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Final Report - WONBIT (Women on Biotechnology Scientific and feminist approaches)

Project ID: 36675
Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY


The term 'biotechnology' refers to the use of living organisms or their products to modify human health and the human environment. Biotechnology represents a frontier area in scientific development and its importance goes from ethical to environmental and economic issues as is re-designing the possibilities of transforming life.

Society is increasingly asking to be timely informed about the actual scientific research and the institutional activities in research policies and decisions, since great expectations are counterbalanced by a feeling of uncertainty concerning not only safety but also a radical modification of cultural heritage, consolidated values and emotional identities.

The aim of the WONBIT project was to organise an international conference on the issue 'Women and biotechnologies'. The conference took place in Rome from 21 to 23 June. Which, according to the final report, was attended by a wide composition of women covering different geographical and cultural areas. In this sense the conference is a unique experience performed in this field and the expectation is to open up a way forward a better and deeper analysis of the impact of biotechnology in our contemporary society.

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