Data and Ethics: Second Transatlantic Conference

Dates: November 22 - 23, 2019
Location: The University of Vienna, Austria

Call for Proposals

The Department of Finance at the University of Vienna, in cooperation with the Saint Anselm College Center For Ethics in Business and Governance (CEBG) and the University of St. Andrews Centre for Responsible Banking and FInance (CRBF) in Scotland, announces a call for proposals for an interdisciplinary conference on data and 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.

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 If you have any questions about the conference, please contact Christine Neumeyer

Suggested topics for proposal include:

  • Big data and Privacy
  • Future of Fintech
  • Energy requirements / Sustainability of digitalization
  • Transhumanism
  • Basic income / Inter-generational contracts
  • Blockchain and Smart Contracts

There will be addresses made by our keynote speakers Alessandro Acquisti (Carnegie Mellon) and Sarah Spiekermann (WU Wein).

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.


  • Prof. Thomas Gehrig, Ph.D., University of Vienna
  • Dr. Maria-Chiara Iannino, University of St. Andrews
  • Prof. Stephan Unger, Saint Anselm College

Proposal Deadlines

October 1, 2019: Proposals for individual presentations, panels, and roundtable discussions are due
November 1, 2019: All individual presenters and panel presenters will be required to submit completed papers (three weeks prior to the conference)
*Moderated roundtable discussion participants do not need to submit a paper


  • There is no conference fee. 
  • There will be a guided tour through the monastery. 
  • 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.
  • The conference covers the conference dinner for speakers. All others are expected to cover their own cost. 
  • The organizations will reserve options for accommodation at the conference site.

     University of St. Andrews logo       RBF logo      Uni_Logo_2016.jpg