Egenis is based at the University of Exeter in the UK, under the directorship of Professor John Dupré. We have a strongly interdisciplinary culture, encompassing a range of perspectives from social science, biology, and philosophy.
Egenis produces first class social science research on the social impact of developments in genomic science, and will make this research visible and available to all those who will be affected by, or will need to respond to, such developments. Egenis also engages with a broad range of users and stakeholders, collaborating with them in the identification of key issues Egenis might address.
To ensure that our research continues to meet the highest standards of academic excellence, Egenis has developed collaborations nationally and internationally with academics at the forefront of their fields. To promote this collaboration Egenis organises international seminars and arranges visits by leading researchers, while Egenis researchers visit centres of excellence around the world. A strong commitment from the start of the centre in 2002 has been full and serious engagement with the content of the science itself.
We aim to become the preeminent site in the world in which the highest quality social science interacts with philosophical and conceptual study of biology and biotechnology to provide and disseminate insight at all levels into the development of the biosciences and their impact on society.
The particularly distinctive feature of Egenis is its emphasis on very fundamental issues in the interpretation of genomics. In the words of Director Professor John Dupré:
‘Our aims include understanding what the whole language of the subject means, as well as exploring the slippages in meaning as the key terms from genomic science diffuse into other areas of expertise (for example legal) and the general public. Then we wish to apply that understanding to more specific issues such as the impact of genomics on specific crucial areas of human activity such as medicine, the food chain and the environment.’
(Quoted in Social Sciences, newsletter of the ESRC)