8th Annual International Bioethics Forum: Sustainability

April 23-24, 2009

BioPharmaceutical Technology Center (Promega)

Madison, WI

Registration Required, Scholarships Available


Join us for a lively two days of information-sharing and discussion regarding this important – and often challenging (and sometimes controversial) – topic!  This year’s program is designed to allow participants to explore these questions:

  • How do we define “sustainability” and what are the causes of “unsustainability?”
  • What are the most relevant technologies for us to understand?
  • How are various sectors and organizations responding to these issues, e.g. governmental units, research/educational institutions, businesses and faith communities?
  • What is the role of the individual decision-maker? Does what one person does – or does not do – matter?


  • Jaimie P. Cloud, M.A. (President, The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education)
  • Calvin B. DeWitt, Ph.D. (Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison)
  • Lewis S. Gilbert, Ph. D. (Associate Director, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison)
  • Regina Hauser, J.D. (Executive Director, Oregon Natural Step Network)
  • Mary Ann Lazarus (Senior Vice President, Sustainable Design Director, HOK)
  • Robert Streiffer, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Department of Medical History and Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison)
  • Paul B. Thompson, Ph.D. (Professor, W.K. Kellogg Chair in Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics, Michigan State University)

WAGE Senior Fellows and affiliates will be leading some of the breakout sessions.
Download the event brochure here – (If the brochure takes too long to download, try the low resolution version).

More information, including a schedule and speaker list, is available here.
Registration is required and can be done online.

Sponsors: Center for World Affairs and the Global Economy (WAGE) , BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute, Promega Corporation, Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Madison Area Technical College, WTN Media, BioForward, FOTODYNE Inc., Gateway Technical College, UW Madison MS in Biotechnology Program, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Arbor House: An Environmental Inn, City of Fitchburg, Craig Cristianson, Fitchburg Center, Madison Children’s Museum, The Madison Gas and Electric Foundation, Inc., Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP, Restaino & Associates Relocation Division, Strang, Inc., Sustain Dane, THRIVE,  UW-Madison Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) , Division of International Studies, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Gathering Waters Conservancy, UW-Madison Small Business Development Center, Wisconsin Council of Churches, and Wisconsin Green Building Alliance.