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Forum Deputy Director addresses meeting in Lübeck



Catherine Lyall speaks on "Genetic Transparency" at workshop funded by German Government.


Earlier this month, Forum Deputy Director, , contributed to a week-long, early career workshop on Genetic Transparency: Ethical and social implications of next generation human genomics and genetic medicine in Lübeck, Germany. Hosted by the Institute for the History of Medicine and Science Studies at the University of Lübeck, the workshop was part of a series of interdisciplinary study weeks on ethical, social and legal aspects of the modern life-sciences, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The event attracted PhD candidates and post-docs in the fields of ethics, philosophy, social and political sciences, science & technology studies (STS) and medicine from across Europe. These early career researchers each presented on their own work and were offered perspectives from a series of guest speakers. Catherine spoke at the final session on “Norms and implications of governance”, taking the theme of good governance approaches and offering some suggestions for how we might move beyond the current limits to governance.

Speaking after the event, Catherine noted:

“As someone who completed a PhD part-time, while working, I really appreciate the value that concentrated study weeks such as this can offer. Coming in at the end of the week, I got the clear impression of a committed group of early career researchers who had really benefited from a week of reflective presentations and lively discussion.”

It’s hoped some of those attending the workshop will be able to gain further insight into the Genomics Network’s engagement with social and ethical issues around the life sciences, when these are discussed at the forthcoming EGN conference, which takes place in London on 30 April and 1 May 2013.


Picture of Dr Catherine Lyall