S.Net 2015: From nanotechnologies to emerging technologies; towards a global responsibility

Nanotechnology and other emerging technologies are rapidly evolving in the worldwide context of globalization. Yet very limited national and international frameworks have emerged for assesment, regulation and governance of new technologies. This phenomenon may be explained by several factors: a priorization of economic responsibilities over those of health and environment; diversity of materials and their properties; complexity of risk assessment (ex. NBIC); differing expectations of economic impact; strategic partnerships between universities, industry, and government; conflicting politico-economic agendas; a race toward innovation and patent application.

In this call of papers, the S.Net 2015 Conference is now inviting the submission of abstracts to explore the following themes around nanotechnologies and emerging technologies:

  • Scientific and social assessment of emerging technologies for a sustainable society
  • Responsible research and innovation in a global context
  • Emerging technologies in energy, food and agriculture
  • Safety research; from occupational health to ecohealth
  • The economics, politics and ethics of innovation
  • Emerging technologies and the future; narratives, visions and practices
  • Governance and regulation; international and North-South perspective
  • Innovation and the military complex

More information at: http://www.ne3ls.ca/s-net-conference-2015/call-for-papers/?lang=en