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Biotechnology Ethics: deepening by research, broadening to future applications and new EU members, permeating education to young scientists.

Objective

Biotechnology Ethics is becoming a better-defined discipline in the realm of Bioethics, addressing ethical issues emerging from the application of sciences to biological advances and industrial technology. Ethics must keep abreast of the rapid scientific a nd technical developments, and this requires continuous research in philosophy and continuous dialogue with ice-breaking scientists. At the same time, the latter realize that only interdisciplinary studies can provide them with the judgement and decision-m aking capacity necessary for their societal role; therefore their need of BT-Ethics education grows exponentially. Tying research to teaching has been the goal of a strategic action spanning 2003-2005 and producing BT-Ethics courses aimed at PhD students i n Europe. Ten of the groups that have driven this progressively successful initiative propose now to expand their activity in several dimensions: a) towards emerging issues from new fields of biotechnological application ? e.g. in nano-neuro-and immunotech nologies, stem cell studies, GM food, human reproductive technologies, b) towards the extension towards new EU member states, c) toward the consolidation and continuity of the educational effort. For b) we rely on the membership of active research groups f rom Hungary, the Czech Republic and Lithuania; for a) and c) we can count on the partnership of EMBO, whose Science and Society Programme promotes balance discussions on molecular biology via a range of stimulating activities that support public communicat ion from scientists, and target natural disseminators such as teachers. The tools of this action are interdisciplinary encounters with scientists, annual courses located in the Eastern regions of Europe, electronic databases and publications; all activitie s will engage both the established group leaders and their students to make Biotechnology Ethics an essential element in the toolset needed to enhance the contribution to society well-being.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/molecular biology
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/cells technologies/stem cells
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/ethics/ethical principles

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SCIENCE-AND-SOCIETY-9
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Funding Scheme

CA - Coordination action
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI GENOVA
Address
Via Balbi 5
Genova
Italy

Participants (15)

DE NASJONALE FORSKNINGSETISKE KOMITEER
Norway
Address
Prinsensgate 18
Oslo
EUROPEAN MOLECULAR BIOLOGY ORGANIZATION
Germany
Address
Meyerhofstrasse 1
Heidelberg
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE AGRONOMIQUE
France
Address
Rue De L'université 147'
Paris
INSTITUTO DE BIOLOGIA MOLECULAR E CELULAR
Portugal
Address
Rua Do Campo Alegre 823
Porto
INTERNATIONAL FORUM FOR BIOPHILOSOPHY
Belgium
Address
Craenendonck 15
Leuven
LIETUVOS BIOETIKOS KOMITETAS
Lithuania
Address
Vilniaus G. 33-230
Vilnius
MAASTRICHT UNIVERSITY
Netherlands
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
Maastricht
MASARYKOVA UNIVERZITA V BRNO
Czechia
Address
Zerotinovo Nam. 9
Brno
ROSKILDE UNIVERSITY, DEPT. OF SOCIAL SCIENCE
Denmark
Address
Universitetsvej, 1
Roskilde
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
Address
Firth Court, Western Bank
Sheffield
THE UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
United Kingdom
Address
Surrey
Guildford
TUDÁSTÁRSADALOM KÖZHASZNÚ ALAPÍTVÁNY
Hungary
Address
Kacsóh P. Út 1.
Csömör
UNIVERSIDAD DE DEUSTO
Spain
Address
Av. Universidades 24
Bilbao
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI FIRENZE
Italy
Address
Piazza S.marco, 4
Firenze
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
Address
Senate House, Tyndall Avenue
Bristol