Organiser: ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Phoenix, AZ.

The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations and discussions on regulatory, governance, legal, policy, social and ethical aspects of emerging technologies, including (but not limited to) nanotechnology, synthetic biology, gene editing, biotechnology, genomics, personalized medicine, digital health, human enhancement technologies, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, data analytics, telecommunications, information technologies, surveillance technologies, technology & privacy, cybersecurity, geoengineering, neuroscience, military technologies, artificial intelligence, algorithms, autonomous cars, and robotics.

The conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for these various emerging technologies.

Call for abstracts: The co-sponsors invite submission of abstracts for proposed presentations.

Submitters of abstracts need not provide a written paper, although provision will be made for posting and possible post-conference publication of papers for those who are interested.

Although abstracts are invited for any aspect or topic relating to the governance of emerging technologies, including any of the technologies listed above.

We particularly encourage abstracts relating to this year’s two priority themes:

(i) internet of things, and

(ii) success stories in public engagement, international coordination, or soft law.

Please submit your abstract here: Submit Abstract.

  • Abstracts should not exceed 500 words and must contain your name and email address.
  • Abstracts must be submitted by January 31, 2018 to be considered.
  • The sponsors will pay for the conference registration (including all conference meals and events) for one presenter for each accepted abstract. In addition, we will have limited funds available for travel subsidies (application included in submission form).

If you have any questions please contact Lauren Burkhart at

Full details are here.