Societal challenges and Sustainability
Aspects of sustainability, psychological acceptance and ethical approval will be an important driver of the work done in livMatS. Research and development are carried out in constant, concurrent reflection of the sustainability of the applied approaches. At the same time, questions of societal acceptance and the philosophical clarification of traditional notions of what is considered “natural”, “artificial”, “living” or “inanimate” have an important impact on an appropriate public perception. This is because living materials systems are linked to certain attitudes and preconceptions in both, science and society.
The development of living materials systems will be part of a responsible scientific and technical progress in the Anthropocene, the current era in the history of the Earth dominated by human impact on life and inanimate nature. Instead of first completing the technological development and then analyzing the implications for society, livMatS will closely interweave technology development with sustainability assessments, behavioral analyses regarding acceptance, and the philosophical-ethical discourse on the interplay between human control and autonomy of systems. For this purpose, livMatS connects experts from the natural and engineering sciences with those from sustainability research, psychology, philosophy, and ethics. The aim is to meet people's demands for future-oriented environmental and energy technologies.