Posted: April 7, 2009

Facing the ethical challenges of nanotechnology - Size Matters 2009

(Nanowerk News) Nanotechnology is penetrating many areas of our daily lives at a high speed, opening up new horizons of expectation and hope. At the same time, it is raising questions which affect our conceptions of both individual and societal existence.
In what way will nanotechnology affect social life, the working and consumer environment, and our welfare systems? And to what extent are we prepared to accept such changes?
Prominent experts will be discussing these issues at the SIZE MATTERS 2009 conference (June 17-18, 2009 in Saarbrücken, Germany) 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,
Reality and vision: Christine Peterson, Vice president Foresight Institute, Palo Alto, USA, Prof. Dr. Dieter Sturma, chair of philosophy at the University of Bonn, director of the Institute for science and ethics (IWE) Bonn, the German Reference Centre for ethics in the life sciences and of the Institute of science and ethics in neuroscience (For-schungszentrum Jülich)
Distributive justice issues: Prof. Dr. Dr. Dietmar von der Pfordten, chair in philosophy of law and social philosophy, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Prof. Dr. Armin Grunwald, Institute for Technology Assessment and System Analysis (ITAS), Karlsruhe
Regulation needs: Dr. habil. Dr. Tade Matthias Spranger, head of the Junior Research Group "Norm-Setting in the Modern Life Sciences" at the Institute for science and ethics, Bonn, Walter J. Schulz-Schaeffer, M.D., Prion and Dementia Research Unit, Georg-August University, Göttingen, Prof. Dr. Alfred Nordmann, Institute for Philosophy, Technical University Darmstadt, Office for Inter-disciplinary NanoTechnology Studies
Source: NanoBioNet
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