the cooperation between ICT and SSH? What role can SSH play in solving specific global challenges (climate change, migration, future of work, etc.)?
10:55 - 11:10 - BREAK
11:10 - 11:25 - Mihkel Solvak, PhD. Centre for IT Impact Studies (CITIS) and its activities
11:25 - 12:00 - World café: What challenges and risks arising from the field of ICT research can be solved with the help of SSH?
12:00 - 12:15 - BREAK
12:15 - 12:30 - Emanuele Bardone, PhD. When philosophy meets technology. Arc of Inquiry project
12:30 - 13:05 - 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? 
13:05 - 13:15 - Conclusions
SSH Workshop (ending)
13:15 - 14:00 - General lunch

14:00 - 15:00 - Speed Dating session and networking cocktail


For further information contact Olena Nedozhogina (olena.nedozhogina@ut.ee).

Our Speakers

Emanuele Bardone

  Emanuele Bardone

  PhD, Senior Research Fellow in   Educational Technology, Institute of   Education, University of Tartu

Mihkel Solvak   Mihkel Solvak

  PhD, Head of the Centre for IT Impact Studies (CITIS), Johan Skytte   Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu





Rajesh Sharma

  Rajesh Sharma

  PhD, H2020 SoBigData, Senior Research Fellow in Information Systems,   Institute of Computer Science, University of Tartu


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