The S.NET annual conference 2014 comes to Karlsruhe [27.11.2013]

At its last meeting in October 2013 in Boston, the "Society for the Study of Nanoscience and Emerging Technologies" (S.NET) has awarded ITAS to host its next annual conference. The society which was founded six years ago sees itself as a platform on which researchers from different scientific communities as well as representatives of policymaking, public administration and from CSOs exchange about the social and political perspectives of present and potential future key technologies. In its early days, the main part of the program has been shaped by the US National Science Foundation’s Centers for nanotechnology in society as well as by similar organizations from Europe, Asia and South America. More recently, a significant expansion of the topics has occurred - on the one hand by opening up the program for other "emerging technologies" such as synthetic biology, neurotechnologies or geoengineering, on the other hand, by a broader discussion of concepts like participatory technology assessment or "responsible innovation". It is also a goal of the organizers to open space for forms of deliberation other than scientific discussions, for instance for artistic approaches to the topics mentioned above.

The event in Karlsruhe will take place from the 21st to the 24th of September, 2014 at the Campus South of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. An official Call for Panel Proposals and a Call for Papers will be published towards the end of this year. Nethertheless, ideas for the conference program can already be sent to the organizing committee via Torsten Fleischer.

Personal homepage: Torsten Fleischer