Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society will feature plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations, by researchers and practitioners.

Dr. Javier Echeverria Alfonso Unceta
Diana Franco Eguren Jordi Vilaseca-Requena
Karim Gherab-Martin Langdon Winner
Fco. Javier Cáceres Núñez

Garden Conversations

Plenary Speakers will make formal 30-minute presentations. They will also participate in 60-minute Garden Conversations – unstructured sessions that allow delegates a chance to meet the speakers and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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Local Organizer

Alfonso Unceta
Mr. Alfonso Unceta has a PhD in Political Science and Sociology, and he is also Head Professor of Sociology at the University of the Basque Country. He has participated in over thirty research projects and external contracts. He has authored more than forty publications (books, collective books and articles in magazines). His main lines of work are Innovation, Education and Governance. Since 2007 he has been the Director of the Master Course in Management of Innovation and Knowledge. Today he is also Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Communication. He was the Director of Universities and Deputy Councilor for Education of the Basque Government.

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Javier Echeverria
Javier Echeverria, graduated in Philosophy (1970) and Mathematics (1970) and Ph.D. in Philosophy (1975) at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid (Spain). In 1980, he obtained the grade of Docteur d’Etat-ès Lettres et Sciences Humaines, at the Université Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), in Paris (France). He engaged as associate professor in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain), at Arquitecture and Telecommunications studies (1972-74). Afterwards, he staged in research Centers in Paris (France), Brussels (Belgium), Hannover (Germany) and Urbana-Champaign (Illinois, USA). Since 1979 to 1986 he was Professor at the Universidad del País Vasco (Spain) and Full Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the same University, in San Sebastian (Spain) since 1986 to 1996. As for the first October, 1996, he became Research Professor of “Science, Technology and Society” Area at the Instituto de Filosofía of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC, Madrid, Spain). He was President of the Sociedad de Lógica, Metodología y Filosofía de la Ciencia, in Spain (1993-2000), Vicepresident of the Sociedad Española de Historia de las Ciencias (1983-85) and Member of the Directing Council of the Fundación Española de Ciencia y Tecnología (FECYT, 2002-2005). He is Member of the International Academy of the Philosophy of Science and Vicepresident of the Sociedad Española Leibniz.

He won the 1997 Research Prize Euskadi de Investigación in the Humanities and the Social Sciences, granted by the Basque Government to a lifelong research work. In 1995 he obtained the Anagrama Essay Prize and in 2000 the Spanish National Essay Prize, granted by the Spanish Ministry of Culture. His major research areas of interest are the Philosophy of Science and Technology, Science and Values, Ethics of Science, Science, Technology and Society Studies, New Technologies of Information and Communication, and Leibniz.


Diana Franco Eguren
Diana Franco Eguren is an entrepreneur from Durango (Basque Country) who is currently co-creating the Social Sound project with the musician Fabian Sounds. This project aims to facilitate knowledge transfer through experience using interactive audiovisual technology. Diana also works with Innobasque, the Basque Innovation Agency at two of its Dynamics: Enhancing Entrepreneurship and The 4th Sector. The first one was created to identify high growth potential ventures using the Knowledge from Innobasque partner network. At the 4th Sector Dynamic she supports a group that in short time wants to analyze and systematize the processes of the innovative social entrepreneurship from the co-creation of real social start ups, and in the long-term the group wants  to develop a system in the Basque Country to suport new innovative social startups, an example of an space for social entrepreneurs can be Eutokia. Also collaborate with Koopera Social Network in their 2.0 strategy. She has a Master of Knowledge and Innovation Management by the Basque Public University and Bachelor in Business Administration and Management by the Basque Public University.

Fco. Javier Cáceres Núñez
Fco. Javier Cáceres was born in San Sebastian (Spain) and since his graduation in engineering has devoted most of his professional career to innovation management and advanced business promotion both in local and global markets.

Mr. Cáceres has been R &D Director in a Spanish fluid mechanics equipment factory; worked for General Electric Plastics BV; was the General Manager of the Basque Cluster of Electronic, Telecoms and Software industry;  General Manager of a Mexican telecom services company and Corporative Director of Innovation in a Spanish electronics firm.

Currently, Mr. Cáceres has his own consultancy company in applied innovation and is the General Manager of the Spanish Association of the Industry of Science, INEUSTAR.

He received the 2007 Félix Zulueta prize for services to the TIC sector in the Basque Country and is active in the board of different committees and think-tanks in the field of innovation, science and industrial promotion.

Mr. Cáceres is a senior consultant in different regional and international projects. Most are related to advanced technologies, cluster and regional promotion. He is also the author of a variety of studies and frequent speaker on these topics.


Karim Gherab-Martin
Dr. Karim Gherab-Martin is a physicist and philosopher of science and technology. For the 2008 and 2009 academic years, he was in Cambridge, USA, as a visiting scholar in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University, and he has been appointed as a visiting scholar in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for the academic year 2010-2011. His previous experience includes teaching History of Science at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid.

His research interests focus on the History and Philosophy of Physics, as well as on Science and Technology Studies. Among other writings, he co-authored a book now being published in English entitled ‘The New Temple of Knowledge: Towards a Universal Digital Library’. He also edited a monograph in the periodical Arbor entitled ‘Science and Culture on the Web’.


Jordi Vilaseca-Requena
Jordi Vilaseca-Requena holds a PhD and a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Barcelona University, and a Master in Public Policy from the United Nations. He is full professor in Applied Economics at the Barcelona University. He has been Director of the Economics and Business Studies, Vicerector and General Secretary at the Open University of Catalunya (UOC). In terms of research, he is the director of the research group of the New Economy Observatory (ONE). This research group is integrated into the Interdisciplinary Internet Institute (IN3-UOC), which is currently developing several research projects concerning the ICTs and firms, the knowledge economy and society. He is widely published in the areas of world economics, economic integration processes and the knowledge economy. Professor Vilaseca was a member of the Labour, Economic and Social Council of Catalunya and advisor to the Statistical Institute of Catalunya. He is a counsellor of various institutions and a member of the editorial board of several magazines and editorials. He also has extensive television, radio and journals experience. He has been President of 4 companies developing projects about knowledge management.

Langdon Winner
Langdon Winner is a political theorist who focuses upon social and political issues that surround modern technological change. He is the author of Autonomous Technology, a study of the idea of “technology-out-of-control” in modern social thought, The Whale and The Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology, and editor of Democracy in a Technological Society. Mr. Winner is past president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology, and his views on social, political and environmental issues appear regularly in Tech Knowledge Revue, published in the on-line journal “NetFuture”.

Praised by The Wall Street Journal as “The leading academic on the politics of technology”, Mr. Winner was born and raised in San Luis Obispo, California. He received his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is Professor of Political Science in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York. He has also taught at The New School for Social Research, M.I.T., College of the Atlantic, the University of California at Santa Cruz, and the University of Leiden in the Netherlands, and has lectured widely throughout the United States and Europe. In 1991-1992 he was visiting research fellow at the Center for Technology and Culture at the University of Oslo, Norway.  During the spring semester of 2001, he will be Hixon-Riggs Visting Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California.

A sometime rock critic, he was contributing editor at Rolling Stone in the late 1960s and early 1970s and has contributed articles on rock and roll to The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and The Encylopaedia Britannica. At present he is doing research and writing on a book about the politics of design in the contexts of engineering, architecture and political theory. Another book, a collection of essays on technology and human experience, is also underway.