Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Multidisciplinary Engagement with Nanoethics Through EducationThe Nanobio-RAISE Advanced Courses as a Case Study and Model

Schuurbiers, Daan

Journal Information:
Vol. 3, Num. 3


The authors here look at two courses developed in Oxford University that would encourage multidisciplinary engagement between nanoscientists and nanoethicists. Lacking a more formal program, the authors identify that many nanoethicists have recently identified the need for better ethics of emerging technologies, arguing that ethical reflection should become part and parcel of the research and development (R&D) process itself, rather than looking backward at innovation already rolled out to the public and trying to change it from the wrong end of the production line. This paper does buck convention in a way, though, in recommending that nanoscientists and nanoethicists shift the emphasis from public communication towards ethical deliberation in order to approach the better ethics aforementioned.