27th Forum of the National Ethics and Bioethics Councils
Emerging challenges in the fields of science, technology and medicine are ever expanding, often in unexpected directions and offering the possibility of profound and lasting changes. Ethics, as a partner of progress, takes on even greater relevance in areas that seem to require extraordinary prudence at a time when existential choices are to be made, with prolonged impact on individuals, families, societies and the environment.
From the onset, the NEC Forum experts have worked in tandem to generate knowledge that leads to practical wisdom, thinking about how such a platform can contribute to an intellectual, moral and civic ecology, favourable to inclusive and tolerant reflection. The CNECV, as an independent body working in liaison with the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic, aims to strengthen this collective debate and help prepare the path to our common future.
The 27 NEC Forum was jointly organised by Conselho Nacional de Ética para as Ciências da Vida/The National Council of Ethics for the Life Sciences (CNECV) and the European Commission, within the framework of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The event took place from 19 to 20 May 2021 as a non-public fully virtual meeting. The two-day work program was focus on ethical issues of emerging technologies, such as AI and Robotics, social media platforms, environmental ethics and dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic moving forward. A presentation on “Ethics Reviews of Research Projects Outside the Field of Biomedical Research” closed our scientific program.
Here you can find the NEC Forum Summary and key messages.