New Technologies, Ethics and Policy Engagement for Sustainable Development: Health & Human Well-Being (H&HWB)

Thursday, 17 December 2020, 10AM-2PM EST (GMT -5) Co-organized by IEEE TechEthics and the UN Department of Economic & Social Affairs

About this Event

New Technologies, Ethics and Policy Engagement for Sustainable Development is a new series conceived by IEEE TechEthics and UN-DESA as a way to facilitate and share technology solutions and promote substantive discussions among government officials and technologists. Each of these half-day, virtual events will focus on a theme related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and will engage policy makers, engineers, legal experts, ethicists, social scientists, and others in discussions about new technologies and their related societal impacts, as well as provide information on opportunities to become directly involved in ongoing activity and debate on the theme.

The first event in this new series will focus on Health & Human Well-Being. It is comprised of three sessions:

10:00AM-11:30AM (including opening remarks)
What are some of the most promising new and emerging technologies for health and human well-being? What is their development and demonstration status? What remains to be done? What scale of investment is needed? This session features presentations by leading technologists addressing these key questions and more. The presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion and Q&A session.
SPEAKERS: Paolo Bonato (Harvard Medical School), Sanna Gaspard (Rubitection), Randi Sumner (IEEE Strategy & Entrepreneurship, moderator)


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In order for technology to benefit humanity it needs to be universally available and accepted. Part of moving technology into widespread use is to address any ethical, legal and policy-related concerns that might arise. This panel discussion will address some of the key considerations of new and emerging technologies for health and human well-being.
SPEAKERS: Paulo Gadelha (Fiocruz), Hank Greely (Stanford University), Andrea Parker (Georgia Institute of Technology), Mark A. Vasquez (IEEE TechEthics, moderator)


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This roundtable session will provide information on how attendees can get engaged in the UN and its policy debates on technologies for health and human well-being, as well as similar engagement opportunities across various parts of IEEE.
SPEAKERS: Holly Schneider Brown (IEEE Corporate Activities, moderator), Spring Gombe (Technology Access Partnership), Shantanu Mukherjee (UN-DESA), Maria Palombini (IEEE Standards Association), Laura Specker Sullivan (IEEE Brain Initiative), Sampathkumar Veeraraghavan (IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee)

More information on each speaker is available below. (Click on the small arrow on the right to scroll through each speaker.)

Register on this page to RSVP for the entire event (all 3 sessions). If you are unable to attend the entire event and instead wish to register for a subset of individual sessions, you can scroll down to browse and individually register for those sessions.

Participating Organizations:
IEEE Brain Initiative
IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society
IEEE Entrepreneurship
IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee
IEEE Standards Association
IEEE TechEthics
UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs
UN Technology Bank for the Least Developed Countries
Sessions in this Event
  • H&HWB: New Technology Presentations
  • H&HWB: Ethical, Legal and Policy Considerations
  • H&HWB: Engagement Opportunities and Policy Debate Roundtable

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