The 2011 Northeastern University Workshop in Applied Philosophy will be held from September 30th – October 2nd at Northeastern University in Boston. The topic will be “Ethical issues in Engineering Biological and Ecological Systems.”

Biological and ecological problems are increasingly understood and approached from an engineering perspective. In environmental contexts this is exemplified in the discourses around geoengineering, designer ecosystems, and assisted colonization. In human health contexts it is exemplified in the discourses around synthetic biology, bionanotechnology, and human enhancement. This workshop will bring together ethicists, philosophers, and others working on issues related to engineering complex biological and ecological systems. The workshop is designed to provide speakers with constructive feedback from colleagues working on related issues.

For more details, visit the workshop page.