A convergence of technoscientific developments and of social and individual demands and desires appears to amount to a tendency towards an ‘enhancement society’. Increased productivity, better brains, longer and healthier lives, stronger bodies, and relief from sorrow have been actively sought by humans for centuries, but the recent breakthroughs in emerging sciences and technologies are considered by many as the instruments to transform these dreams into reality.
However, dramatic social disruptions, expanded social surveillance, new and increased inequalities and even dehumanization are feared as possible consequences of the development and diffusion of these ‘human enhancement technologies’.
The management of such contentious technologies requires a comprehensive governance framework that does not exist yet in the EU or elsewhere. The Final Conference of Project EPOCH - Ethics in Public Policy Making: The Case of Human Enhancement, which is funded by the EU Seventh Framework Programme - Science in Society, will gather together academia, decision-makers and members of society to generate new insights into the role of ethical expertise in European policy making on new and emerging science and technologies, and to discuss possible and desirable governance models of human enhancement technologies.
Registration is free and the deadline for registration by
31st August 4th September. Limited funding for acommodation/travel costs is available.
Regular updates about the speakers and the program, directions to the conferente venue, information about accommodation and registrations are available on the conferente website http://epochconference2012.wordpress.com. To register, please fill in the information required on the registration form available on the conferece website http://epochconference2012.wordpress.com.
University of Padua
Palazzo del Bo
Via VIII febbraio 2
I-35122 PADUA, ITALY