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Interdisciplinary Studies of Social and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology: Bergen 2006-2009

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End-of-NANOMAT-Project Conference


14-15 December 2009, SVT, Student Senter,  rom 4, Bergen, Norway


The NANOETHICS research activity of SVT (Senter for vitenskapsteori, Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities, University of Bergen) was founded in 2006. Its major project so far has been Interdisciplinary Studies of Social and Ethical Implications of Nanotechnology, funded by the NANOMAT programme of the Research Council of Norway as well as the NANO@UIB programme. The project has involved a number of national and international scholars and scientists, the main researchers being Fern Wickson and Kamilla Lein Kjølberg. Roger Strand initiated and led the project.

Results from the project have been disseminated in more than 20 publications and 20 international conferences and workshops. At this end-of-project conference, we will give an overview of our research so far within the ELSA of nanoscience and nanotechnology.


Target audience

  • ELSA researchers and STS scholars with an interest in nano
  • researchers and students of nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • decision-makers with an interest in nano


Programme – Monday 14 December 10.00-17.00

10.00-10.45    Introduction and overview of the project (Roger Strand & Fern Wickson)

11.00-12.00    Ideology in nano discourse (Fern Wickson & Roger Strand)

12.00-13.00    Lunch*

13.00-14.00    Broad-scoped nanoethics (Roger Strand & Fern Wickson)

14.15-14.45    Public engagement and nano (Ana Delgado)

14.45-15.15    Nano in Latin America (Gian Carlo Delgado)

15.30-17.00    Book launch: NANO meets MACRO (Kamilla Lein Kjølberg), with refreshments

19.00-             Conference dinner*

Programme – Tuesday 15 December 09.00-15.30

09.00-10.30    Understanding nano images (Roger Strand, Rasmus Slaattelid & Alice Benessia)

10.45-11.15    Nano: Risk and Uncertainty (Fern Wickson)

11.30-12.00    Interdisciplinarity in nano research & education (Bodil Holst)

12.00-13.00    Lunch*

13.00-13.45    The project seen from a distance (Silvio Funtowicz & Anders Braarud-Hansen)

14.00-15.30    The next generation of SVT projects: Value Isobars, Imag(in)ing the Nanoscale, Technolife, Reflexive Systems Biology (Matthias Kaiser, Rasmus Slaattelid, Kjetil Rommetveit & Roger Strand)

Registration for the conference by e-mail to Tone Lund-Olsen (tone.lund-olsen@skok.uib.no) no later than 3 December 2009. You may choose to attend parts of or the entire conference. There is no registration fee for attending the conference.

*Lunches and dinner are included for invited guests. Others are welcome to join the meals at their own cost and at prior notice.