NWO Veni grant for Massimiliano Simons

Massimiliano Simons

For his project ‘Towards an Ecology of Technoscience’, assistant professor Massimiliano Simons has been awarded an NWO Veni grant of 280.000EUR.

This project mobilises a central idea within French philosophy of technology, namely that every technology can only function within certain environments, in order to shed new light on contemporary technosciences (synthetic biology, robotics, AI). Hence, the scientific question of what kind of applications we want to develop, also becomes a societal question of which technoscientific environments we find acceptable to live in. Through a set of case studies, mapping their commonalities and differences, this project aims to propose a framework that can study technosciences simultaneously at a technical and societal level.