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Posted: March 12, 2009

Size matters: Facing the ethical challenges of nanotechnology

(Nanowerk News) Nanotechnology is penetrating many areas of our daily lives at incredible speed, opening up new horizons of expectation and hope. At the same time, it is raising questions which affect our individual self-conception and that of our society. Will nanotechnology change our future: coexistence, the work and consumer environment, social security systems? And to what extent are we prepared to accept such change?
Ethical questions are at the centre of four topic modules
  • Naturalness - How is nanotechnology changing human existence?
  • Reality and vision - nano between fact and fiction?
  • Integrity issues - high tech for everybody?
  • Regulatory requirements - At what point should the state become involved in technological development?
  • From June 17-18, 2009 in Saarbrücken, Germany, prominent experts will be discussing these issues at the SIZE MATTERS 2009 conference from the perspective of the natural sciences, medicine, philosophy, theology and law.
    Opening talks
    Dr. Christian Ege, secretary of state of the ministry of economics and science of the Saarland Jochen Flackus, NanoBioNet chairman
    Naturalness issues
    Dr. Donald Bruce, managing director Edinethics Ltd., UK Prof. Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., University of Connecticut, School of Medicine, USA
    Feasibility and vision
    Christine Peterson, Vizepresident Foresight Institute, Palo Alto, USA Prof. Dr. Dieter Sturma, Institute for science and ethics, Bonn
    Distributive justice issues
    Prof. Dr. Dr. Dietmar von der Pfordten, chair in philosophy of law and social philosophy, Georg-August University, Göttingen
    Regulation needs
    Dr. Dr. Tade Matthias Spranger, Institut für Wissenschaft und Ethik, Bonn Walter J. Schulz-Schaeffer, M.D., Prion and Dementia Research Unit, Georg-August University, Göttingen
    Source: NanoBioNet