Online Ethics Center for Engineering and science
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What is the OEC?

The Online Ethics Center (OEC) is a repository of resources on the ethics of science, engineering, and research that help engineers, scientists, scholars, educators, students, and interested citizens understand and address ethically significant topics and problems that arise in the practice and results of science and engineering.

A five-year improvement effort to update and expand site, with new features and content, began in 2014 with an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). More information about the OEC can be found in the About section.

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  • Call for Papers, Panels, and Making and Doing Presentations

    PostedTuesday, January 17, 2017 AT 1:51 PM

    Call for Papers, Panels, and Making and Doing Presentations

    The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) invites submissions for individual papers, traditional panels, and “Making and Doing” presentations at its Annual Meeting in Boston, August 30 – September 2, 2017.

    Conference theme:  STS (In)Sensibilities

    If sensibility is the ability to grasp and to respond, how might we articulate the (in)sensibilities of contemporary technoscience?  How, similarly, can we reflect on the extent and limits of our own sensibilities as STS scholars, teachers, and activists?  The conference theme invites an open reading and exploration of how the world is made differently sense-able through multiple discourses and practices of knowledge-making, as well as that which evades the sensoria of technoscience and STS.  Our aim is that the sense of ‘sense’ be read broadly, from mediating technologies of perception and apprehension to the discursive and ...

  • Reminder: Call for Abstracts - Governance of Emerging Technologies Conference 2017

    PostedFriday, January 6, 2017 AT 3:34 PM

    The Fifth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics

    Held at the new Beus Center for Law & Society, Phoenix, AZ, on May 17-19, 2017

    The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, gene editing, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, human enhancement technologies, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, geoengineering, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, and robotics. The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for these various emerging technologies.

    Call for abstracts: The co-sponsors invite submission of abstracts for proposed presentations. Submitters of abstracts need not provide a written paper, although ...

  • Call for Applications – Ethics Teacher Training Course in Surabaya, Indonesia

    PostedTuesday, January 3, 2017 AT 12:28 PM

    The Deadline for the Call for Applications for Ethics Teacher Training Course in Surabaya, Indonesia has been extended to January 31, 2017.

    The Ethics Teachers' Training Course is organized by UNESCO Jakarta Office and Airlangga University in Surabaya, Indonesia, on 24-28 April 2017. It is designed to advance pedagogical capacity for ethics teaching and improve the quality of ethics education around the world. The Course offers a unique opportunity for participants from Indonesia and from other countries to enhance their teaching capacities in ethics.

    Ethics Teacher Training Course is conducted by a team of experts from different countries, with extensive experience in ethics education.

    A successful candidate for the Course will have a Master’s or higher degree (in areas such as law, medicine, philosophy, ethics, or social sciences), experience or future plans of teaching ethics, and a good command of English language.

    Persons who want to register should fill out and ...

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The OEC seeks submissions of high-quality ethics education resources in science and engineering for inclusion in its collection. Interdisciplinary materials are particularly welcome, as are resources that promote active learning at the undergraduate or graduate level. Materials are also needed to assist faculty new to teaching in science and engineering ethics. For more information on resource submissions, see the Submit Materials page.

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