Nanoethics in a Nanolab: Ethics via Participation

TitleNanoethics in a Nanolab: Ethics via Participation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsTuma, JR
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Pagination983 - 1005
Date Published9/2013
ISSN Number1471-5546
KeywordsBIOETHICS , Case , Collaboration , Emerging Technologies , ENGINEERING , engineering ethics , MEMS , Nanoethics , NANOTECHNOLOGY , Participant-observer , philosophy of science , SCIENCE
AbstractA participant-observer who is both informed and interested in ethical issues, and is embedded within a nanotechnology research and development facility may be able to influence the ethical awareness of researchers in nanotechnology, and tease out the societal implications of the work being conducted. Two inter-disciplinary methods were employed: (1) regular involvement in the technical and scientific research at the facility by the participant-observer, and (2) repeated interactions and discussions between the participant-observer and the scientists. As a result of this qualitative approach, an ethics questionnaire was developed and tested. This questionnaire has been incorporated into the admissions procedures for researchers as they commence use of the nanotech facility. The questionnaire highlights the importance of ethical issues in nanotechnology research and draws researchers into an engagement with possible ethical consequences and with future societal implications of their work.
Short TitleSci Eng Ethics
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