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European Biotechnology and Society Online Seminar Series

We have now reached the end of the European Biotechnology and Society Online Seminar Series, convened by the ERA Cofund on Biotechnology. Over the course of six weeks (from 30.09. – 04.11. 2020)  and six seminars, we were privileged to hear presentations from 12 groups of speakers and one discussant with diverse perspectives: scientists, philosophers, research funders, and social or interdisciplinary researchers. Speakers shared their practical and conceptual work on social, environmental, political and ethical dimensions of biotechnology in Europe. We were also delighted that each week more than 40 audience members joined us – and well over 60 on some occasions. Over the series there were over 200 unique registrants from 29 countries from Europe and beyond. Thank you for your participation!

We kept to a tight one-hour schedule to allow maximum attendance, but there were still opportunities for audience input and discussion between speakers. Interesting challenges and tensions in enacting responsible research and innovation (RRI) often emerged in discussions, including: What does it mean to innovate responsibly? How can RRI be adequately funded and supported? Whose responsibility is RRI? Should we even talk about “RRI” - is it a helpful term? And how do we innovate responsibly when many systems incentivise irresponsibility? Early feedback suggests that the audience valued the format, the variety of speakers, and the discussion sessions. We will continue to review feedback and communicate what we have learned from the series. We are also considering how this series might continue in the future.

Speakers, topics and materials

Wednesday 30th September - Seminar materials:

Wednesday 7th October

Wednesday 14th October

Wednesday 21st October

Wednesday 28th October

Wednesday 4th November

 

Reviews

Jonathan Hankins in collaboration with the Fondazione Giannino Bassetti, attended the European Biotechnology and Society Online Seminar Series and  published a review on the series in two parts.  

Follow the links below to find the reviews and learn more about the content of each seminar session.

European Biotechnology and Society Online Seminar Series - Review, Part 1
European Biotechnology and Society Online Seminar Series - Review, Part 2
 

 

ERA CoBioTech

Contact

For more information, contact the organizing team at rri-cobiotech(at)fnr.de

 

Agency for Renewable Resources (FNR) Germany

Dr Boris Vashev

Consultant EU/International Department

Responsible for BioTech Hub Workshops and Status Seminars in ERA CoBioTech

 

Dr Boris Vashev

The University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr Robert Smith

Research Fellow, Social Dimensions of Synthetic Biology

Science Technology and Innovation Studies, School of Social and Political Science

 

Dr Robert Smith

The University of Edinburgh, UK

Rosalind Attenborough

Research Assistant, Building Capacity for Resonsible Innovation in International Biotechnology Policy Organisations

Science Technology and Innovation Studies, School of Social and Political Science

 

Dr Rosalind Attenborough

Durham University, UK

Dr Zara Thokozani (Thoko) Kamwendo

Postdoctoral Research Associate 

St John’s College, Durham University

 

 

 

 

Dr Zara Thokozani (Thoko) Kamwendo

ERA CoBioTech has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 722361.

 

 

 

 

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