Section 3

Challenges of Science.
Open doors.
The "bio" organizational revolution.

Opportunities generated by scientific advances. Who takes advantage of them? Men and women alike?
Who dominates knowledge? R & D & I? - Is that market, ethics or politics?
Who is in charge? The market, global ethics, any religion/s? Is there any global ethical discourse governing decisions on the application of scientific advances? Should there be one?
Is someone managing this? What role do governments play? Are they managing the interplay of knowledge and power (i.e. R & D & I and scientific advances), capital (and its need for return on investment) and the limits that should be set in a systemic, planned and holistic ‘good’ society? (for the good of humanity rather than the individual, for regulating the power of one region over another, for total health care rather than the treatment of disease, for environmental conservation...)
The power of citizenship: Does it exist? What is our role as consumers, patients, trainees, researchers? Just Knowing? Should I and can I Choose? To defend/to demand?

Topics of interest

  • Ethical challenges facing science advances: universal values, the autonomy of the individual, moral and ethical issues.
  • Reproduction and new families.
  • Pressures from the market, society, knowledge.
  • R&D transfer, science-society interconnection, scientific knowledge dissemination.