We are on the eve of innovation in technology design and biological engineering that will re-invent many aspects of life as we know it. Join Studium Generale for Wageningen Dialogues on Synthetic Biology.
We are on the eve of innovation in technology design and biological engineering that will re-invent many aspects of life as we know it. The emerging field of synthetic biology will not only allow us to redesign and engineer existing biological systems, but could even make it possible to come up with completely novel biological components and systems. We will be able to fundamentally alter the biological fabric of our world, with far-reaching implications for domains such as health, environment, energy and food. Spooky? Inspiring? Imagine that you can contribute to shaping how such innovation plays a role in the world of the future. If you think “I don’t know anything about this stuff”, then you’re wrong! What counts is what you think and why; your views on ‘doing science’ and responsibility, your wacky creative ideas, but also your convictions about the kind of society we aspire to. Join Studium Generale for Wageningen Dialogues on Synthetic Biology.
Imagining the Future
Thursday 12 October • 20:00 hrs
We begin with exploring the far corners of our imaginations for inspiration. Can you envision what directions synthetic biology could take in the future? What applications can you imagine and what purpose could they serve? What if you were in the driver’s seat with synthetic biology tools and methods at your fingertips? Or if somebody else were? Synthetic biology will no doubt affect our lives and shape our world – but how do you expect, hope or worry it will do so? Let your imagination run free and exchange ideas and views on what synthetic biology might mean to you and generations to come.
Wednesday 18 October • 20:00 hrs
The vast range of possibilities offered by synthetic biology innovation may evoke a wide range of responses: from excitement, aspiration and utopian views to worry, concern and controversy and beyond. This evening we will take a closer look at these responses, and reflect on their nature. What do our concerns, worries and images of the future tell us about what counts when it comes to shaping responsibility? How can we get a more concrete and sharp picture of what is at stake and of what dynamics, institutions and actors are involved? Exchange insights and perspectives which will contribute to ongoing discussions regarding responsible research and innovation.
All welcome. Attending the first session (12 October) is not a prerequisite for attending the second session (18 October). Seating is limited. English language event.