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"The Global Aspects of Nano and Biotechnology:
The Impact of Science on Society" Theme of NABIS -
Nano and Bio in Society Conference, August 9-10, 2006, at Chicago's McCormick Place

Chicago Ridge, IL | Posted on July 19, 2006

The second NABIS Conference, or the Nano and Bio in Society Conference, will be held August 9-10, 2006, at Chicago's McCormick Place. "The Global Aspects of Nano and Biotechnology: The Impact of Science on Society" is the theme of the conference, and the mission is to bring together top-level, international scientists, social scientists, attorneys, journalists, and other interested parties to discuss the societal impacts of these emerging technologies.

Both nanotechnology and biotechnology are growth industries with vast potential, and the lines between them are blurring. Scientists in these fields are, in many ways, the stewards of society's future. It is through their research, discoveries, and imagination that society is moving forward into new medical, biological, and technical frontiers. But society is providing the means for such research, and, thus, society has a right to ask how scientific discoveries will affect its future or improve the quality of life.

By exploring the global impact of nano and biotechnology on society, the multiple roles of scientists will be explored - as philosophers, as entrepreneurs, and as the stewards of our future. Scientists from around the world and from a wide variety of industries will discuss their research and how its applications will impact society - regionally and globally.

In attendance will be prominent scientists from around the world who are on the frontiers of nano and biotechnology research and product development; managers of companies involved in nano and biotechnology research, product development, and product sales; representatives from investment companies and government agencies; universities and regional enterprise agencies encouraging the growth of nano and biotechnology industry segments; and legal, ethical, and financial advisers collaborating with scientists on emerging issues.

In addition, NABIS enjoys the support of several major organizations, including the NanoBusiness Alliance, the Converging Technologies Bar Association, and Illinois Institute of Technology's Center on Nanotechnology and Society.

Media sponsors include NanoToday Magazine and, as well as a new publication debuting at NABIS - the NABIS Journal - which will be published twice each year and will focus on the ethical, legal, and social issues in relation to specific nano and bio research and development.

NABIS also has strong civic support, which includes the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and the Chicago City Council (which, on a resolution introduced by Alderman Burke, named August 6, 2006, NABIS Week - Nano and Bio in Society Week - in Chicago). Additionally, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich sent NABIS a letter of support, which appears at www.NABISConference.som/2006.

Join us as we explore these compelling issues. For more information about attending or sponsoring/exhibiting, please visit the NABIS web site at:


Edgar Voelkl, Ph D
NABIS Program Chair
+001(512) 266-4931
+001 (512) 431-1268 cell

Monica Eggers
NABIS Headquarters
+001(708)361-6000 X 202

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