The Call for 2021 Abstracts is Open 

About GETS

This unique and innovative conference, now in its ninth year, addresses the ethical, legal, regulatory, and policy issues that surround the emergence of new technologies and scientific advances. Drawing on the combined expertise of leaders in academia, industry, and government, this conference focuses on finding governance solutions for rapidly changing technologies. In recent years, these discussions have covered the broadest possible range of technologies and scientific study, including nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, the internet of things, human-machine interfaces, neuroscience, synthetic biology, genomics, personalized medicine, telemedicine, human enhancement, gene editing, surveillance, national security, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, autonomous weapon systems, and so on. The value we have uncovered in combining such a variety of subjects is that governance strategies and lessons learned in one field can often be applied to others in ways that generate new breakthroughs. This conference has thus become a go-to event for forward-looking policy makers, technologists, and business leaders who are at the forefront of a changing world. The GETS conference is premised on the belief that there is much to be learned and shared from and across the governance experience and proposals for various rapidly emerging new technologies. It is a truly interdisciplinary conference of scientists, lawyers, regulators, philosophers, ethicists, and more.

Recent topics have included:

Artificial Intelligence

Autonomous Vehicles

Internet of Things (IoT)

Personalized Medicine

Synthetic biology

Virtual/Augmented Reality

  • 3D printing
  • Autonomous Weapon Systems
  • Blockchain
  • Brain-machine interfaces
  • Gene editing
  • Genomics
  • Human enhancement
  • Nanotechnology
  • National Security
  • Neuroscience
  • Quantum Computing
  • Robotics
  • Surveillance technologies
  • Telemedicine
  • and more . . .

Views from past conferences . . .

concurrent Sessions

Leading scholars from around the world gather at GETS to discuss their latest  research. Last year’s sessions featured nearly 100 presentations by authors of accepted abstract submissions. 

plenary Sessions

Invited panels of internationally recognized experts share their insights on technology governance to attendees in several plenary sessions during the conference.

Student Poster Session

A highlight each year is our student poster session and conference reception, where students present on their research to leading academics and practitioners.

Mark Your Calendar for 2021