Ethical, legal and social aspects of biotechnology (elsa norway) Work programme The Research Council of Norway Division of Culture and Society January 2002 Foreword



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Ethical, legal and social aspects of biotechnology (ELSA - Norway)



Work programme
The Research Council of Norway

Division of Culture and Society
January 2002

Foreword
In 2000, all the divisions in the Research Council of Norway assessed the initiation of a new research programme: Ethical, legal and social aspects of biotechnology, under the administration of the Culture and Society Division. A planning committee was appointed to study the investment in detail, and the committee submitted its report in December 2000. The report was considered by all the divisions in the Research Council, and the new programme was included in the draft budget for 2002. A Programme Committee was appointed on 9 May 2001, and during autumn 2001 it compiled the work programme, which was approved by the Research Board of the Culture and Society Division at its meeting of 8 November 2001.
The Programme Committee consists of:


  • Professor Raino Malnes, Department of Political Science, University of Oslo (chair)

  • Professor Jan Fridthjof Bernt, Department of Legal Science, University of Bergen

  • Adviser Grete Gjertsen, Ministry of Health

  • Investment adviser Geir Gogstad, Startfondet

  • Professor Anne-Brit Kolstø, Biotechnology Centre of Oslo

  • Associate Professor Bjørn Myskja, Department of Philosophy, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

  • Professor Lisbeth Tranebjærg, Institute of Medical Biochemistry and Genetics (IMBG), Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen / Department of Medical Genetics, University Hospital of Tromsø

  • Deputy Director General Guri Tveito, Ministry of the Environment

  • Senior Adviser Ruth Kleppe Aakvaag, Oslo

  • Professor Reidunn Aalen, Department of Biology, University of Oslo

  • Observer from the Biotechnology Co-ordinating Committee, Research Council of Norway

Adviser Helge Rynning is the programme co-ordinator and contact person at the Research Council of Norway.


Oslo, January 2002


Contents



2.1 Issues for research 7

(1) The application of modern biotechnology in human medicine 7

(2) The use of modern biotechnology in breeding animals and modifying plants and in marine food production 9

(3) The commercial exploitation of modern biotechnology 9

(4) Laws and regimes of regulation 11

(5) Information and communication; public debate and political decisions 11

(6) The issue of gender 12

(7) Diversity in cultural and ethnic aspects 12

2.2 Analytical perspectives 13

(1) The contribution of social science and the humanities 13

(2) The contribution of applied ethics 14

3. The objectives of the programme 15

4. Examples of research topics 16

5. Organisation and funding mechanisms 18

5.1 Recruitment and generation of knowledge 18

5.2 Institutional strategy 19

5.3 International strategy 19

5.4 Publication and communication 20

5.5 Co-ordination with other programmes 21

5.6 Schedule and funding 21







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