Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship (CSSC) – Until February 2014

  • WP 6 leader (Dissemination)
  • Contribution to WP 5 (Case studies) as ethics expert on ICT and security
  • www.cssc.eu


CSSC ‐ Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship ‐ is Europe’s leading independent research centre specializing in advice on political, ethical and social issues raised by emerging technologies. CSSC is registered as a private research centre by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. Since 2008 CSSC has been a member of the Platform of the Fundamental Right Agency (FRA) of the European Union. CSSC serves as a scientific secretariat of the Italian Biometric Platform, a technology platform set up in 2011 under the aegis of the Italian Ministry of Research and Technology.

CSSC has pioneered research on ethical and policy implications of emerging technologies in the field of ICT for ageing, e‐Inclusion, biometrics, security, identification technology. CSSC carries out its work in several ways, including studies, publications, training, and coordination of multicentre research projects. Since 2002 CSSC has participated in 20 EC funded projects (coordinating 7 of them).

Emilio-Mordini-CSSCProf. Emilio Mordini is a Psychiatrist and Philosopher. He has been formerly trained as a psychoanalyst and was partner of the Psychoanalytic Institute for Social Research (1986‐2001). From 1994 to 2006 Emilio taught bioethics in the Medical School of the University “La Sapienza” of Rome and served as a scientific secretary of the Bioethical Commission of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). Focusing his efforts on creating an international research centre devoted to ethical, political and social implications of emerging technologies, in 2002 Emilio founded the Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship (CSSC), that he is currently chairing.

Emilio has participated either as a partner or a coordinator in a number of international collaborative projects funded by the European Commission and by the NATO Science for Peace Program. He is currently coordinating the European Commission funded projects PACT and TELL ME. Emilio is a member of the management committee of the COST Action IC1106 Integrating Biometrics and Forensics for the Digital Age, where he chairs the Working Group 6 on ethical and societal implications, and a member of the management committee of the COST Action IC1206 De‐identification for privacy protection in multimedia content. He serves as a member of the CEN/TC224/WG18 on Biometrics; and he is member of the coordination group of the Integrated Mission Group on Security (ISM‐G) where he chairs the Technology Area 3 (Ethics, Human Factors, and Society). Emilio also chairs the Ethical and Privacy Committee of the European Association of Biometrics. Emilio has extensively published in academic peer reviewed publications, and edited 14 books. His most recent publications include (ed. with D.Tzovaras) Second Generation Biometrics: the Ethical and Social Context, Springer‐ Verlag:Berlin:2012 and Ethics and Politics of Concealment in the Global Information Society, Springer‐Verlag:Berlin: in press

Bruno-Turnheim-CSSCDr Bruno Turnheim is currently a research fellow at the Centre of Science, Society and Citizenship (CSSC) where he works on a number of European projects related to the ethical and societal aspects of science and technology. He is also a visiting fellow at SPRU (University of Sussex), one of the world-leading research departments focussed on studying the rate and direction of scientific change and innovation, the promotion and management of innovation, the regulation of technological risks, the search for effective energy policies and paths to a more sustainable society.

Bruno holds a PhD in Science and Technology Policy Research from SPRU (University of Sussex), an MSc. in Industrial Ecology from Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden), and an MSc. Eng. from Ecole des Mines de Douai (France).

Bruno has been involved in a number of European research projects. His research has been focussing on areas related to long‐term socio‐technical change, innovation, sustainable transitions, and the role of normative problems in science and technology trajectories more broadly. His multidisciplinary expertise stems for the combination of technical education and literacy with advanced studies in the social sciences.

Dimitris-Dimitriou-CSSCDimitris Dimitriou holds an MSc in Health Psychology (City University of London) and an MSc in Environmental Psychology (University of Surrey). He served as researcher for the British Standards Institution (BSi) in London for more than six years (2004 – 2011). Since 2011, Dimitris has been serving as a researcher in the Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship (CSSC), investigating issues relevant to technological interventions for health and psychosocial well‐being in ageing, as well as public perception and response to large-scale emergencies.

Patrizio-R-DellAnna-CSSCDr Patrizio Romano Dell’Anna  is an Industrial and Organizational Psychologist, specialized in web communication, user interface design, usability and accessibility of web applications. Patrizio is currently a consultant for the Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship (CSSC). From 2008, he has been responsible for technical and design curation for the Center’s website and involved in design and development of a number of European projects’ websites. In the scope of Progress WP6 Dissemination he is in charge for the project website development, content curation and user access administration.