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ELSA is a common research sub-area for the three specific programmes
The ELSA area is aimed at analysing the ethical and social issues raised by specific applications of biotechnology as well as biomedicine and health research in view of their being taken into account in public policy deliberations. It seeks to promote a rational and balanced pluralistic dialogue between key players. A multidisciplinary approach is indeed promoted, in which a dialogue is established between scientists, doctors, philosophers, theologians, lawyers, social scientists, animal protectionists, consumer and patient groups, industry, etc.
In summary, transdisciplinary approaches to selected topics for the current programmes are promoting research on :