Scientific Innovation in the Biosociety: Current Responsibilities, Future Promises

Postgraduate Forum on Genetics and Society (PFGS) Colloquium 13

University of Leeds; 24th-25th June 2013

Registration now open! Just a few places left!

Keynote speakers:

Prof. Anne Kerr (University of Leeds)

Prof. Jackie Leach Scully (Newcastle University)

Prof. Paul Martin (University of Sheffield)

Prof. Andy Miah (University of the West of Scotland)

Prof. Bronwyn Parry (King?s College)

The Postgraduate Forum on Genetics and Society, in conjunction with the Leeds Social Sciences Institute and the Leeds University Postgraduate Society, is pleased to invite all postgraduates and early career scholars doing research on the broad theme of scientific innovation and its implications to its 13th Colloquium, to be held at the University of Leeds. PFGS colloquia are a lively mix of keynote speakers, workshops, and paper presentations, set in a friendly and supportive atmosphere with ample time for discussion and networking.

We are an interdisciplinary Forum with members doing research across a broad range of science & technology studies, politics, sociology, anthropology, law, philosophy, history, health and the life sciences.

This year’s colloquium examines the ways in which scientific innovations are projected as reshaping possibilities, redrawing boundaries, and creating a global “biosociety”, as well as generating new forms of democratic scientific governance, new processes of risk assessment and management, and new configurations of “responsible innovation” beyond safety and sustainability. While innovation is central to contemporary science policies, how are the responsibilities and associated promises that accompany it being configured? What are the regulatory and political challenges, the dangers as well as the benefits? The Colloquium will investigate these questions through its four subthemes of: Biomedical innovation; Biocapital and economic growth; War, law and crime; and Responsibility and “Frontier” technologies.

The Colloquium is free to all but you must register here.

Please tick the appropriate boxes if you also wish to be considered for free accommodation and bursaries for travel (up to advance purchase fares within the UK). Both are still available, but these are VERY limited, so book soon — please note that registering does not guarantee accommodation or travel. These will be confirmed separately once your registration has been received.

Funded by the ESRC through the Genomics Forum, the PFGS is now in its 15th year, continuing to explore the new with a critical perspective, and to support networking amongst upcoming scholars from any discipline based on convergent interest in science and technology in society. For more information click here or email us.

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