Synthetic Biology and the Public Good

Recent innovations in biotechnology have borne possibilities in the biosciences unparalleled in human history. Today synthetic biology is a rapidly developing field with important potential applications for human welfare.

However, it is undeniable that such innovations raise fundamental ethical concerns about the nature of human intervention in biological engineering, biosecurity and open access research, the formulation of commercial risks and benefits, and the potential impact on the lives of future people.

As a response to these fundamental concerns, this one-day conference will explore questions raised by this new technology in the fields of biotechnology and industry, education and democratic oversight, and biosecurity from historical and current perspectives. To conclude, the conference will explore the possibility of the humanities in conversation with synthetic biologists. Speakers will include senior scientists, academics and policy makers.

All Welcome – Registration Required

To register please click here.

Please contact David Peace ( for more information.

This event is generously supported by the Eastern Academic Research Consortium, Kent Graduate School, Kent School of History and the Centre for the History of Medicine, Ethics and Medical Humanities.

Date and Time:
Friday 23rd June 2017, 09:00 – 17:00


Sibson Lecture Theatre 2, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NZ, UK.

Please refer to the following map detailing how to get to the event.


09:00 – Sibson Building Foyer

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