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  • (Re)Engineering Biology: The Emerging Engineering Paradigm in Biomedical Engineering, Systems Biology, and Synthetic Biology

    PostedWednesday, November 25, 2015 AT 9:54 AM

    15 - 16 April 2016 - Center for Philosophy of Science, 817 Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA USA Engineering models, methods, concepts, technologies and engineers themselves are playing an increasingly prominent role in biological investigation. The new engineering inspired fields such as integrative systems biology, biomedical engineering, and synthetic biology appear to have more in common with engineering approaches than with traditional biological ones. Researchers in these fields typically come from engineering and applied mathematical disciplines or are biomedical engineers trained to understand and build with biological materials. The result has given rise to a complex interplay of different conceptual and methodological frameworks, and interdisciplinary interactions, that have yet to be fully explored by philosophers. A fundamental contribution of the engineering paradigm in modern biology is, arguably, the provision of strategies and tools for
  • 2016 CNS-ASU Winter School Call for Applications

    PostedWednesday, October 7, 2015 AT 5:52 AM

    The Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University (CNS-ASU) will hold its fourth annual Winter School on the Anticipatory Governance and Responsible Innovation for Emerging Technologies from January 3-10, 2016.
  • 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, Ethics'2016 - First Announcement and Call for Papers

    PostedWednesday, October 7, 2015 AT 7:34 AM

    Following the success of the 2014 IEEE Internal Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, Ethics'2014, the 2016 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science and Technology - IEEE Ethics'2016 will take place on 13-14 May 2016 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Rachelle HollanderSenior Advisor of the Center for Engineering Ethics and Society Rtd.National Academy of Engineering
    2018 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology:Call for Papers

    PostedMonday, October 30, 2017 AT 4:46 PM

    2018 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology, May 30-June 1 2018 at U Maryland, College Park

    Call for Papers – Deadline, January 14, 2018
    The 2018 Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology (fPET) welcomes abstract submissions. The mission of fPET is to encourage reflection on engineering, engineers, and technology; and to build bridges between existing organizations of philosophers, engineers and scholars in related fields.

    There will be three fPET 2018 keynote speakers, including confirmed speaker William Wimsatt (University of Minnesota, author of Re-Engineering Philosophy)  

    To download the rest of the CFP, please click the below link:
    Download the fPET2018 Call for Papers
    500 word abstracts are invited for submission via EasyChair

    Learn more at
    Sign up to the fPET email list


  • 4th Annual Meeting of the Network on Social Sustainability June 8-10, 2016

    PostedTuesday, May 31, 2016 AT 9:27 AM

    The National Academy of Engineering Center for Engineering Ethics and Society invites you to attend or participate virtually in the Fourth Annual Integrated Network on Social Sustainability (INSS) Conference from June 8th to June 10th, 2016. The INSS seeks to create connections and ongoing collaborations between individuals and groups to foster activities to promote social sustainability.

    The 2016 conference theme is "Communities and Connections." The keynote speaker is Dr. Timothy Beatley, the Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities, School of Architecture at the University of Virginia. The conference will be held at eight sites, including Washington, DC and online. The DC site will host sessions on June 9th and 10th, featuring a panel discussion on "Transportation and the Future of Communities" and a roundtable on "Social Sustainability and Baltimore's Future."

    The DC site agenda is available online and the event will be held at the ...

  • Association for Practical and Professional Ethics Annual Conference

    PostedFriday, October 20, 2017 AT 9:58 AM

    The Association for Practical and Professional Ethics announces the 27th Annual APPE International Conference Thursday March 1 - Sunday March 4, 2018 at the Chicago Palmer House Hilton. The conference program features multiple tracks.

    APPE was founded in 1991 to encourage high-quality, interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in practical and professional ethics. Members and conference participants enjoy connecting and networking with people in their own fields and related fields who share an interest in applied ethics. The Annual Conference helps Association members and nonmembers from all disciplines stay up-to-date on scholarship, pedagogy, and professional strategies in applied ethics.

    Click here for Submission Guidelines

    The submission deadline for all categories is October 27, 2017

    Programming and special events provide great opportunities for professional development. 

    For ...

  • Mark Vasquez, IEEE, shared an update
    PostedTuesday, October 23, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Brain stimulation techniques have been used in recent years for the treatment of depression and other related conditions. What happens when similar techniques are used to "prime" the minds of athletes during their training regimens? Join IEEE TechEthics on 8 November for "Neuropriming: What Are The Ethical Implications?" as we discuss implications at the intersection of neuroscience, ethics and sport. Register for free today at:

  • Call for Abstracts - Sixth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies & Science: Law, Policy and Ethics

    PostedWednesday, January 10, 2018 AT 7:05 AM

    The Sixth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies & Science (GETS): Law, Policy and Ethics
    May 16-18, 2018
    ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, 111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix, AZ

    The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, gene editing, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, digital health, human enhancement technologies, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, data analytics, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, technology & privacy, cybersecurity, geoengineering, neuroscience, military technologies, artificial intelligence, algorithms, autonomous cars, and robotics. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for these various ...

  • Call for Applications to Workshop on Overcoming Challenges to Infusing Ethics into Engineers

    PostedWednesday, May 18, 2016 AT 8:33 AM

    The National Academy of Engineering Center for Engineering Ethics and Society invites teams to apply to attend a collaborative workshop on addressing obstacles, identifying solutions, and developing institutional plans for effectively incorporating ethics in the curriculum and culture of engineering education.

    Through knowledge sharing, mentoring, and active engagement, the workshop will provide information, guidance, and facilitated discussion to help the selected attendees advance their work, improve institutional plans, and develop collaborations with each other and with the speakers and invited guests.

    CEES is looking for teams of 2–3 that include faculty, administrators, and/or professors of practice who are actively working on strategies and plans for incorporating ethics into the curriculum and culture of engineering education. To accommodate those unable to form teams a few spots will be reserved for individual attendees. Broad representation is sought among the ...

  • Call for Papers on “Engineering and Animal Ethics”

    PostedThursday, August 18, 2016 AT 10:01 AM

    The Department of Philosophy at Texas A&M University invites submission of papers for possible inclusion in a workshop on “Engineering and Animal Ethics.”  The deadline for submission of abstracts is October 31, 2016.

    With funding from the Sue and Harry Bovay Chair for the History and Ethics of Professional Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts Cornerstone Fund, the workshop will be held on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, with a public lecture the evening before.

    Authors of accepted papers will be reimbursed after the workshop for up to $500 in travel costs, with food and accommodations provided while in College Station. We anticipate accepting three or four submitted papers.

    All papers presented at the workshop will be considered for publication in the Journal of Agricultural and Environment Ethics (with publication contingent on successful peer review).

    Invited workshop presentations will be limited to 30 minutes, but papers may be up to 10,000 words. ...

  • Rachelle HollanderSenior Advisor of the Center for Engineering Ethics and Society Rtd.National Academy of Engineering
    Call for Vignettes: Ethics, Data, and International Research Collaboration

    PostedFriday, October 20, 2017 AT 9:22 AM

    The International Research Collaborations Working Group (I-Group) of the National Academies’ Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) is hosting “Data Matters: Ethics, Data and International Research Collaboration in a Changing World”, to be held March 14-16, 2018 in Washington, DC. The I-Group is seeking input from the community in the form of case studies, research vignettes, or illustrative examples that will aid in identifying ethical issues in the collection, sharing, curation, access, and use of data in any of a variety of research and data collection contexts.
  • Deadline for $25,000 Engineering for You Video Contest is May 31

    PostedThursday, May 12, 2016 AT 10:23 AM

    There is one month left to enter the Engineering for You Video Contest 3: Mega-Engineering Projects for a chance to win $25,000! Most of humankind’s biggest endeavors are mega engineering projects that provide solutions that span disciplines, geographies, and cultural boundaries.

    The National Academy of Engineering is looking for 1 to 2 minute videos that (i) introduce a particular mega-engineering project, (ii) highlight its importance/contribution to people and society, and (iii) suggest contributions to its development.

    The Grand Prize of $25,000 will go to the most inspiring 1-2 minute video. We hope that you will participate in the contest and also encourage those in your communities to enter as well!

    The deadline for submissions is May 31, 2016, so start filming!

    Visit to learn more!

    For any additional questions, please email

  • Duke Science & Society Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Robotics, Autonomous Technology & Policy

    PostedTuesday, June 7, 2016 AT 12:50 PM

    The Duke Initiative for Science & Society invites applications for the 2016-2017 Science & Society Robotics, Autonomous Technology and Policy Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program. This fellowship is intended for individuals with a PhD in robotics or engineering related fields interested in an academic or policy career working on the intersection of robotics and society.

    Science & Society

    The Duke Initiative for Science & Society (“Science & Society”) examines the wide-ranging and integral role of science in social institutions and culture. Science & Society integrates and fosters innovation in related research, education, and engagement at Duke by adopting an interdisciplinary approach to understanding how science and human endeavors intersect with a specific focus on ethical, legal, and social implications for science. For more info:

    Humans and Autonomy Lab (HAL)

    Research in the Humans and Autonomy Lab focuses ...

  • EngineerGirl Announces 2016 “Responsible Engineering” Essay Contest Winners

    PostedMonday, May 23, 2016 AT 9:27 AM

    Washington, DC, May 16, 2016 –The National Academy of Engineering today announced thewinners of its 2016 EngineerGirl national essay competition. This year’s national contest asked students in grades three to 12 to describe a technology and the improvements it could provide in at least one of the four areas of engineering responsibility: safety, health, well-being, and environmental sustainability. Prizes were awarded to students in three categories based upon grade level.

    "It is inspiring to see students exploring the meaning of responsible engineering, for it is a primary concern for engineering in advancing our society,” said NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr.

    Gitanjali Rao, a fifth-grader at Edmondson Elementary School in Brentwood, Tennessee, placed first among third- to fifth-grade students for her essay on overcoming barriers to securing cyberspace. Eighth-grader Allison Harry from Durgee Junior High School in Baldwinsville, New York, won ...

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