New Tools for Science Policy
Societal Aspects of Synthetic Biology
Who should govern synthetic biology?
What are the ethical dimensions and visions for its desirable futures?
How could we facilitate better and closer collaboration and organization across the disciplines?
About the Seminar
April 24, 2015 8:30am—10:30am
Synthetic biology – one of a suite of emerging technologies like nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, geoengineering, and others – is considered to be potentially transformative. In November 2014, presenters David Guston (ASU) and Jenny Brian (ASU), along with Richard Murray (Caltech) organized a workshop in Tempe, AZ, to help explore and articulate research agendas in the societal aspects of synthetic biology. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the workshop gathered approximately 115 researchers from social and technical fields to generate, articulate, and disseminate ideas for research on the societal aspects of synthetic biology. Workshop participants considered questions about what to study (e.g. bioeconomy, biosecurity, sustainability, etc.), as well as with what methods (e.g. integrated or at-a-distance) and at what scale (e.g. individual investigator or center-level). At this seminar, Guston and Brian will present the initial results of that workshop and sketch out potential research agendas and scholarly and professional infrastructures to support an integrated research program that encourages awareness among all groups, facilitates better and closer collaboration and organization across the disciplines, and opens up possibilities for new research directions.
Presentation Slides: NewTools_Talk_24Apr2015_final
- Seminars are free and held at the ASU Washington Center, 1834 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009 from 8:30am–10:30am (breakfast provided).
- Presentation starts promptly at 9:00am. Seating is limited. To RSVP please send an email to [email protected] with the date of the seminar and identifying information.
Co-Director, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes
David H. Guston is co-director of the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. He is also the Foundation Professor and founding director of the School for the Future of Innovation in Society, and the Associate Vice Provost for Discovery, Engagement…
Honors Faculty Fellow, The Barrett Honors College, Arizona State University
Jenny Dyck Brian received her PhD in Biology and Society from Arizona State University. While at ASU, she worked in the Center for Biology and Society and the Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes. Her dissertation, which was supported by…
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