CFP: 10th Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference 2020

Nov 14, 2019 by Matthew J. Brown

Please Note: The VMST Conference has been canceled due to COVID-19.

Call for Proposals / Call for Abstracts
The 10th Annual

Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Conference


The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
The University of Texas at Dallas
Richardson, Texas, USA

May 28-31, 2020

Conference Description

This interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the interplay between human, ethical, social, cultural, and political values, on the one hand, and science, technology, engineering, and medical research and practice, on the other hand. We invite presentations that seek not only to understand how values and science have and do influence one another, but also how they must and should influence one another (as well as types of influence that should be avoided). From this background, presentations that explore the relationship between science and the public and the relationship between science and social justice are also welcome. Finally, this conference ultimately seeks to promoting ethically responsible and socially beneficial scientific research and technological innovation, and critical reflection about the influence of science, technology, and medicine on our values, culture, practices, and worldviews.

Proposals from any disciplinary or theoretical approach that addresses these themes are welcome, and interdisciplinary and socially engaged work is particularly of interest.

This 10th annual conference will include a session celebrating 10 years of the VMST conference and the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Center.

Submission Details

Any proposals that address the relations of values and science, technology, or medicine are welcome. Proposals might include, but are not limited to, topics such as the role of values in science, the role of science in policy and politics, public trust of science, public interest science and technology, ethics of research, design, or practice, ethics education for scientists and engineers, or the influence of science, technology, and medicine over culture, values, human experience, the environment, religion, art, etc.

We seek proposals from any disciplinary or theoretical approach that addresses these themes and are especially interested in interdisciplinary and socially engaged work. In past years we have had presenters from the fields of philosophy, history, literary and cultural studies, and social studies of science and technology; bioethics and environmental ethics; and ethics education, just to name a few.

We invite submission of abstracts for traditional individual presentations (20 minutes), short-form presentations (such as lightning talks or poster session), panel proposals in a variety of formats including workshops and praxis-oriented sessions, and our dissertations-in-progress and books-in-progress feedback sessions. Proposals for traditional presentations that are not accepted in the main program will be automatically considered for presentation in a lightning talk or poster session.

Panel proposals should not be merely individual talks loosely grouped around a shared theme, but should have compelling reason to be considered as a whole; otherwise, they should be submitted separately. Panel proposals are not reviewed anonymously.

Proposals for individual presentations should include a 300-500 word abstract.

Panel proposals should include a 300-500 word abstract describing the panel as a whole, and should attach a 1-2 page document with abstracts for each presentation or a description of panel format and the contributions of each presenter, listing each presenter by name and affiliation. Panels will typically be limited to a maximum of 2 hours in length.

Submissions for books- and dissertations-in-progress sessions should include a 300-500 word abstract of the project and attach a 1-2 page document with additional information such as state of completion, timeline, outline, etc.

Submission Deadline: January February 15, 2020

Submit your proposals at:

Further Information

Multiple submissions will be considered within reason, but multiple appearances on the program will be limited. You will not be able to make multiple presentations of the same general kind, but you may be able to, e.g., present original research and in a more informal or praxis-focused session.

The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology works to foster diversity and inclusiveness in our programming, events, and outreach efforts. Proposal authors and panel organizers will be asked to submit an optional 50-100 word diversity statement with their submission. We will also publish a statement of Conference Aims, Values, and Norms and designate an ombuds for the conference, who can receive confidential reports of inappropriate behavior and work with the organizers to determine appropriate responses.

If you are interested in volunteering in some capacity rather than submitting a proposal, please email <>.

The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology is part of the School of Arts & Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. The Center’s mission is to understand, evaluate, and improve the ethical and cultural influences on and implications of science and technology. The VMST Conference is allied with the Consortium on Socially Relevant Philosophy of/in Science and Engineering (SRPoiSE).


All conference locations will be wheelchair accessible. Further accessibility information is TBD, depending on available campus facilities. More information will be available on the conference website once the venue has been selected. Feedback, queries, and requests are welcome at .