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Conferences and Symposia
The International Conference on « Emerging Technologies and Human Rights »
(4-5 May 2015, Room 1, Palais de l’Europe, Avenue de l'Europe, Strasbourg) is now closed.
The Conference promoted interdisciplinary debate with lawyers and experts in Human Rights, scientists, sociologists, philosophers as well as other experts in fields concerned. All participants in the Conference were invited to take part in the debate.
Convergence of emerging technologies, i.e. nano-, bio-, IT and cognitive technologies has opened new perspectives for progress, particularly in regards to human health. For instance, treating symptoms of Parkinson disease is possible due to deep brain stimulation; nanotechnologies combined with IT already facilitate rapid diagnostics and monitoring of patients’ health parameters. However, these technologies also open new possibilities for interventions on human beings, which may be more invasive and intrusive, and possibly affect and modify individuals.
Such developments raise questions particularly in regards to person’s autonomy, integrity and privacy.
These are some of the questions that the conference discussed with a view to identify the priority human rights challenges raised by emerging technologies and their convergence.
Two studies prepared by the Rathenau Instituut (NL) and the Center for the Study of Sciences and Humanities from the Bergen University (Norway) were used as background documents for the Conference.
The working languages of the Conference
were English, French, as well as German (passive). The Conference was live
broadcasted and it is possible to consult the video on the website of the Council of Europe. The Conference
was opened to the press.
A Launching Conference of the Guide on the decision-making process regarding medical treatment in end-of-life situations, organised by the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO), took place on 5 May 2014 in Strasbourg, France, under the auspices of the Austrian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.
The objective of this conference was not only to present the Guide,
but also to benefit from the feedback of professionals and patients
on this document.
A Symposium on Biobanks and Biomedical Collections - An ethical framework for future research,
organised by the Committee on Bioethics (DH-BIO), was held on
19-20 June 2012 in Strasbourg, France.
An International Conference on "Ethics Review of Clinical Research in Pharmaceuticals" organised by the Council
of Europe and the Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation
took place in Moscow on
28-29 November 2011. The Guide for Research Ethics Committee members
was presented on this occasion.
"The Convention on Human Rights and Biomedicine: 10 years later" Strasbourg (France), 3 November 2009
This Conference was organised on the occasion of the 10th Anniversary in cooperation with the Slovenian authorities in the framework of the Slovenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
Broadcast of the Conference
Programme (with links to the speeches)
Conference on Ethics of Biomedical Research in Countries with Emerging or Developing Economy. Madrid (Spain) 27 April 2009
The CDBI delegations participated in the launching session of the Conference on Ethics of Biomedical Research
in Countries with Emerging or Developing Economy organised on 27 April 2009 by the Spanish authorities.
Broadcast of the Seminar
Programme (with links to the speeches)
Conference on the Ethical Issues Arising from the Application of Biotechnology. Oviedo (Spain), 16-19 May 1999
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