Past Event • 11/19/13
Myths and Realities of the DIYbio Movement
But in a first-ever survey of the DIYbio community, the Synthetic Biology Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars finds this work is far more innocuous than news reports and others might suggest.
Past Event • 11/08/13
The Nagoya Protocol and Synthetic Biology Research: A Look at the Potential Impacts
VIDEO ADDED: A report from the Synthetic Biology Project looks at how the UN’s Nagoya Protocol may affect U.S. researchers working in the field of synthetic biology.
Past Event • 06/03/13
Stranger Visions: The DNA You Leave Behind
VIDEO ADDED: In this exhibit/policy discussion, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg will discuss her Stranger Visions project and discuss the bioethical, legal and policy dimensions of the work with a panel of experts.
Past Event • 03/20/13
Awareness and Impressions of Synthetic Biology: Results of the 2013 Poll
Please join us for the release of our 2013 national poll surveying the public’s attitudes towards synthetic biology.
Past Event • 02/26/13
Communicating Synthetic Biology: How the Media Covers Emerging Technology
Please join us for a panel discussion about how the media in the United States and Europe covers synthetic biology.
Past Event • 12/14/12
Workshop on Data Needs and Testing Methods for Assessing the Field Release of Synthetically Designed Algae
A workshop hosted by the Synthetic Biology Project, MIT Program on Emerging Technologies and EPA to determine the data needs and testing methods for the environmental release of synthetically designed algae and to assess the ecological effects and risks of synthetic organisms.
Past Event • 06/29/12
Managing Uncertainty: How to Assess, Test and Demonstrate Safety for Synthetic Biology Applications
The Wilson Center on June 29 hosted a workshop to examine the environmental implications of synthetic biology, bringing together experts from multiple scientific fields, industry, and public interest groups.
Past Event • 04/18/12
Principles for the Oversight of Synthetic Biology: Is the Precautionary Principle Needed?
View the Synthetic Biology Project’s April 18 panel discussion of new report from 113 NGOs calling for officials to observe the precautionary principle in regulating synthetic biology, including a moratorium on commercial uses.
Past Event • 03/27/12
The Art of Synthetic Biology Governance
Join us for a discussion with Dr. Claire Marris about the concepts of “scientific uncertainty” and “cross-borderness” in synthetic biology governance.
Past Event • 12/15/11
Generic Lessons Learned about Societal Responses to Emerging Technologies Perceived as Involving Risks
Join us to discuss how well we have managed the risks associated with advances like nanotechnology and synthetic biology.
Past Event • 09/28/11
Environmental and Social Issues Arising from Synthetic Biology: Redesigning Life
Invited panelists will discuss the science behind synthetic biology, the risks this emerging technology poses to the environment and human health, as well as the socio-economic issues arising from a new “bio-economy” enabled by synthetic biology.
Past Event • 07/28/11
Comprehensive Environmental Assessment and Its Application to Synthetic Biology Applications
A workshop was held to test a Comprehensive Environmental Assessment framework for its ability to identify important research questions to support future ecological risk assessments of synthetic biology applications, using a case study of cyanobacteria engineered to produce industrial products.
Past Event • 07/20/11
Issues arising from Synthetic Biology: What Lies Ahead?
Join us to discuss the findings from a Synthetic Biology Project workshop on “over the horizon” synbio issues.
Past Event • 03/25/11
President’s Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues - The Ethics of Synthetic Biology
Join us to discuss the Presidential Commission on Bioethics report calling for enhanced oversight of synthetic biology.
Past Event • 02/16/11
Socio-Technical Integration Research Project Workshop 4
Join the Synthetic Biology Project on February 16 and 17 for the Socio-Technical Integration Research (STIR) Project Workshop 4.
Past Event • 01/13/11
Beyond Containment: Asessing, Testing and Demonstrating Safety on Release of SynBio Devices and Chassis
This January 2011 event focused on developing methods to address potential risks before rather than after the fact. It looked at biosafety beyond containment, in cases where accidental release may be reasonably expected and/or where conventional containment is not an option as in bioremediation, agricultural and biomedical applications.
Past Event • 09/09/10
Synthetic Biology: What does the public think?
Researchers at the J.C. Venter Institute announced the creation of a bacterial cell controlled by a synthesized genome, a significant milestone in the emerging field of synthetic biology. But did anyone in the public listen?
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