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MongolEthics

Ethics in Mongolian and South-East Asian Science and Technology

MongolEthics explores the concepts and issues surrounding ethics in science and technology in Mongolia and as a by product, in the wider region of South-East Asia.

The region is at a cross-road of economic transition while its well-educated scientific human base is faced with a host of new ethical issues in modern technologies and their applications that they are little prepared to deal with. The project provides a chance to analyse and debate these issues while learning from the experience gathered in Europe and elsewhere in developing economies. A group of experts representing a wide disciplinary and geographical experience related to the subject, will provide input in the process of kick-starting a national debate on ethics in science and technology in Mongolia. A main output of this debate will be concrete policy recommendations for an ethics in science action plan that could be included in the forthcoming Mongolian national science and technology strategy. The active participation in this debate of other South-East Asian countries will also form a starting point for similar debates in the wider region as well as similar national initiatives.

MongolEthics has three main objectives

To promote and support the introduction of a national debate on the issue of ethical and social implications of scientific and technological developments in Mongolia with a view to inform national policy.

To instigate a wider regional debate in South East Asia that can be reproduced in various national contexts.
To offer the Mongolian government recommendations for the creation of a national action plan in science and society.

Project Lead

Dr Miltos Ladikas, Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, UK, Principal Investigator

Partners

Mr Amaraa Amarbayasgalan, National Commission for UNESCO, Mongolia, Member

Funders

This research project is funded by the European Community's Sixth Framework Programme.

Timeline

2006-2007

Further Information

UCLan coverage (.pdf 29KB)

National Debate

Science Governance and Ethics conference, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The MongolEthics project organised a conference, Science Governance and Ethics, in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on June 26th- 27th 2007, in collaboration with UNESCO, the Mongolian Ministry of Science and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences.

Speakers at the conference included experts from Europe, China and The Philippines as well as local decision makers. The conference was opened by the Mongolian Minister of Science and was well-attended by the national policy making and academic elite.

The themes of the conference covered issues of ethics in Science & Technology (S&T), bioethics, advisory structures in S&T policy making, the legal environment of national master plans and S&T priorities in developing countries. The results of the conference will be published in UNESCO’s Science Policy series.

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MongolEthics conference

Standing from left:

Prof. Guido Van Steendam; Director, International Forum for Bio philosophy, Leuven University, Belgium
Dr. Leo Hennen; Coordinator, European Technology Assessment Group, European Parliament
Dr. R. Jayakumar; Head, Science Program, UNESCO Beijing
Prof. Huanming Yang; Director, Beijing Genomics Institute, China
Dr. Niall Scott; Lecturer, Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Dr. D.Amarbayasgalan; Head, Science Program, National Commission for UNESCO, Mongolia
Dr. Zhu Xinghua; Assistant Professor, National Research Centre for Science and Technology for Development, Ministry of Science and Technology, China
Dr. Miltos Ladikas; MongolEthics Coordinator, Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Dr. Cheng Guangyu; Assistant Professor, National Research Centre for Science and Technology for Development, Ministry of Science and Technology, China
Dr. S. Saran; Head, Department of International Cooperation, Mongolian Academy of Sciences
Prof. Fatima Alvarez-Castillo; Head, Arts & Science Research Programme, University of the Philippines
Prof. Zhao Gang; Head, Soft Sciences Department, National Research Centre for Science and Technology for Development, Ministry of Science and Technology, China

MongolEthics main speakers

Main Speakers, sitting from left:

Dr. Niall Scott; Lecturer, Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Prof. Huanming Yang; Director, Beijing Genomics Institute, China
Prof. Guido Van Steendam; Director, International Forum for Bio philosophy, Leuven University, Belgium
Dr. U. Enkhtuvshin, Minister of Education, Culture and Science of Mongolia
Dr. Miltos Ladikas; MongolEthics Coordinator, Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Dr. R. Jayakumar; Head, Science Program, UNESCO Beijing
Prof. B. Chadraa; President, Mongolian Academy of Sciences
Dr. B. Enkhtuvshin; Director, S&T Department, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Mongolia