How to track and trace responsibly?

How to make technologies of tracking and tracing ethical and sustainable?

Hybrid WG 4 Meeting

Dates: 30 June – 1 July 2023

Venue: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography, Ilica 242, HR-10000 Zagreb

Following on from the capacity building of WG4 and the promotion of commonalities identified at the exploratory workshop in Exeter and the training school in Ancona, this meeting will provide an opportunity for members of WG to apply the skills developed at the capacity building event to consolidate the interdisciplinary dialogue. The planned outcome will be a policy-relevant edited volume/special issue. It will include recommendations on how to use new technologies to address global challenges (e.g. climate change, ensuring global transparency in governance) in a responsible and sustainable way (e.g. tools to identify AI-enabled (fake) images or the introduction of smart collection of "track-and-trace" data to ensure that privacy is respected). Members will benefit from the opportunity to synergise and reconcile disciplinary differences to advance a book or special issue project. The event is focused on solving future global problems using historical data/traces and is a good place to establish best practises that facilitate meaningful interdisciplinary discussions, especially between applied scientists and professionals in the arts or humanities. The event will provide a forward-looking, discipline-neutral framework for synthesising different visions for the responsible use of traces and new technologies. The meeting will also include ideas and discussions on a new toolkit for the use of technologies in traces, which will be coordinated by WG4. The event will contribute to Research Coordination Objectives 1, 2, 3 and 5, and Capacity Building Objective 2 (see Memorandum of Understanding for more information).

Coordinated by leaders of the WG4: Dr Nikita Chiu and Dr Ivan Sulc

Host and local organizer: Dr Ivan Sulc, Assistant Professor, University of Zagreb, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography

9 - 10 December 2022 in Ancona, Italy

Following WG4's Exeter workshop in June, we have the pleasure to bring the group's first Training School to Ancona – a port city steeped in a history of applying science and technology in policy and governance.

Trainers and trainees will benefit from this rare opportunity to learn from technology professionals who have extensive experience bringing diverse sectors together to advance a more inclusive, responsible, and sustainable future with technology.

The working speaker list includes experts from the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Gravitational Observatory (EGO), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and Università Politecnica delle Marche.

As part of the event, the trainees will visit Mole Vanvitelliana – a 18th century pentagonal structure in Ancona built on an artificial island for quarantine purposes. Commissioned by Pope Clement XII, the premise is a "living" trace of humans' history in applying technology into policy.

The structure hosts the State Tactile Homer Museum, a unique institution that traces the past through tactile objects and the sense of touch. It enables the visitors, including those with visual impairments, to share the journey of tracing as a multisensory process. The site of the training school reflects the WG's distinct priorities in promoting inclusivity and applying science and technology into practice.

The initial call for abstracts/EOI has closed for WG4. If you are interested in joining the reserve list or online participation, please contact with the title "WG4 TRACTS Ancona".

Image by Claudio.stanco - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

17 June, Exeter, UK
WG4 Meeting on “Technologies and traces of memories” 

This interdisciplinary workshop kicked off the activities of WG4 on traces and technology. It included interdisciplinary presentations exploring the interplay between memory practices and technological advances. The workshop was organised by dr Nikita Chiu, Senior Lecturer in Innovation Policy at SITE, University of Exeter. #tractsresearch