19 Sep 2014
Which concepts of life, which values and worldviews underlie the design and engineering of novel life-forms? What could be the conceptual, ethical, and social implications of a widespread use of synthetic biology? To what ends should synthetic biology be deployed?
Consequences and implications of synthetic biology have been researched by philosophers and social scientists alike – often at the request of biologists sensitive to the political and economical need for the public acceptance of their research. Yet, how can research policies help to maintain a plurality of evaluative positions?
Join the discussion of what synthetic biology is all about, of its metaphors of creating life, its visions of saving lives, and of the question how social consequences of new techno-scientific fields can or should be evaluated.
Arnold Sauter (Deputy Head of the Office of Technology Assessment (TAB) at the German Bundestag and Leader of the TAB project ‘Synthetic Biology’)
Inna Kouper (research scientist at Indiana University, Pervasive Technology Institute)
Sheref S. Mansy (assistant professor of biochemistry at the Centre for Integrative Biology, University of Trento, working on artificial chemical systems that mimic cellular life)
Röbbe Wünschiers (professor of biotechnology at the University of Applied Sciences Mittweida, applying a synthetic biology approach to utilize solar energy for hydrogen gas production with cyanobacteria)
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Sheref S. Mansy
Organized byKristin Hagen
In EnglishFirst published on: https://www.ici-berlin.org/events/synthetic-biology/
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