Risk Science Center co-sponsors Emerging Technologies Conference

by Ishani Hewage on May 15, 2013

The University of Michigan Risk Science Center is proud to be co-sponsoring the first annual Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics conference next week.

Organized by Center for Law, Science and Innovation at Arizona State University’s Law School, the two-day conference will bring together leading commentators and critical thinkers to explore the unique governance issues and challenges facing the rapid development of emerging technologies.

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Diana Bowman, Assistant Professor Risk Science Center and the Department of Health Management and Policy, and member of the conference planning committee, said the phenomenal list of speakers, including opening keynote by Andrew Maynard, Director of the Risk Science Center, is guaranteed to evoke engaging discussions and fuel collaborative research moving forward.

“The conference is set to be a melting pot of ideas leading to creative and ground-breaking approaches in the way we face regulatory, governance, legal social, and ethical aspects of emerging technology,” said Diana.

“This form of collaboration is fundamental if we are to strike an appropriate balance between the risks and rewards.”

The discussions will encompass various fields of emerging technologies including nanotechnologies, synthetic biology, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, stem cell and regenerative medicine, human enhancement technologies, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, geoengineering, neuroscience, and robotics.

“Autonomous vehicles – drone warfare – sophisticated materials for tissue engineering – what once belonged only in the pages of science fiction is very much science fact today. With the promise of these new, emerging and disruptive technologies, our capacity to deal with the legal, policy and societal issues posed by their applications will be challenged.”

The conference also presents an invaluable opportunity for the Risk Science Center to showcase its innovative research to colleagues and industry leaders. Presentations from faculty associated with the Center include:

  • Diana Bowman – 
Evidence-based Regulation of Food Nanotechnologies: A Perspective from the European Union and United States
  • Adam Finkel -
Designing a “Solution-Focused” Governance Paradigm for Synthetic Biology (University of Pennsylvania)
  • Andrew Maynard and Diana Bowman – co-hosts session presentation on Public Engagement and Risk: Synthetic Biology

Stay tuned to the RiskSense Blog for highlights from Andrew’s keynote speech and other presentations.

The conference is being held on May 20-21 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa in Chandler, Arizona.

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