IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, ETHICS 2016

13-14 May 2016
Vancouver, British Columbia

With the evolution of science, technology and engineering, ethical problems often arise. Ethics and ethical conduct have become a critical issue in the 21st Century. Scientists, technologists and engineers of all ages, students as well as senior professionals, encounter ethical challenges in their professional and personal lives. Are ethics and morals the same? Are ethics and laws consistent? Could professional ethics in one discipline conflict with ethical conduct of another discipline? Should ethics be sacrificed for global “competitiveness”?

Ethical conduct has global and cultural perspectives. Could unethical conduct in one culture be acceptable in another? Are there principles that could be considered as valid through all cultures? Could we claim that the fundamental bases of ethics are independent of our origins?

Many of these questions (and many others) were discussed at ETHICS 2014, the first IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology.

The 2014 Symposium offered a rich scientific program of highest quality with speakers from all over the world and will bring together scientists, engineers, ethicists and practitioners from different disciplines to discuss questions and concerns related to ethics in science, technology, and engineering, both from a scientific point of view and from a social or individual aspect, including global, multicultural perspectives. With over 200 submissions and 100 accepted papers (50% acceptance rate) and patrons ranging from Boeing, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and several others, the IEEE ETHICS 2014 Symposium was a great success.

Building upon the success of the IEEE ETHICS 2014, theIEEE Ethics Symposium Steering Committee is now planning the IEEE ETHICS 2016 Symposium, hosted by the IEEE Vancouver Section in Vancouver, BC, Canada from 13-14 May 2016 in cooperation with the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia .

Additional information may be requested from:

ETHICS’2016 General Co-Chairs:
Dave Michelson


Ljiljana Trajkovic


ETHICS’2016 Program Chair:
Dan Steel


Charles Rubenstein
ETHICS’2016 Executive Chair and
Chairman, Steering Committee of the
IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology

Important Dates!

• Abstracts for individual papers (500 words), Posters (500 words), Special Paper Session Proposals,
   Panel proposals, Tutorial proposals, and Workshop proposals: (Sunday) November 15, 2015.
• Notification of Acceptance: (Sunday) November 29, 2015.
• Final Paper Manuscripts for the Symposium Proceedings: (Sunday) February 28, 2016.
• Conference:  Friday, 13 and Saturday, 14 May 2016, Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown

Topics of Interest!


Topics include but are not limited to the following areas:

Ethics Fundamentals

1. Ethics and Conflicts of Interest
2. Ethics and Whistleblowing
3. Ethics and the Idea of the Public (Does the Public end at the boundary of one’s nation?)
4. Ethics and Ethical Responsibility
5. Ethics and Professions in Science (e.g. Can science be a profession?)
6. Ethics and Biomedical Engineering (e.g., Can engineers have patients?)

Ethics in Science, Technology and Engineering Disciplines
7. Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Science, Technology and Engineering
8. Ethics and Emerging Technologies (biotechnology, nanotechnology, cognitive science, and robotics)
9. Ethics and Risk Management & Risk Communication
10. Ethics and Information & Communication Technology
11. Ethics and Computing and Software Engineering
12. Ethics and Energy Systems
13. Ethics and Biometrics

Ethics, Morality, Law and Culture
14. Ethics and Law & Regulation
15. Ethics and Technology Policy
16. Ethics and a World of Diverse Cultures
17. Ethics and the Culture of Science and Engineering
18. Ethics and Professional Societies (including Codes of Ethics)
19. Ethics and Compliance in Corporations
20. Ethics and Intellectual Property

Ethics, Society and Environment
21. Ethics and Social Issues (gender & ethnic diversity, peace studies, social justice, humanitarian engineering)
22. Ethics and Public Safety, Health and Welfare
23. Ethics and its Practice: ethics of a community versus individual ethics
24. Ethics and Environmental Concerns
25. Ethics and Sustainable Development

Ethics and Education
26. Ethics and Accreditation/Certification
27. Ethics and Young Researchers
28. Ethics and Education for Engineers and Scientists

Commercial or promotional papers are not acceptable.

Formal Paper and Session Formats

  • An individual paper presentation of with 5 pages (recommended, but not limited to) in the Symposium Record.
  • A special paper session with 3-4 papers on a related theme with 5 pages for each paper (recommended, but not limited to) in the Symposium Record.
  • A panel session on a specific topic with 3-4 panelists (no papers required but PowerPoint presentations may be included in the Symposium Record).
  • An “open forum” (poster) paper with up to 5 pages in the Symposium Record. Posters will be displayed with the author(s) present for informal presentation and discussions.
  • Workshops and tutorials.

Abstract Submission

Prospective authors are invited to submit original, unpublished English-language abstracts and session proposals. PDF format is preferred for all submissions.

A submission link will be enabled in early October.