Mini Workshops

The scientific programme of the Graphene Study 2017 includes three mini workshops on several topics, aiming to expand knowledge in regards to ethical aspects, publishing in well-known journals and innovation and technology transfer.

Ethics Workshop

Monday 26 June 2017, 14:30-16:30

Practical Implications of Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects on Graphene Research
Klaus-Michael Weltring, Gesellschaft für Bioanalytik Münster e. V., Germany

A basic researcher studying a new material such as Graphene with lots of promising features is usually focussed on exploring these features and their suitability for possible applications. In most cases he or she does not have any knowledge about the ethical, legal or social implications (ELSI) a promised application might have. One could argue that this is ok, since it is a long way from basic research to a product on a market and the basic researcher does now know and often cannot influence which product his/her material ends up with.

However, this argument is not really valid in view of the fact that, for example, many researchers promise wonderful applications as an important argument to get funding for their research. This creates a first ethical issue by raising unjustified hopes for users, which might not be fulfilled in due time or at all. Such dilemmas led to the formulation of the Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) concept, researchers should follow to develop their technology in a responsible way. The examples to learn about and discuss this principle during the workshop will be sensors for healthcare applications. The aim is to make students aware of the possible ELSI consequences of their research which they have not been confronted with and thought about so far. This will prepare them to make educated decisions about the direction and possible impact of their research in their future careers.

NATURE Workshop

Tuesday 27 June 2017, 14:30-15:20

Inside Nature-branded journals
Luke Fleet, Senior editor at Nature Physics, UK

Nature-branded journals continue to strive to publish and communicate the most striking advances in science to broad audiences. This workshop will give insight into the Nature-branded journals, their policies and procedures, and aims to help you to prepare manuscripts for journals with broad readerships.

Innovation Workshop

Tuesday 27 June 2017, 15:20-16:30

Training Session  - The basics of innovation and technology transfer

Thomas Reiss, Head of the Competence Center "Emerging Technologies" at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Fraunhofer ISI), Germany

He holds a doctoral degree in Molecular Biology from Freiburg University and joined Fraunhofer ISI in 1987. His research is focusing on innovation processes and innovation systems; monitoring, foresight and assessment of new technologies; and innovation policies. He is Work Package Deputy of WP Research Management of the Graphene Flagship and PI of the Technology and Innovation Roadmap. At the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) he gives lectures on the "Management of New Technologies"

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