Biotechnology became an essential tool in the whole spectrum of life-sciences and contributing to solutions for a diverse range of societal problems and challenges. But how to stay on grip with these revolutionary developments? How disruptive are these new tools? How to avoid sterile pro-contra discussions? How to organize responsible innovation and develop a more reflexive science and innovation culture?
Speaker: Phil Macnaghten.
In order to answer these questions from research we need to organize an inclusive and deliberative framework for governance. We need public engagement for a firm grounding of the choices about biotechnical development. We need to deliberate about under what conditions the developments do offer potential for agricultural sustainability and inclusive development? And are these conditions plausible under real-world circumstances?
Phil Macnaghten has worked in the science in society field since the mid-1990s on a series of science and technology controversies, notably: GM food and crops, transgenic animals, nanotechnologies, synthetic biology, geoengineering and hydraulic fracking. He has developed in-depth qualitative methodologies for researching controversial technologies which, in turn, have informed the development of the Owen/Macnaghten Responsible Innovation framework which is being implemented across the portfolio of EPSRC-funded research. Currently working as Personal Professor in Technology and International Development at Wageningen University, Phil was previously an honorary professor at the University of Campinas (Brazil) (2012–2015) and Professor of Geography at Durham University (UK) (2006–2015).