Design and Synthetic Biology: Connecting People and Technologies

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DAY 1: Tues July 9
4:30 - 6:00

If synthetic biology is going to become a design-led discipline, how will these designs connect to people and the world? This session explores the idea of design at the human scale; at the level of decisions in the synthetic biology research laboratory, and in terms of the everyday products and innovations that people might use, interact with, and consume. It also considers the social and political dimensions of design, and asks how synthetic biology designs might become embedded in broader networks of people and things. Designs always embody values, and this raises challenging questions such as: what counts as ‘good design’ in synthetic biology? Who decides? And what ends should synthetic biology designs be directed towards? (Profitability? Democracy? Sustainability?)

Location: Great Hall, Sherfield Building
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