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Engineering biology everywhere: A threat or the key to a sustainable future?

4:30pm-5:30pm on Saturday 3 April

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What would happen if everybody could have access to the tools to engineer biology? Would it be the beginning of the end of the world as we know it? Would it be the beginning of a more sustainable era? Would it bring fairness or increase inequalities?

Join us in this conversation to try to untangle this complex topic with sociologists, DIY biologists, journalists, documentary filmmakers and of course, molecular biologists.


We are happy to announce the final list of panellist that will join us:

JENNY MOLLOYis a Shuttleworth Research Fellow in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at the University of Cambridge with a track record in social enterprise and policy for the bioeconomy. She chaired the diagnostics subgroup at the UN Technology Access Partnership and is a Fellow of World Economic Forum Global Futures Council for Synthetic Biology. She is also the Executive Director of the non-profit Beneficial Bio, supporting local manufacturing of enzyme and reagents in the global South.  

BETH TUCK (she/her) is the Executive Director at Genspace, a community biology lab in New York City, USA. Her background is in molecular biology and genetics, and she has been working in science education and community engagement for the past 9 years.  

ANNA VERENA EIREINER is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Cambridge, where she also conveys the Science and Technology Studies Research Cluster. In her research, she explores the governance of emerging technologies, DIY practices, and open science.

JOE EGENDER is a filmmaker and actor. He recently created the Original Netflix documentary series Unnatural Selection. Prior to that he directed the short documentary My Paintbrush Bites (DOC NYC) released by The Atlantic. Joe co-wrote and produced the feature film Holy Ghost People, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival. 

LEEOR KAUFMAN is a documentary filmmaker and photographer. He recently created the Original Netflix documentary series Unnatural Selection. He also directed documentary content for publications such as Time Magazine, The New Yorker, NBC, CNN, NFL Network among other international publications. Leeor started his career in Israel as a documentary filmmaker, producing and shooting short and feature length documentaries, among them the award-winning Destiny Hills. He has also taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of Journalism and at the International Center of Photography in New York.

FERNAN FEDERICI works as an assistant professor at PUC, Chile, and as an international fellow of OpenPlant Centre for Synthetic Biology – University of Cambridge, UK. He is a member of two movements promoting open source technology: TECNOx and GOSH (Gathering for Open Science Hardware). 


Booking/Registration is: REQUIRED

Additional Information

Age: Adults
Timing: Live Stream
Cost: Free
Theme: Society
Image copyright: Xavi Cabrera- Unsplash

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