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Data & Ethics in times of the industrial revolution 4.0

2nd Transatlantic Conference

Call for Papers


Venue: Stift Klosterneuburg (Klosterneuburg, Austria)

Date: November 22-23, 2019

Proposal Submission Deadline: August 31, 2018

Submission email: [log in to unmask]


Department of Finance - University of Vienna

in cooperation with the

Saint Anselm College Center for Ethics in Business and Governance,

NH, USA, and the

University of St. Andrews Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance,

St. Andrews, Scotland,

announce a call for proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on


Data & Ethics in times of the industrial revolution 4.0


The accelerating digitalization brings up new challenges across various areas such economics, finance, medicine, biology, technology, or energy. These challenges come along with ethical questions that arise within affected disciplines, e.g. questions from cyber-security, privacy issues, job-security, shifts in economic frameworks, to technological progress in biology and the use of big data. Moreover, the tensions between efficiency, security and freedom are moving to the core of societal reform.

The goal of this conference is to bring together ethicists, economists, technological experts, and business leaders to comprehensively examine not only the political, economic and technological impact of big data, but also how big data can be used responsibly to the global benefit of society.

Suggested topics that a proposal could address include:

·         Big data and Privacy

·         Future of Fintech

·         Energy requirements / Sustainability of digitalization

·         Transhumanism

·         Basic income / Inter-generational contracts

·         Blockchain and Smart Contracts


Keynote speakers:

Ø  Alessandro Acquisti (Carnegie Mellon)

Ø  Sarah Spiekermann (WU Wien)


Specifics: Please submit an Abstract of max. 350 words.

We will accept proposals for individual presentations, entire panels (3-5 presentations per panel), or moderated roundtable discussions. Individual presentations at the conference will be 15-20 minutes. Proposals for panels should include a proposed title and brief explanation (50-100 words) of the panel along with abstracts for each presentation. Roundtables should include a title, a list of participants, and an explanation (up to 350 words) of the questions and issues the roundtable will address. All proposals may be submitted via email to [log in to unmask] . If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Christine Neumeyer at [log in to unmask]

Publication: Presenters at the conference will have the option of submitting their papers to Business Research (Springer) for a special issue devoted to Data & Ethics. Submitted papers will be subject to a double-blind, peer reviewed process. Guidelines for submitting papers for possible publication will be provided at the conference.

Deadlines: Proposals for individual presentations, panels, and roundtable discussions are due August 31, 2019. All individual presenters and panel presenters will be required to submit completed papers by November 1, 2019 (three weeks prior to the conference date).

Moderated roundtable discussion participants do not need to submit a paper.

More Information: The conference is hosted by the Department of Finance, University of Vienna, and supported by our partners at the Saint Anselm College Center for Ethics in Business and Governance and the St. Andrews Centre for Responsible Banking & Finance. For more information on the conference, please see the University of Vienna website.


ü  Prof. Thomas Gehrig, Ph.D., University of Vienna

ü  Dr. Maria-Chiara Iannino, University of St. Andrews

ü  Prof. Stephan Unger, St. Anselm College


Registration Fee:

Ø  There is no conference fee.

Ø  We have organized a guided tour through the monastery.

Ø  If you are interested, there will be an opportunity of wine-tasting in the spectacular cellars of the monastery. This event will be charged individually.

Ø  The conference covers the conference dinner for speakers. All others are expected to cover their own cost.

Ø  We will reserve options for accommodation at the conference site




Dina Frutos-Bencze, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Economics and Business

Joseph Hall-Room 210

Phone: 603-656-6177


Saint Anselm College

100 Saint Anselm Drive, Box #1692

Manchester, NH 03102-1310



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