2014 IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology, Ethics’2014
Friday-Saturday, 23-24 May, 2014
Chicago Marriott O’Hare, Chicago, IL, USA

Ethics – A Challenge to the Scientific and Engineering Community

Dear Colleagues,

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. Often, an answer to such challenges arises from brainstorming sessions and intense discussions. 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”?

Furthermore, ethical conduct has global and cultural perspectives. Could unethical conduct in one culture be acceptable in another? What is the difference between ethics and codes of conduct? 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?

With all these questions (and many others) in mind, we are delighted to announce that the first IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, Technology (IEEE Ethics 2014).

The IEEE Ethics 2014 Symposium aims to respond to the needs and aspirations of a rising global professional community and to promote highest standards of ethical conduct among its members.

The Symposium will offer a rich scientific program of highest quality with invited speakers from all over the world and intends to bring together scientists, engineers, ethicists and practitioners from different disciplines to discuss questions and concerns related to ethics in science, technology, and engineering. Issues will be explored both from a scientific point of view and from a social or individual aspect, including global, multicultural perspectives. The Symposium will enable participants to debate and reflect on issues facing scientists and engineers, and to address the importance of ethics in a diverse scientific and professional global community. Scientists, engineers and other professionals who have relevant experience to be shared are encouraged to participate in the Symposium which will provide a platform for exchange of views in three different formats: formal presentations, panel discussions, and small group discussions.

Workshops, tutorials, “Birds-of-a-Feather” provokquium panels and special invited sessions will be organized on stimulating topics. The Symposium will be accompanied by an exhibition.

The Theme of the Symposium is: “Ethics AND…”

Ethics isn’t practiced in a vacuum. At this symposium, we want to put ethics into different perspectives, put ethics to work in different contexts, and look at ethics from different vantage points. To that end, each of our tracks is labeled ‘Ethics and… X.’ We hope that you will find several of these X’s particularly interesting.

Prospective authors are invited to submit original, unpublished papers on their latest research results covering all aspects of Ethics in Science, Technology and Engineering.

We also solicit proposals for special paper sessions, panels, workshops and tutorials. Workshops and tutorials provide fundamental exposure to topics ranging from introductory through intermediate to advanced levels. They will be presented in two-to-three hour in-depth sessions at the Symposium.

Join us in the vibrant city of Chicago, IL, where you can combine “business with pleasure,” share your insight, ask questions and learn from the experts/innovators at the IEEE Ethics 2014 Symposium. Your published paper will be seen by thousands in the professional community and across the wide array of disciplines. In addition, all papers presented at IEEE Ethics 2014 Symposium will be submitted to IEEEXplore with unlimited exposure.

We invite you to take this opportunity to share your research – theoretical, practical and case studies. Plan to submit your paper proposal now.


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.

Please click on the “Abstract Submission” tab above for detailed instructions on submitting paper and poster abstracts and proposals for special paper sessions, panel sessions, open forums, workshops, and tutorials, and for templates for the Final Paper Manuscripts.

Authors’ and Session Proposers’ Submission Schedule

  • Abstracts for individual papers (500 words), Posters (500 words), Special Paper Session Proposals, Panel proposals, Tutorial proposals, and Workshop proposals are due by October 15, 2013.
  • Notification of Acceptance: November 30, 2013.
  • Final Paper Manuscripts for the Symposium Proceedings: February 26, 2014.

Download Call-for-Papers as PDF: CFP_Ethics2014 (1st announcement), CFP_Ethics2014_2 (deadline extended)