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Jacques Berleur

Jacques Berleur


Institut d'Informatique
Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix
Rue Grandgagnage, 21
B - 5000 - Namur (Belgium)
Voice: +32 81 72 49 76
Fax: +32 81 72 49 67
Email: jberleur@info.fundp.ac.be
Born: July 22 1938


Jacques Berleur is professor at the Computer Science Faculty of the University of Namur (Belgium) since 1972, where he specializes in "Computers and Rationality" as well as in "Computers and Society" and in "Ethics of Computing".

His research interests include epistemology of computing, technology assessment in the field of development and use of information and communication technology, social informatics, as well as ethics of computing. He is co-director of CITA (Cellule Interfacultaire de Technology Assessment), an interdisciplinary research team specialized in the assessment of information and communication technology.

He has been President of his University, a Jesuit University, for 9 years (1984-1993) and European advisor near the Jesuit Advisory Committee for Higher and University Education of the Society of Jesus in Rome (1994-1997).

He is also active in the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP), namely in its Technical Committee 9, "Relationships between Computers and Society", since its creation (1976), where he is the Belgian representative, and has chaired one of its Working Group, WG9.2., on "Social Accountability" (1990-96). He has also been called to chair its Ethics Task Group, set up by the IFIP General Assembly (1992-94), now become a special interest group, IFIP-SIG9.2.2 "IFIP Framework on Ethics". He got the IFIP Outstanding Service Award (1988) and the IFIP Silver Core (1992).

He has been involved as Belgian expert in several projects at the Commission of the European Communities including the FAST Programme (Forecasting and Assessment for Science and Technology) and the MONITOR Programme (1989-93) and co-authored the first "Science and Technology Assessment Report" to the European Parliament. He is co-founder of the European Association for Society, Science and Technology (ESST), a consortium of fifteen European Universities which has created common Master curricula in "Society, science and technology".

He is corresponding member of "Académie Européenne des Sciences, des Arts et des Lettres", Paris, since 1993.

He is author of approx. 200 papers and has authored and co-edited several books including:


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