Call for papers







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



The S.Net International Conference 2015 welcomes the submission of abstracts for oral presentations. Guidelines are the following :



  • 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

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)
  • Text
  • 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)



Please 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 :