and cooperation of the scientific community within itself
as well as with those who put their ideas, discoveries,
and inventions to practical use is essential for rapid progress.
Without such coordination and cooperation, progress can
be slow and awkward. BioVisionAlexandria 2004 will be an
all-embracing examination of the relationships between the
New Life Sciences and development. It will address the key
Healthcare and the Poor
Agriculture and Safe Food Sufficiency
Exploiting Biodiversity and Protecting the Environment
Trade, Patents and Developing Countries
addition, special sessions on ethics, patents, and the poor will
What are our moral obligations in the realm
What limits should we set in exploring biotechnology?
What obligations do we have when applying current
Should scientific knowledge be universally
shared or should discovery and information be exclusive to
- What kind of influence do patents have on science
and its applications?
- Should there be limits placed on patents?
- Who benefits from patents and who suffers losses?
- How can patents be used to balance between the encouragement
of science exploration and provision
for the poor?
- What can we profit from our poor force?
- What can be achieved from improving their well-being?
- The majority of people in the world are impoverished. By improving
health and education, can we increase, both in size and strength,
our global workforce and global productivity?
- Where should the focus of biotechnology be in attempting to
alleviate the burden of poverty?
- Will biotechnology help the impoverished, or will it increase
the gap between the rich and the Poor?
of the world’s natural resources
are in less developed and poverty-ridden nations. Lack of quality
education and healthcare prevents optimal extraction and utilization
of these resources, which in turn slows down growth and development
in these nations. Should biotechnological advancements be applied
to attempt to rectify this inefficiency?
experts from all over the globe who not only represent virtually
all aspects of BioSciences, their applications, and their regulations,
but the many nations of the world as well, will come together
to discuss the different topics of the BioVisionAlexandria 2004
conference: “The New Life Sciences:
Ethics, Patents, and the Poor”.
BioVisionAlexandria 2004 will be importing the highest
caliber of experts in the field of biotechnology.
The goal of this conference will be to promote
the active exchange of biotechnological information, innovation,
and new ideas in order to benefit the world as a whole. It will
include representatives from the scientific, academic, governmental
and industrial communities. Due to this multilateral approach,
the conference will provide more than a limited forum for scientists
to share research and information among themselves. The conference
will facilitate the interactions between those who provide biotechnological
information with those who govern its regulation and application.
BioVisionAlexandria conference is especially attuned to the needs
and capabilities of the less developed nations, and will strive
to achieve growth and progress for these nations as well as for
the rest of the world. The
Bibliotheca Alexandrina is honored to host such a prestigious event,
so join us, and together let us work towards a better, healthier
and safer world for us and for our children.
you in Alexandria in April 2004 !