From nanotechnologies to emerging technologies; towards a global responsibility
S.Net Conference 2015, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
October 18-21, 2015
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.
The national and international communities are working toward various forms of assessment and regulation, as these should be necessary conditions for a sustainable development of new technologies. Some countries seem to have adopted a wait-and-see approach, which is often detrimental to the national responsibility of the state and the development of emerging technologies. Often, the general public is kept in the dark as to matters of social, environmental and economic concerns.
Furthermore, a lack of regulation, geographic variability in rules and regulations and the outsourcing of innovation are raising concerns with international responsibility as regards to new technologies.The aim of this international conference is to initiate thought-provoking discussion on the sustainable and responsible development of nanotechnology and other emerging technologies. The conference will explore the following themes within an international and multidisciplinary framework at the plenary sessions;
The role of the state in assessing, framing and applying public policies on nanotechnologies and emerging technologies
Representations, applications and impacts of nanotechnologies and emerging technologies in the fields of energy, health, food and agriculture
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
GUIDELINES FOR ABSTRACT SUBMISSION
The S.Net International Conference 2015 welcomes the submission of abstracts for oral presentations. Guidelines are the following :
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
- Presentations must be made in English.
- The topic may be relevant to one of the subthemes described above, but S.Net is also open to any contribution which fit in the general theme of the conference.
- Submitted papers should indicate which subtheme is revelant.
- Presentations will typically be 20 minutes, followed by a 10 minutes question period. Note however that S.Net is open to proposals for other non-traditional contributions, such as roundtables, panel debate, workshop etc. In such a case, please specify the lenght of the contribution and, if applicable, how many participants can be included in the event.
Abstracts must be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Those submitted by any other means will not be considered
Closing date : all submissions must be received by June 8, 2015
Please note that the call for papers has been extended until July 3, 2015
Cover letter : please attach a cover letter specifying :
Corresponding author : full name, adress, telephone number, fax (if applicable), and email adress
A short one-paragraph bio for each author, indicating relevant expertise and interest in the topic (Themes for which the presentation is relevant should be listed here).
Format : Word file
Language : English
Word count : maximum 400 words
Structured as follows :
- Author(s) (last name, first name)
- Title of the presentation
- Author affiliations (institution, country)
- 3-5 keywords
- Font : standard font to prevent special characters from getting lost, e.g. Arial or Times New Roman, 12 points
In submitting an abstract, the author(s) agree that the abstract may be published among other documents associated with the S.Net International Conference 2015, Montreal, Canada
Submissions will be evaluated by an international, multidisciplinary scientific committee
Principal criteria for selection will be :
- Quality of the abstract
- Relevance to the general themes and, more specificially, to the subthemes described in the Theme section
Corresponding author(s) will be notified of acceptance by July 15th, 2015
Authors whose abstracts are selected are expected to pay their registration fees by August 28th, 2015 at the lattest
Click on this link to download the list of the members of the International Scientific Committee in Word format: (Coming Soon)
FOR FURTHER INFORMATIONSPlease contact : Jimmy Voisine Ne3LS Network Faculté de Philosophie Université Laval Pavillon Félix-Antoine Savard 2325, rue des bibliothèques, office 428 Quebec, Qc, G1V 0A6 Telephone : (418)-656-2131 ext.: 3816 Email : email@example.com