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Epigenetics, Evolution and the Human Sciences

Workshop   18.12.2008

Starts

30.11.1999

Ends

30.11.1999

Speakers

Patrick Bateson (University of Cambridge)Marcello Buiatti (University of Florence) Fern Elsdon-Baker (British Council and University of Leeds)Jonathan Mill (King’s College London) Marcus Pembrey (Institute of Child Health, University College London)

Organised by

ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, The University of Edinburgh

Venue

ESRC Genomics Policy and Research ForumThe University of EdinburghCollege of Humanities and Social ScienceSt John's LandHolyrood RoadEdinburgh EH8 8AQClick here for directions

Event details

Recent research in epigenetics has led to a revived interest in the interaction between genes and environment, and the consequences of such interaction for how we understand the development and evolution of humans and other organisms. But the implications of this research for the biological and human sciences are still being worked out. The ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum is hosting an informal one-day workshop bringing together a number of leading biological, human and social scientists to review the current state of the science of epigenetics, and to discuss how this might affect how we think about evolution and the human sciences. The workshop will be organised around short formal presentations, with plenty of time for discussion. Programme:

09.30 Welcome and introduction

Session 1: Epigenetics and Evolutionary Theory

09.40 Marcello Buiatti (University of Florence), “Epigenetics and evolutionary theory”

10.25 Patrick Bateson (University of Cambridge), “Epigenetics and the origin of species. What are the links?”

11.10 Coffee

11.40 Fern Elsdon-Baker (British Council and University of Leeds), “Contested Inheritance: the historical polysemy of ‘inheritance of acquired characters’”

12.25 Discussion

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

Session 2: Epigenetics and the Human and Behavioural Sciences

14.00 Marcello Buiatti (University of Florence), “Epigenetics and the human and behavioural sciences”

14.45 Jonathan Mill (King’s College London), “Beyond the genome: the role of epigenetic dysfunction in complex disorders”

15.30 Tea

16.00 Marcus Pembrey (Institute of Child Health, University College London), “The capture of developmental and ancestral experience - implications for cultural transmission”

16.45 Discussion

17.30 Close

Further details

http://www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/forum/events/pastevents/workshops/furtherdetails,8047,en.t4.html