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feb 2018

Message from the Editor
Heather Love, Editor, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) Newsletter

February brings you this short and sweet issue of the SSIT newsletter, with information about conference and publication opportunities. In particular, be sure to check out the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) announcement!

As always, if you have a news item, SSIT-related update, volunteer opportunity, Call for Papers, award notice, or idea for a "Feature Article," please contact me at Submissions for the March 2018 newsletter are due by 20 February 2018.

The following upcoming conferences should be of interest to many SSIT members:

Global Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Leadership Summit: Call for Participants
19-20 March 2018, Atlanta, GA, USA

This two-day summit is dedicated to giving women in STEM access to powerful tools, strategies, and connections to advance their careers and their lives. Partnering with the University of Georgia, AT&T, ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB) and Northrup Grumman, as well as a number of corporations, women and professional organizations, and higher education institutions. This Summit convenes over 300 entrepreneur, academic, and business women in technological and scientific fields from around the globe.

Additional information is available online, questions can be directed to Summit Founder and Chair, Takoi K. Hamrita, at or +1 706 542-1973.

9th International Conference on Ethics in Biology, Engineering, and Medicine
14-15 April 2018, Miami, FL, USA

The 9th International Conference on Ethics in Biology, Engineering, and Medicine will be held at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, FL, USA, 14-15 April 2018. This conference has been endorsed and technically co-sponsored by IEEE/SSIT and many other professional societies and institutions.

More information is available at the conference website.

13th Annual IST-Africa Week 2018
8-11 May 2018, Southern Africa

Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, IST-Africa 2018 is the 13th in an annual series of Ministerial level Technology Research, Innovation and Sustainable Development Conferences.

IST-Africa provides a platform in Africa to strengthen ICT-enabled Innovation, Science and Technology related policy dialogues within Africa and between Africa, Europe and the rest of the world, as well as Sustainable Development, Research and Innovation Cooperation and Community Building. It also provides an opportunity to identify potential partners for future research and innovation cooperation under Horizon 2020. IST-Africa is a unique community that brings together cross-disciplinary stakeholders from public, private, education and research, and societal sectors with end user communities focused on ICT and STI Research and Innovation.

Thematic areas include: eHealth/mHealth; Technology-enhanced Learning; eAgriculture/mAgriculture; eInfrastructures and NRENs; Energy; Next Generation Computing (Big Data, Cloud Computing, Future Internet, Internet of Things); eGovernment; Content Technologies (Languages, Digital Preservation); Cyber Security; Collaborative Open Innovation and ICT-enabled Entrepreneurship; Sustainable Development including ICT4D and Societal Implications of Technology.

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Sixth Annual Governance of Emerging Technologies and Science (GETS) Conference
16-18 May, 2018, Tempe, AZ, USA

The Sixth Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies and Science (GETS): Law, Policy and Ethics is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience for various emerging technologies.

The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to): nanotechnology, synthetic biology, gene editing, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, digital health, human enhancement technologies, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, data analytics, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, technology and privacy, cybersecurity, geoengineering, neuroscience, military technologies, artificial intelligence, algorithms, autonomous cars, and robotics.

Keynote speakers include:
  • Larry Downes, co-author of Big Bang Disruption: Strategy in the Age of Devastating Innovation
  • Danielle Keats Citron, Morton and Sophia Macht Professor of Law, University of Maryland Carey School of Law
  • Eric Kochi, Co-Founder, UNICEF Innovation

Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) Seventh Biennial Conference
29 June-2 July 2018, Ghent, Belgium

The Society for Philosophy of Science in Practice (SPSP) is an interdisciplinary community of scholars who approach the philosophy of science with a focus on scientific practice and the practical uses of scientific knowledge. For further details on our objectives, see our mission statement.

The SPSP conference will be held at the University of Ghent and provides a broad forum for scholars committed to making detailed and systematic studies of scientific practices - neither dismissing concerns about truth and rationality, nor ignoring contextual and pragmatic factors. The conference aims at cutting through traditional disciplinary barriers and developing novel approaches. We welcome contributions from not only philosophers of science, but also philosophers working in epistemology and ethics, as well as the philosophy of engineering, technology, medicine, agriculture, and other practical fields. Additionally, we welcome contributions from historians and sociologists of science, pure and applied scientists, and any others with an interest in philosophical questions regarding scientific practice.

Keynote speakers at the 2018 conference include:
  • William Bechtel, University of California at San Diego
  • Sabina Leonelli, University of Exeter
  • Maarten van Dyck, University of Ghent
  • Alison Wylie, University of British Columbia

SPSP 2017-18 Organizing Committee:
  • Chiara Ambrosio, University College, London
  • Rachel Ankeny, University of Adelaide
  • Justin Biddle, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Till Grüne-Yanoff, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm
  • Sabina Leonelli, University of Exeter
  • Matthew Lund, Rowan University
  • Joseph Rouse, Wesleyan University

Save the Date for ISTAS 2018!

The 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) has been confirmed for the 13-14 November at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Visit the ISTAS 2018 website; and stay tuned for more updates in future newsletters.

Publish your Ethical Dilemma

The IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology has partnered with the IEEE Life Members Committee (LMC) to publish accounts of Society members' experiences grappling with ethical dilemmas in professional contexts. If you have an experience that involved navigating an ethical dilemma, consider sharing it with your colleagues through the SSIT or LMC newsletters.

A joint SSIT/LMC committee will vet all initial submissions, and authors will work with the editors of the two publications to finalize their submissions. Accepted Ethical Dilemma articles will be published simultaneously in the June and December issues of both newsletters.

Article submissions must be between 300 and 500 words in Word format. The IEEE Legal Department requires that all articles be fully sanitized to protect the privacy of people and organizations.

Submit manuscripts to Stacey Waters, IEEE Project Manager, at

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