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Ethical, legal and social aspects of biotechnology, nanotechnology and cognitive science - ELSA

In 2008 the Research Council will launch a new programme for research into ethical, legal and social aspects of new technologies. With its focus on biotechnology, nanotechnology and cognitive science, the programme represents an exciting avenue of study, with some highly significant challenges. 
The new ELSA programme (Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects) consolidates and continues the research activities which up to now have been divided between the Ethics, Society and Biotechnology programme and the Large-scale Programmes FUGE (National Programme for Research in Functional Genomics in Norway) and NANOMAT (Nanotechnology and New Materials). The new ELSA programme will collaborate closely with FUGE and NANOMAT.

A planning group appointed by the Research Council of Norway made a report that prepared the establishment of the new programme. The interdisciplinary planning group was chaired by Professor of philosophy Dagfinn Føllesdal. The report of the planning group described a broad range of challenges facing ELSA-research related to biotechnology, nanotechnology and cognitive sciences, and made recommendations on how such research should be organised in the future.

Appointed in September 2007, the new ELSA programme's board includes several international experts in the field.

The working language for the programme will be English, which means that the primary source for information will be the English web pages.

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