The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds a Summer School course on ethical, legal and social aspects of nanobiotechnology and nano-medicine, which will be held by the Centre for Bioethics, Muenster University, 21 – 28 September 2007 in Muenster.

The Summer school will focus on ethical, legal and social implications of current and future applications of nanobiotechnology in different fields such as medicine, food, agriculture, environment etc. Topics include:

  • Nanobiotechnology and Nano-medicine: State of the art and future prospects
  • Ethical aspects of nano-medicine, nano-food etc.
  • Release of nano-particles: risks and unwelcome side effects
  • Distributive justice and accessibility of nano-based applications
  • Privacy and data protection
  • Enhancement
  • Impact of nanobiotechnology on economies, societies and politics
  • Intellectual property and knowledge management
  • Instruments for political and legal control of nanobiotechnology

Up to 15 young researchers, i.e. postgraduates, PhD-students and postdocs, from all over Europe are invited to participate. Travel costs and accommodation costs will be defrayed by the organizers. The proceedings of the Summer school will be published. In order to participate please send (by post or e-mail) a concise CV and an abstract of your presentation (max. 150 words) by 20th May 2007 to: Dr. Johann S. Ach Centre for Bioethics Münster University Von-Esmarch-Str. 62, D-48149 Münster For further information please contact: Dr. Christian Weidemann (

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