Reflections on the role of social scientists in synthetic biology…and some holiday snaps
SpeakersDr Jane Calvert, Innogen
University of Exeter,Egenis, Byrne House,St Germans Road,Exeter, EX4 4PJ
Room no: GF7, Byrne House
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM
In the emerging field of synthetic biology, social scientists are becoming a required component of many research programmes. This is a very interesting opportunity, but it raises questions about why social scientists have been brought in and what is expected of us. In this presentation I explore three different roles that social scientists can play in synthetic biology, asking whether we should think of ourselves as contributing to the development of the field, genuinely collaborating and perhaps in some way influencing the knowledge that is produced, or stepping back and adopting a 'critical' perspective. I address the tensions and ambiguities that accompany all of these different roles.