Why is it important to discuss ethics and policy of science in Seattle?

Seattle is a leader in scientific research.Seattle is one of the top five biotechnology centers in the country. Seattle and Washington are encouraging further growth in the industry. With all of our resident experts and broad community interest, Seattle is the ideal place for a discussion about science and its role in society.

The way science is used – or is not used – presents ethical challenges In some instances, regulatory policies are necessary to ensure appropriate use of scientific knowledge. FOSEP will discuss how we have addressed challenges in the past, the challenges we face today, and how current and proposed policies can best use science in the service of society.

Science shouldn’t happen in a vacuum except when necessary in a physics lab! Scientists should be able to discuss and evaluate how their science fits into the “big picture”, understand how science policy decisions are made and appreciate how those decisions might affect the direction of scientific research.

Scientists should provide a non-technical translation and evaluation of scientific information to the public and policymakers. Although scientific research is funded largely by taxpayer dollars, most scientific findings are published in a “language” of jargon in paid-subscription journals that can only be understood by a handful of experts. FOSEP seminars will help scientists with their “translations” and will help non-scientists understand both the process of scientific research and some helpful “science lingo.”

Policies should be based on the best available scientific knowledge and informed by various stakeholders – scientists, bioethicists, legal experts, and the general public. FOSEP will bring these groups together to discuss numerous issues.