BIOTECH SOCIETY: an international conference on society and biotechnology

Not submitting a paper? Your attendance is still welcome!

Approximately 45 Abstracts have already been received and the period for submissions is closed.

The Abstracts that have been submitted provide a rich basis for a stimulating conference.

We warmly welcome your attendance at the Biotech Society international conference, as an opportunity to examine biotechnology in a novel way, bringing together two research traditions that otherwise rarely meet: those who study innovation, organization and management, and those who do research in the impact of technology on society, public responses to science and environmental ethics, among others. The conference web site is convenient for registration, and has all the latest in up-dated information:

OTHER PARTICIPANTS ALSO WELCOME TO ATTEND We take this opportunity to invite participation at the conference by others interested in the conference themes, even if they have not had any intention of presenting papers. There is still some space available for non-presenting participants, and a full audience will further ensure lively discussion.

· Late registration until 15 September 2003 120 Euros · Student registration until 15 September 2003 50 Euros · On-site registration until 30 September 2003 170 Euros

The role of biotechnology in society is complex. While many heads of state, directors of national innovation agencies, business leaders and prominent scientists praise biotechnology development and, not least, investment, others express concern about costs, public opinion, environmental sustainability and legal ramifications, which makes it a hot topic in many fora. It has increasing relevance in many sectors, including pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, functional foods (nutraceuticals), biomaterials, enzymes, chemistry, forestry, mining and energy. The general industry enthusiasm has fostered a growing range of other attendant phenomena: conferences, dedicated journals and web sites, trade fairs, specialized head-hunting agencies and investment agents, to name a few. Most of this activity is content-related, amplifying the financial, scientific and technological aspects of “biotech” itself; largely still missing is a wider perspective that seeks to understand and influence the overall place, impact and role that biotechnology has, and will have, with regard to the rest of society.

Agreement has been reached with two journals, the International Journal of Biotechnology, and Science Studies, regarding the publication of selected papers in special issues of each journal. This is an excellent publication opportunity.

The Biotech Society conference aims to focus more attention on these broader dimensions of biotechnology, and in a manner that reflects the intense scrutiny of the different mainstreams of research gathered in this unusual forum. For more detailed information about the conference’s plenary sessions and thematic workshops, consult the web site:

Invited guest speakers:

· Nik Brown, University of York, UK · Alan Carsrud, Florida International University, USA · Rob Hagendijk, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands · Ilpo Helén, University of Helsinki, Finland · Alan Irwin, Brunel University, UK · Peter Keating, University of Quebec, Canada · Shantha Liyanage, Business School of the University of · Auckland, New Zealand · Maureen McKelvey, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden · Luigi Orsenigo, Bocconi University, Italy · Thomas Reiss, ISI Fraunhofer, Germany · Inger-Johanne Sand, University of Oslo, Norway