Webinar Ethical Reflection on Digital Technology for the Agri-Food Sector

Feeding the growing world population and producing safe and sustainable food is challenging. Digital technologies, such as AI, drones and robots could be a part of the solution. The acceptance levels with regard to data sharing, fairness and distribution of power however do raise questions. During this webinar experts will share their insights on how to create acceptance. Feel invited to listen, discuss with and learn from experts and peers.

Organised by WECR & Wageningen Academy

Tue 25 May 2021 16:00 to 17:30

Price Free

Registration deadline: closed

Why join this webinar?

Digital technologies for the agrifood sector (such as AI, robots, drones) often aim to address diverse societal challenges, such as feeding the growing world population and safe and sustainable food production. However, the acceptance levels of these technologies remain low. Often, users do not trust these technologies, as they raise questions on data sharing, fairness or the distribution of power. Structured dialogue and reflection on these questions can help respond to acceptance problems and help realise trustworthy technologies. With this interactive webinar we gladly share knowledge and vision on this topic.

For whom is this webinar?

This webinar is developed for professionals in the agrifood sector who recognize the acceptance of digital technologies as an issue. Are you interested in the topic, would you like to gain new insights? A discussion with experts and peers? Join the webinar. 

Outline and topics

In this webinar, our experts will provide an overview over ethical and societal questions raised about new digital technology for the agri-food sector. Participants will be invited to relate these questions to technologies developed in their own business or sector and reflect on how to answer them. They will get hints on what they can do to enhance trust in their technology. The following topics will be discussed:  

  • Different types of technologies and their benefits for agri-food
  • What are some of the potential issues?


The following Wageningen Economic Reseachers will share their expertise:

  • Dr. Simone van der Burg, Senior Researcher ethics and responsible research and innovation.
  • Dr. Mark Ryan, Digital Ethics Researcher.
  • Dr. Mieke Weegels, Group lead Innovation management, Risk Management and Information Governance.

    More information

    Questions? Contact Programme Manager Astrid K├╝hlkamp.