Follow-up Conference to the 8th Ordinary Session of COMEST on Emerging Ethical Issues in Science and Technology

After its 8th Ordinary Session (27-29 May 2013), the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST), in conjunction with the Slovak National Commission for UNESCO, organized a conference on Emerging Ethical Issues in Science and Technology in Brastislava, Slovakia, from 30 to 31 May 2013.

On the basis of the past work of COMEST and its partners, the conference reflected on state-of-the-art issues in science and technology, from nanotechnology to information ethics. Ethical and social challenges in the field were discussed. Participants also examined how new technologies can contribute to sustainable development.

Participants included COMEST members, experts from UNESCO, International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), and local experts.

The conference focused on the following themes:

  • Nanotechnology for development;
  • Nanotechnology applications in water;
  • Nanotechnologies and converging technologies;
  • Ethics of the information society;
  • Scientific responsibility.


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