"Synthetic Affinities - Reflections on Philosophy and Responsible Innovation in the context of a UK Synthetic Biology Research Centre"

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Abstract: In this talk I will reflect upon the experience of being an “embedded philosopher” at BrisSynBio (a UK Research Council funded Synthetic Biology Research Centre). Specifically, I will try to sketch some of the the multi-faceted relations and affinities between philosophy, politics, and synthetic biology that emerged and coalesced during the course of the centre’s life and in the role of philosophy and responsible innovation as cross-cutting themes within the centre’s work. In this context, I will discuss the status of synthetic biology as an instance of "techno-science" and the advent of “responsible research and innovation” practices and regimes as mechanisms for modulating relations between techno-science and “society”.
Period2 Dec 2020
Event titleInternational MaxSynBio Symposium: Avenues towards Artificial Life-like Systems
Event typeSymposium
LocationMagdeburg, GermanyShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • responsible research and innovation
  • Public engagement
  • Synthetic Biology