The Choice is Yours

column by Gregor Wolbring

November 15th, 2010

Bioethics theories are supposed to develop ethical principles, which allow for the governance of science, technology and biomedical research.  It is believed that many negative consequences of S&T for humankind could be avoided by using ethical principles to govern them. So what are the hot topics in the bioethics discourse of today? Recently  various bioethics meetings took place in Singapore. One being the 10th World Congress for Bioethics (WCB) another being the 8th International Congress of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB)  the Human Rights and Public Health Ethics the  Concept of Community in Bioethics and the The 11th Asian Bioethics Conference (ABC11) and Fifth UNESCO Asia-Pacific School of Ethics Roundtable. The Abstract book for ABC11  can be found here. The FAB meeting program can be found here and the WCB  program here.

Going through the programs gives you the reader a good idea as to what is on the Bioethics agenda nowadays and I leave the reader to discover what might be missing in the discourse.

The Choice is Yours:

I gave one talk at the WCB on brain machine interface ethics and one talk at the ABC on energy and climate security. If you think that topics where missing it is up to you to become active and add to the mix.

The choice is yours.

All of the "The Choice is Yours" articles till June 2009 can be found  here, and after June 2009  here 

Gregor Wolbring is an Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. He is Affiliated Scholar, Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University, USA; Part Time Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa Canada; Adjunct Faculty Critical Disability Studies, York University, Canada. He is a science and technology governance scholar, a disability/vari-ability/ability studies scholar, and a health policy and science and technology studies researcher. He is the Chair of the Bioethics Taskforce of Disabled People's International. He publishes the Bioethics, Culture and Disability website, authors a weblog on NBICS and its social implications and on Ableism and Ability Ethics and Governance and contributes to the What Sorts of People blog.

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