BARBARA, CA – October 10, 2005 – The
Nanoethics Group today announced that it has been
invited to speak at the “Societal Impacts” symposium
at the International Congress of Nanotechnology (ICNT),
one of the industry’s largest global gatherings.
Patrick Lin, Ph.D., research director for The Nanoethics
Group, will be the symposium’s first speaker,
setting the context for the prestigious event.
Held in San Francisco from October 31 to November
4, 2005, ICNT 2005 brings together the leading minds
in nanotechnology from all over the world, including
more than 150 speakers from 38 countries as well
as Nobel Prize laureates, and offers a rare opportunity
to network with top industry professionals and researchers.
The event covers a broad spectrum of topics in the
emerging field of nanotechnology, from the latest
research and development to nanoethics to venture-capital
investment and more. ICNT is the annual meeting of
the International Association of Nanotechnology,
a non-profit association based in Sacramento, California.
Dr. Lin will present a high-level overview of the
issues and challenges in studying the societal impact
of nanotechnology, including the complexity of evaluating
ethical dilemmas, such as balancing out competing
rights and obligations, as well a survey of topical
areas such as privacy, terrorism, health, economics,
politics, environment and others.
“ICNT 2005 is unique in dedicating an entire
week to exploring the social dimensions and implications
of the new science,” said Dr. Lin. “In
fact, many other conferences, especially the business-oriented
ones, ignore the subject completely. We are honored
to help kick off their symposium and hopefully help
scientists, business executives and other stakeholders
to think about the larger issues related to their
research and to proceed responsibly.”
Nanoethics is gaining attention globally as the
nanotechnology industry, world governments and the
broader public hope to avoid previous missteps in
rushing to develop new technologies, such as in biotechnology
where a massive public backlash resulted in bans
on genetically-modified foods in many regions and
even entire countries, from Brazil to Germany to
Sri Lanka. Similarly, some groups – as recently
as GeneEthics Network last week - are calling for
a moratorium on nanotechnology research and products
until public health and other issues have been addressed.
“We are pleased to have Dr. Lin of The Nanoethics
Group to speak at our conference,” said Lloyd
L. Tran, program chair for ICNT 2005. “Given
his reputation for clear, unbiased thinking, he’ll
be instrumental in establishing a meaningful framework
to understanding the societal issues that lay before
For more information about the International Association
of Nanotechnology and ICNT 2005, including registration
information and program agenda, please visit www.nanotechcongress.com.
The Nanoethics Group is a non-partisan research organization formed to study
nanotechnology’s impact on society and related ethical issues. As professional
ethicists, we help to identify and evaluate possible harms and conflicts
as well as to bring balance and common sense to the debate. Our mission is
to educate and advise both organizations and the broader public on these
issues as a foundation to guide policy and responsible research. For more
information, please visit www.nanoethics.org.
Patrick Lin, Ph.D.
The Nanoethics Group