The end of synthetic biology? What futures?

‘The end of synthetic biology? What futures?’ was a workshop held at Dovecot Studios in central Edinburgh on Thursday 14th & Friday 15th December 2017.

The event was the fifth and final in a series of experimental, interdisciplinary workshops organised by the ERC Engineering Life project. It involved participants from the natural and social sciences, policy, industry, civil society, art and design.


Thursday 14th December 2017 The end of synthetic biology?
10:00 – 11:00am Arrival and Coffee
11:00 – 11:45am Introductions, Eulogies and Obituaries
11:45 – 12:15pm A Decade of Synthetic Biology
12:15 – 12:30pm Trailers for Tarot Readings, DISCARD, Epitaphs
12:30 – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 – 3:00pm Synthetic biology: the Director’s Cut
3:00 – 3:30pm Coffee
3:30 – 4:30pm A Case of Uncertain Identity
4:30 – 5:00pm Readings and Reflections
5:00pm Finish

Friday 15th December 2017 What futures?
9:00 – 9:30am Arrival and Coffee
9:30 – 10:00am Introduction to Day 2
10:00 – 11:00am Promises and Found Texts with Pippa Goldschmidt
11:00 – 11:30am Coffee
11:30 – 1:00pm Critical Imaginaries with Daisy Ginsberg
1:00 – 2:00pm Lunch with DISCARD by Tarsh Bates and Devon Ward
2:00 – 3:00pm Possible Presents
3:00 – 3:30pm Closing discussion
4:00pm Finish

Event photos