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Innovating for the health of all: Innovation in systems of research for health and health equity Havana, Cuba, 16-20 November 2009

In Ableism, Ableism and its intersection with health ethics, care and policy, Conferences on October 31, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Forum 2009
Innovating for the health of all:
Innovation in systems of research for health and health equity

Havana, Cuba, 16-20 November 2009

The Global Forum for Health Research is delighted to announce that its 2009 Forum meeting will take place in Havana at the invitation of the Ministry of Health of Cuba, from 16-20 November 2009.

As you know, Forum meetings bring together a wide range of stakeholders from around the world – policy-makers, development specialists, funders and leaders of research, representatives of civil society, NGOs, the media and the private sector – to engage in dialogue, to identify lessons learned from experience and to identify pathways to solutions.

Forum 2009 will focus on innovations in how systems of research for health are organized, managed, financed and applied. It will:

– highlight innovations that are already, or could be, contributing to strengthening systems of research for health and health equity;

– examine the results of research and innovation in key areas including, for example, equitable finance mechanisms in health systems;

– explore pivotal factors that are important in improving the organization of research and innovation systems to achieve more equitable health outcomes.

A definition of what we understand by innovation in systems of research for health and health equity is on our web site http://www.globalforumhealth.org.

As we begin our planning, we would like to open a call for contributions to make one of the outstanding events that the Global Forum has become known for. The deadline for submissions will be 15 January 2009 and you will be able to submit your ideas as of 1 December 2009 on our web site http://www.globalforumhealth.org. We welcome submissions from all sectors and all geographical locations, from young researchers as well as leaders in all fields relevant to research and innovation for health.

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My colleagues and I look forward to your contributions. Cuba offers an exceptional setting for Forum 2009, as an attractive and vibrant location and as the focal point for national and regional examples of innovation. We hope you will be able to join us there.

Stephen A. Matlin

Executive Director

Conference: Animals: Past, Present and Future

In Ableism Ethics and Governance and Animals, Conferences on October 21, 2008 at 10:41 pm

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
April 16-18, 2009
This conference will explore past, present, and future human-animal
relationships from interdisciplinary and international perspectives.
Speakers from both the humanities and sciences will present research
concerning issues such as animal husbandry, pet keeping, animal
experimentation, environmental ethics, and anthropomorphism.
For more information, including registration form and preliminary
program, visit


Dr. Georgina Montgomery
Assistant Professor
Lyman Briggs College
and the Department of History
Michigan State University


Call for Papers Converging Technologies, Changing Societies

In Ableism Ethics and Governance, Call for papers, Conferences, Ethics, nano, nanoscale, nanotechnology, NBICS on October 21, 2008 at 2:51 pm

Call for Papers SPT 2009
Converging Technologies, Changing Societies

16th International Conference of
the Society for Philosophy and Technology

July 8-10 2009

University of Twente
Enschede, The Netherlands
Deadline for abstracts: January 5, 2009

SPT 2009 welcomes high quality papers and panel proposals in all areas of philosophy of technology. Given the focus of this year’s conference, papers dealing with converging technologies and their social and cultural impact are especially welcomed. SPT 2009 will include 15 tracks:

1. Converging technologies and human enhancement. Chair: Peter-Paul Verbeek

2. Converging technologies and engineering sciences. Chair: Mieke Boon

3. Converging technologies and risks. Chairs: Sabine Roeser and Sven Ove Hansson

4. Converging technologies: general issues. Chair: Armin Grunwald

5. Ethics and politics of emerging technologies. Chair: Tsjalling Swierstra

6. Philosophy and ethics of biomedical and nanotechnology. Chair: Bert Gordijn and Joachim Schummer

7. Philosophy and ethics of information technology. Chair: Adam Briggle

8. Environmental philosophy and sustainable technology. Chair: Andrew Light

9. Philosophy of engineering and design. Chair: Pieter Vermaas

10. Robots, cyborgs and artificial life. Chairs: Mark Coeckelbergh and Gianmarco Veruggio

11. Technology and moral responsibility. Chair: Katinka Waelbers

12. Technology, culture and globalisation. Chairs: Charles Ess and Evan Selinger

13. The good life and technology. Chair: Philip Brey

14. Philosophy of technology: general and assorted issues. Chair: Anthonie Meijers

15. Reflective engineering. Chair: Darryl Farber

Descriptions of the tracks can be found on our website http://www.utwente.nl/ceptes/spt2009 .

Thanks to Adam for sending it

Call for Papers: JUST REASON

In Ableism Ethics and Governance, Call for papers on October 20, 2008 at 6:29 pm

Call for Papers: JUST REASON

We invite submissions for a special issue of the journal Studies in Social Justice that will address the relationships of reason (or conceptions of reason) to struggles for social justice.

Studies in Social Justice (www.studiesinsocialjustice.org) is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed open access online journal that is also published in hard copy. The journal focuses on debates about social justice as a critical concept that is integral in the analysis of policy formation, rights, participation, social movements, and political structures and transformations.

This issue of Studies in Social Justice will focus on “Just Reason.” Conceptions or ideals of reason and knowledge may inhibit or promote social justice, as we learn from feminist and other liberatory epistemologies. Given that reason, knowledge, and science are intertwined with politics of various types, how do we theorize epistemic ideals and cognitive practices that are conducive to social justice?

Possible topics include but are not limited to the following:
• How do epistemic ideals (of reason, justification, and knowledge) relate to social or political ideals (of justice, equality, and fairness)?
• What forms of knowledge or reasoning encourage or discourage activism?
• How do social justice goals and socially just practices influence the knowledge produced by science and technology?
• How might educational and scholarly standards of reasoning address power and status differentials among people?
• What are the liberatory potentials of individual as opposed to communal models of reason and knowledge?
• How do specific ideals of reason or reasoning help or hinder understandings across differences (social, cultural, or religious differences, for example)?

The editors for this special issue are Catherine Hundleby, Department of Philosophy, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada (hundleby@uwindsor.ca), and Phyllis Rooney, Department of Philosophy, Oakland University, Michigan, USA (rooney@oakland.edu). We accept submissions for review only on condition that the material is not under review for publication elsewhere. Submissions will be anonymously reviewed by the editors and additional readers. Papers should be submitted to Lauri Daitchman at daitchm@uwindsor.ca no later than Wednesday, April 1, 2009.

Submissions should be between 6000 and 8000 words in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format. Prepare manuscripts for anonymous reviewing with no identifying references in the paper, and include an abstract of no more than 100 words at the beginning of the paper. A separate title page must include the author’s name(s), e-mail address, mailing address, phone number, and title of the paper. Submissions must comply with the Studies in Social Justice author guidelines available at: http://www.studiesinsocialjustice.org.

Scientists have shown it is possible to harness brain signals and redirect them to make paralysed limbs move.

In General inquiry into, application and development of Ableism Ethics and Governance on October 18, 2008 at 3:15 pm

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Recent Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics issue

In Ableism, Conferences, Enhancement, Ethics, Law and public policy, Religion on October 15, 2008 at 7:50 pm

has different articles on different Religion’s views on enhancement.

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In Ableism, Ableism and general human performance enhancement;, Ableism and Law, Body, Conferences, Consumerism on October 7, 2008 at 9:37 pm

ESF-LiU Conference
Chaired by:

IMEW (Institut Mensch, Ethik und Wissenschaft)BerlinGermany

Life Science Governance Research PlatformUniversity of ViennaFaculty of Social SciencesDepartment of Political ScienceViennaAustria

9-13 October 2009

The conference will be held at Scandic Linköping Väst, Sweden – 7km from Linköping airport and 4km from the train station. Most notably, the Swedish chain Scandic Hotel´s commitment to sustainability won the Green Meetings Award in 2008. It is located in Linköping which is the capital of Östergötland county, situated in the center of a vast open farmland. It is Sweden’s fifth largest city with more than 136,000 inhabitants and has a long history as a city of learning.
Preliminary Programme

Available March 2009

Applications will open in March 2009. Please use the button below if you wish to be kept informed about this conference by e-mail.
Conference Fees


What the fees cover

EUR 750

conference, meals and twin OR double room

EUR 550

non-resident: conference, meals (no room)
Financial Support

Some grants are available for young researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs. Grant requests should be made by ticking appropriate field(s) in the paragraph “Grant application” of the application form.
ESF Contact

Conference Officer

Phone: +32 (0)2 533 2024
Fax: +32 (0)2 538 8486
Please quote 09-273 in any correspondence.

This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with Linköping University.

Back – ESF Conferences – 2009 Calendar

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ONCE International Research and Development Award in New Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired

In Ableism Ethics and Governance and Design, Ableism Ethics and Governance and Science and Technology governance, Disability, nano, nanoscale, NBICS on October 6, 2008 at 9:17 pm

ONCE International Research and Development Award in New Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The aim of the International R&D Award in New Technologies for the Blind and Visually Impaired, held bi-annually by the ONCE (Spanish National Organisation for the Blind), is to distinguish and recompense those researches whose development, use or application represent a clear improvement in the quality of life, equality of opportunities or the process of social and working integration of the blind and visually impaired.
Research areas:

Through this Award, ONCE seeks to stimulate the promotion of scientific technical research aimed at technological developments and innovations in the field of engineering, artificial intelligence, computing, telecommunications, microtechnology and nanoelectronics, with the ultimate purpose of correcting or overcoming the limitations suffered by the blind or the visually impaired on account of their disability.

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