ethics in science and technology
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Edinethics Current Work
Edinethics has been working for several years on activities associated with European Commission FP7 projects engaging with the ethical implications of cutting edge science.
- Animal Research Ethics : the use of animals in medical and agricultural applications and research (UK Animals in Science Committee)
- Genome editing in animals and humans : Working group of Scottish Episcopal Church
- Genome editing : regulatory and public engagement issues
- Investment ethics : fossil fuel and other controversial technologies
- Democs card games for public engagement : nanomedicine (EC NanoAthero project); GM and Genome Editing; Embryonic Stem cells in research
- Recently completed: NanoAthero project (2013-2018), ethical issues arising from the use of nanoparticles as the basis to develop clinical methods to detect, and treat, atherosclerosis, which is the major cause of heart attacks and strokes worldwide.
- Lecturing at Edinburgh University on the ethics of genetically modified crops in relation to food security and sustainable agriculture
- Lecturing at Edinburgh University on risk and regulatory aspects of nuclear power
- Public engagement on nanomedicine: presentation at annual the 2018 European Conference for Clinical Nanomedicine, Clinam in Basel, Switzerland.
- Presentation on ethical and regulatory implications of genome editing regarding GM crops and animals, Bilbao, December 2015
Ethics and Public Engagement
In many of these projects we have worked with Perry Walker and the New Economics Foundation (nef) on developing new tools - like the Democs card game and the Open Up! argument maps - for engaging wider publics in thinking about these and other issues. We believe that to address the challenges of emerging issues like these needs a combination of expert ethical analysis and also lay insights which come from public
engagement. For more see our Democs pages, including downloadable games.