August-September 2018

Kicking of Fall Semester 2018

After a long and warm summer, ETHOS Lab is back, and we welcome all new students and faculty to ITU!

New people join ETHOS Lab as well, namely our Lab Assistant. We are also still recruiting new Junior Researchers (deadline for application Friday 14 September), and we have already welcomed a few, who will be featured in next month's newsletter. Last semester's Junior Researchers are graduating and living #lifeafteritu. They will be publishing blogposts about their research projects on the ETHOS blog Metadata throughout the semester.

In September, we have several events happening, among others a hackathon, a workshop and a datasprint. Read more about these events below.

All the best,



Laboratory Life: New Lab Assistant

We are thrilled to announce that Bertil Ipsen has joined ETHOS Lab as our Lab Assistant. He has a BSc in Techno-Anthropology from Aalborg University in Copenhagen, and is now studying Social Anthropology at Lund University, while working in ETHOS Lab on research projects, organising events, and managing laboratory life in 3A30. He will be around ITU and the lab mainly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so do come say hi. Welcome, Bertil!


Teaching: Visual Vignettes Workshop

In collaboration with Mascha Gugganig of the Munich Centre for Technology in Society at TU Munich, ETHOS Lab will be hosting a Visual Vignettes workshop. The workshop is a one day event focused on the combination of text and images for the purposes of ethnographic analysis and research communication. Sign up via email to (by 21 September) including up to 100 words on the topic you work on and why it is suited to the workshop. The selection of some ethnographic materials to work with during the event is necessary preparation. Places are limited to 12.

When: 26 September 2018, 10:00-17:00
Where: ETHOS Lab (3A30), IT University of Copenhagen

Read more here.


Laboratory Life:

New Head of TiP

The Technologies in Practice research group has a new Head of Group. Rachel Douglas-Jones, who is also Co-Head of ETHOS Lab, will be taking over from Brit Winthereik (Co-Founder of ETHOS Lab). We look forward to continue working closely with the Technologies in Practice research group. You can read more about Rachel and her research and research interests here and hereCongratulations!



Future of AI and Ethical Guidelines Hackathon

ETHOS Lab and affiliated researchers have collaborated with the Association of Nordic Engineers and Ingeniørforeningen IDA in designing a hackathon, centered around the highly topical issue of artificial Intelligence and ethics. Engineers and experts are invited to voice their opinion and influence the development of the EU artificial intelligence ethical framework, the draft of which will be published by the European Commission at the end of 2018.

The outcome of the event will be a policy document and a set of guidelines reflecting the collective view of Nordic engineers on artificial intelligence and ethics. The particular focus will be on how to change engineering education and engineering processes used today, by starting with the assumption that ethics and responsibility are at the core of any engineering practice.



#techplomacy datasprint

On the 28 September and 2  October, the Data as Relation research team will be working with ETHOS Lab on a datasprint around the hashtag #techplomacy. As part of Subproject 3 of the Data as Relation project, Locating the Dataverse, led by Postdoc James Maguire, the visualisation and analysis of the #techplomacy hashtag will explore the work that the neologism does in building relations between the Danish state and the Tech industry.

As a digital methods initiative in combination with ethnographic work, the datasprint will produce data visualisations which are empirically informed and critically analysed. The Data as Relation project members will present the resulting analyses to the Danish Embassy in Silicon Valley in December 2018.


Other News

• Did you know that you can check out availability and activities in the lab by requesting to see in your outlook calendar view? Otherwise, we also try to create an overview here.

• Job: The Danish Association of Science and Technology Studies (DASTS) is looking for someone adept at Wordpress to help with an update of the DASTS website, including surveying if a redesign is necessary. If you have Wordpress skills and are interested, contact ETHOS Lab Manager Simy Kaur Gahoonia at

•  Academic sparring | If you are interested in joining the TiP-Salon for academic readings and diuscussions, the meet-up is every Wednesday in 3A08 @ 12-13:00. Please contact Baki Cakici ( to be added to the mailing-list for details or to suggest content.

• Videos from former publicETHOS events 

• Opening hours are Tuesday and Thursday at 12.30-16:00 in 3A30