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Professional Ethics Report: Winter 2015

Cover Stories

Investigating the Perceived Social Responsibilities of Scientists, Engineers and Health Professionals

Satellite Imaging of Cultural Sites in Conflict: A Cautionary Note

In the News

Universities, Science Council in Japan Issue Statement on Research Integrity
Scientist Pleads Guilty to Fraud in Falsification of HIV Vaccine Test Results
Bioethics Commission Releases Second Report on Ethics in Neuroscience

In the Societies

APSA Releases Statement on Research Integrity


Canadian Research Agencies Publish Revised Research Ethics Policy


Call for abstracts: The Collaboration Conundrum: Special Interests and Scientific Research

November 5-6, 2015 at the University of Notre Dame

Historical scandals involving industry-funded research, together with empirical evidence of correlations in some areas of science between industry funding and research results favorable to industry have undermined trust in industry-funded science. And yet, it is unrealistic and wasteful to dismiss industry-funded research across the board as unreliable and unconcerned with the public good. What to do? Government reports and scholarly publications are currently extolling the value of public participation in scientific research, and a number of funding agencies are now encouraging initiatives such as community-based participatory research (CBPR). Could the participation of citizen groups in industry-funded research also prove valuable—to increase the relevance, reliability, and acceptability of industry research?

Papers are invited from scholars working in any area relevant to the conference topic, including the private sector, government, and non-profit organizations as well as academic disciplines within the sciences and humanities. Sample topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Historical and philosophical perspectives on collaborative research
  • Case studies of collaborative research efforts
  • Public perceptions of scientific research produced in a collaborative manner
  • Legal guidelines and regulations for handling research collaborations
  • Ethical principles for managing research collaborations
  • Empirical research on the results of research collaborations
  • Barriers and opportunities associated with collaborative research efforts

Abstract Submission

The abstract submission deadline is Monday, June 1, 2015. Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words. Abstracts will be refereed and results communicated to authors by June 30, 2015.

Abstract submission is electronic at: If you do not have an EasyChair account, you can create one. After logging in, click the ‘New Submission’ link. Add your abstract to the field provided. You can revise your submission any number of times before the deadline.

Bioethics Summer Courses

Join faculty from the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics this summer for weeklong courses in Bioethics, offered through the Berman Institute Bioethics Intensives (BI2) program. BI2 provides an engaging bioethics educational opportunity for current students; researchers; scholars; medical, legal, and policy professionals; and others. For more information and to register visit or contact

Call for Submissions: Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Studies of Science
Denver, Colorado, 11-14 November
Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) invites submissions for its 2015 conference in Denver, Colorado, November 11-14. There is no predetermined theme for the 4S conference. Individual abstracts and proposals for sessions should emphasize how they will make original and timely contributions to any theme relevant to science and technology studies (STS). It welcomes papers, session proposals, events, and video or film presentations that are innovative in their delivery, organization, range of topics, and type of public.

In addition to paper and session submissions, the 4Sinvites proposed presentations for a new meeting format and related award scalled “STS Making and Doing.”  The STS Making and Doing initiative aims to encourage 4S members to share scholarly practices of participation, engagement, and intervention in their fields of study. It highlights scholarly practices for producing and expressing STS knowledge and expertise that extend beyond the academic paper or book. Read the full Call here

Individual submission abstracts should be up to 250 words. They should include the main arguments, methodology, and their contribution to the STS literature. Paper titles should not exceed 10 words. Please list five key words to assist the program chair to group individual papers into a session. You may choose to submit your paper abstract to an open panel where you would prefer your paper to be included, or you can leave panel selection to the program chairs. You can find the descriptions presented here.

Session proposal abstracts should have a maximum of 250 words. Each session proposal should contain a summary and rationale, including a brief discussion of its contribution to STS. Session proposals should be designed to fit two-hour time slots. A typical session will contain six papers or five papers with a discussant. A minimum of three paper abstracts conforming to the above criteria for abstracts must be submitted for a proposed session. The program chair may assign additional papers to proposed sessions to meet the typical session composition. Each presenter in the session must have a user account in the submission system that includes name, affiliation, and contact information.

Submit paper, session, and making and doing proposals here.

Meeting home page

CEPE-IACAP 2015 Joint Conference
June 22-25 2015 at the University of Delaware

Philosophical and ethical enquiries about information technologies, computing, and artificial intelligence have acquired a focal place in the academic and societal debate on the design, development and deployment of technological artefacts. As the issues to be addressed are increasingly complex and interwoven, the need to consider different stakeholders and to endorse both multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches in addressing such problems become more pressing. For this reason, in 2015 INSEIT and IACAP will hold a joint meeting to offer the opportunity to members of both communities to exchange ideas and discuss issues of common interest.

The conference will be held on June 22-25, 2015 at the University of Delaware and will be hosted by Professor Tom Powers, Department of Philosophy, School of Public Policy and Administration and Delaware Biotechnology Institute, and Director of the Center for Science, Ethics & Public Policy, University of Delaware.

They invite abstract submissions (up to 3000 words) as well as proposals for symposia focusing on ethical and philosophical problems related to information technologies and computing. A selection of the papers presented during the meeting will be published in a volume of the ‘Synthese Library’ (Springer).

The conference theme is open to the following topics:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Artificial Life
  • Automated Warfare
  • Cognitive Science, Computation & Cognition
  • Computational Modeling in Science and Social Science
  • Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Ethical Problems and Societal Impact of Computation and Information
  • Ethics of Big Data
  • History of Computing
  • Information Culture and Society
  • Metaphysics of Computing
  • Philosophy of Information
  • Philosophy of Information Technology
  • Robotics
  • Virtual Reality

Extended Abstract submission: 15 February 2015
Notification of acceptance: 27 February 2015
Submission full paper for the conference proceedings: 1 August 2015
Symposia submission: 15 February 2015
Notification of acceptance: 2 March 2015

Submissions should be sent via EasyChair using the following link
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