On 17-19 May, Sally Randles from Manchester Metropolitan University, on behalf of SMART-map, took part in the fifth annual conference on “Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics”, held in Phoenix (Arizona).
The conference was an occasion to discuss regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including synthetic biology, gene editing and personalized medicine. Among the keynote speakers were Gillian Hadfield (Director of the USC Center for Law and Social Science), Shobita Parthasarathy (Associate Professor of Public Policy and Women’s Studies and Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at the University of Michigan), Stuart Russell (computer scientist known for his contributions to artificial intelligence) and Craig Shank (Vice President for Corporate Standards Group in Microsoft’s Corporate, External and Legal Affairs (CELA) ).
On 17 May, Randles attended the session “International governance” where she presented the design, methodology and preliminary results from the evaluation of the SMART-map project. She described the philosophy, theory and purpose of the formative evaluation, which provides early feedback and adjustment of the project and supports participants’ engagement. She also presented results from the pre-Dialogue interviews and post-Dialogue feedback forms.