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NABIS Conference, March 29, 2006, at Chicago’s University Club

Nanotechnology In Society's Context

Illinois Institute of Technology's Center on Nanotechnology and Society to Sponsor the NABIS Conference

Posted on March 03, 2006

Nanoscale science, research, and manufacturing present a complex and entirely new and unique set of circumstances and situations never before faced by society. "Nanotechnology in Society's Context," a NABIS Conference, will be held March 29, 2006 at the University Club of Chicago, 76 W. Monroe to examine nanotechnology in the context of currently available information.

Compelling issues helping to shape the future of nanotechnology policy will be explored, including -

  • nanorisk issues inherent in this unique emerging technology
  • the politics of nanotechnology on the human condition
  • setting the agenda for nanoethics - i.e. the social and cultural issues brought to bear by this emerging technology

Internationally recognized experts from universities, government, law firms, think tanks, and health care representing the legal, scientific, social science, business, medical, environmental, educational, and ethical perspectives will offer facts and opinions about the important societal issues surrounding nanotechnology. If your work involves nanotechnology, this important one day conference will provide a context for your future endeavors. The complete agenda appears below.

NABIS enjoys the support of several major industry organizations, including the NanoBusiness Alliance and IIT's Center on Nanotechnology and Society.

Cost to attend the conference is $295 before March 15 and $350 after March 15. Rooms are available at the University Club, 76 W. Monroe. Call NABIS Headquarters - (708)361-6000 - ex. 202 to register, or visit for more information.

- Agenda -

Wednesday, March 29, 2006 (early arrival reception on March 28)
76 East Monroe St., Chicago, IL 60603
Michigan Room, 2ND floo

Nanotechnology is a growth industry, ironically touted as 'the next big thing." However, nanoscale science, research, and manufacture present a complex and entirely new set of circumstances and situations never before faced by society.

Join us for the NABIS Conference, an important one day symposium featuring experts representing law, science, social science, business, medicine/healthcare, education - and ethics. Compelling issues surrounding nanotechnology will be explored in the context of currently available information.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Registration 6-7:00PM - Monroe Room, 2nd floor
6:30PM - 7:30PM - Networking reception for early arrivals - Monroe Room, 2nd floor

Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Registration 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Monroe Room, 2nd floor
8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.: Overview - The Societal Implications of Nanotechnology - The Ethical, Legal, and Societal Implications of Nanotechnology - Michigan Room, 2nd floor

Moderator: Nigel Cameron (Center on Nanotechnology and Society)

  • Christine Peterson (Foresight Nanotechnology Institute)
  • Timothy Hsiesh (ABA - nanotech committee)
  • Jason Robert (Arizona State University Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes)

The speakers on this panel bring a wide array of expertise, and the discussion will focus on the interplay among the ethical, legal and social issues raised by nanotechnology. Speakers representing law, ethics, business, and nanoscale science and development will provide insights and opinions.

10:15 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: Setting the Agenda for Nanoethics
Moderator: Debra Bennett Woods (Regis University)

  • William Cheshire (Mayo Clinic)
  • David Berube (University of South Carolina International Council on Nanotechnology)
  • John Sargent (U.S. Department of Commerce)
  • Michele Mekel (Center on Nanotechnology and Society)

This ethical, social and legal implications panel presentation will build on discussions started during the first session on nano and ELSI by concentrating on defining the ethics agenda for nanotechnologies. The speakers on this panel offer the spectrum of perspectives - from medicine to law, and from business to education.

11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.: Networking Lunch - Monroe Room, 2nd floor

1:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m.: Nanorisk

Moderator: Jason Robert (Arizona State University Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes)

  • Lawrence Busch (Michigan State University) (Agriculture)
  • Sonia Miller (Converging Technologies Bar Association) (attorney/law)
  • Ron McNeil (University of Illinois-Springfield) (business & education)
  • Sean Murdock (NanoBusiness Alliance) (business)

This presentation will advance the dialogue by considering the risk issues inherent in the emerging technologies, as well as unique challenges posed by nanomaterials. The speakers on this panel not only have the expertise in emerging technologies, but also have been vetted in the areas of law, business and education.

3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.: Politics of the Human Condition/Future of the Human Condition
Moderator: Ben Mitchell (bioethics)

  • Ullica Segestrale (Illinois Institute of Technology) (sociology)
  • Debra Bennett Woods (Regis University) (healthcare ethics)
  • Ellen Mitchell (Illinois Institute of Technology) (psychology)
  • Jaydee Hanson (ICTA) (environmental issues)
  • Laurie Zoloth (Northwestern)

This final panel presentation will serve as a capstone session by addressing the social and cultural issues brought to bear by nascent technologies. The speakers on this panel offer a breadth of insight from the fields of bioethics, sociology, psychology, health care, and genetics.

5:00 p.m.-5:15 p.m.: Conclusion
Presenter: Nigel Cameron (Center on Nanotechnology and Society)
This wrap up session will recap highlights and conclusions reached during the day long interchange of ideas, opinions.

For more information,visit the NABIS web site at:, or contact Mary Beth Rebedeau, NABIS Managing Director, at (708) 361-6000 ext. 204, or

Mary Beth Rebedeau
NABIS Conference - Nano and Bio in Society Conference
(708) 361-6000 ext. 205
FAX (708) 361-6166

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