NE3LS is one of the worst abbreviations I’ve ever seen but, despite my opinion, it ([Nanotechnology] Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal and Social Issues—NE3LS) lives on. This March 12, 2012 posting on the Nanotechnology Development blog announces the 1st Nanotechnology NE3LS conference in November 2012,
Ne3LS Network (Network on ethical, environmental, economic and legal and social issues pertaining to nanotechnology) is organizing first International conference with the theme “The Responsible Development of Nanotechnology: Challenges and Perspectives”. The conference will held at Montréal, Canada during November 1-2, 2012.
I have noted the difference between my guess as to what the N in NE3LS stands for and the Nanotechnology Development blog’s rendition. I’d usually stick with mine since there is an NE3LS research project at the National Institute of Nanotechnology and it’s highly unlikely that N stands for network but the conference organizers are the ones claiming the N stands for Network on the conference home page.
The NE3LS Network was launched in March 2011 in Montréal, from the launch webpage,
The launch of the Ne3LS Network (Knowledge Network on the Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal and Social issues regarding Nanotechnology) took place on March 9, 2011. Guests of honour at this event included Dr. Fabrice Brunet, Director of the CHU Sainte-Justine, Dr. Guy Rouleau, Director of the CHU Sainte-Justine Research Center, Dr. Joseph Hubert, Vice-Rector of Research and International Relations at the University of Montreal, Mr. Yves Joanette, President and CEO of the Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec (FRSQ), Mrs. Marie Larue, President and CEO of the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) and Mr. Luc Castonguay, Director of Academic Research at the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade (MDEIE). The Ne3LS Network is the result of a collaboration between Québec’s research funding organizations, the MDEIE, the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) and NanoQuébec.
Mr. Charles-Anica Endo, Executive Director, and Dr. Renaldo Battista, Scientific Director, took this opportunity to announce the winners of the network’s first call for projects, held in December 2010. In addition, the Axis Directors presented the multiple dimensions of nanotechnology, from their very definition to their governance and their associated risks. Attendees also had the privilege of hearing two world-renowned nanotechnology researchers, Mrs. Céline Lafontaine, sociologist, and Dr. Richard Martel, chemist.
One of the keynote speakers at the March 9, 2011 event, Céline Lafontaine, was mentioned here in my March 10, 2010 posting (scroll about 1/3 of the way down) in the context of the 2009 nanotechnology debates in France, which had been seriously disrupted to the point where some were cancelled.
Getting back to the NE3LS conference in Montréal, here’s a bit more information, from the conference home page,
The Network on ethical, environmental, economic, legal and social issues regarding nanotechnology development (Ne3LS) is hosting an international conference to initiate thought-provoking discussion on the responsible development of nanotechnology. The Ne3LS Network International Conference 2012 will explore the following themes within an international and multidisciplinary framework:
- How to assess the risks of nanotechnology, scientific, economic, social, or environmental
- Governance: What are the responsibilities of researchers, industry, government, and the general public in the development of nanotechnologies? What is the contribution of industry to the development of standards and regulations?
- Can responsible development of nanotechnology foster innovation and contribute to economic development?
- What are the impacts of nanomedicine and nanohealth on the health care system?
- How can the public be best informed and consulted on nanotechnology issues?
Invited speakers will address each of these topics.
There is a Call for Papers Theme webpage with this,
… the international conference has issued a call for abstracts to address the following subthemes at concurrent sessions:
- Toxicity: new methods, new concepts?
- Occupational health and safety: how to adapt to nanotechnologies
- What are the environmental risks?
- Innovation and the economy and the challenges of globalization
- Public-private partnerships in risk-sharing?
- Nano-health: toward privatization of medical services?
- International regulations and political issues
- National regulatory standards: free exchange or “no data, no market”?
- Ethics: the precautionary principle and sustainable development of nanotechnologies
- Educate whom and how?
- What modalities could be used for public consultation and to what end?
- Nanofoods: can the genetically-modified food (GMO) scenario be avoided?
Here are the guidelines,
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
- All presentations will be in English
- The topic must be relevant to one of the 12 subthemes described in the Ne3LS Network International Conference 2012, Themes
- Each oral presentation will be 20 minutes, followed by a 10-minute question period
- Poster presentations will also be available
- Abstracts will be selected as oral or poster presentation, at the discretion of the selection committee.
- Abstracts must be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those submitted by any other means will not be considered.
- Closing date: all submissions must be received by Monday May 14, 2012
- Cover letter: Please attach a cover letter specifying
- Corresponding author: full name, address, telephone number, fax (if applicable), and email address
- A short one-paragraph bio for each author, indicating relevant expertise and interest in the topic
- Format: Word file
- Language: English
- Word count: maximum 250 words
- Structured as follows:
- Author(s) (Last name, first name)
- Title of presentation
- Author affiliations (institution, country)
- 3-5 keywords
- Font: standard font to prevent special characters from getting lost, e.g. Arial or Times New Roman, 12-point
- In submitting an abstract, the author(s) agree that the abstract may be published among other documents associated with the Ne3LS Network International Conference 2012, Montreal, Canada.
- Submissions will be evaluated by an international, multidisciplinary scientific committee
- Principal criteria for selection will be:
- Quality of the abstract
- Relevance to the general themes and, more specifically, to the subthemes described in the Ne3LS Network International Conference 2012, Themes
- Corresponding authors will be notified of acceptance by email by June 29, 2012
- Notification of acceptance will indicate whether the presentation was selected as an oral or poster presentation
- Authors whose abstracts are selected are expected to pay their registration fees at the latest by July 15, 2012.
You have almost two months to write up your abstract (nice to stumble across something a little earlier than usual so I’m not announcing a deadline that comes due in three days). Good luck!
For those who prefer French language information, here’s a link to the NE3LS (Réseau de connaisannces) French version website.