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
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Funding SchemeCA - Coordination action