THE LIVING FACTORY: DESIGNING AND MANUFACTURING WITH SYNTHETIC BIOLOGYTHE LIVING FACTORY: DESIGNING AND MANUFACTURING WITH SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

16th Jan 2014

Central Saint Martins, Textile Futures Research Centre and InCrops are holding an evening of talks and discussion on the opportunities, risks and challenges associated with designing and manufacturing with synthetic biology horizon 2050.

The evening will be held at the University of the Arts London on Thursday 23 January 2014, from 6pm until 9.30pm. 

The following critical questions will be posed:

 

  • What are the risks and ethics of developing synthetic biology? (Including risks and ethics of open source biology)
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of synthetic biology in the context of future manufacturing? Why should manufacturers be more aware of synthetic biology?
  • What might be the timeline from laboratory to manufacture? When can we foresee the development of mainstream materials produced with synthetic biology?
  • Can we ‘technologise’ our way out of our environmental crisis with synthetic biology?
  • There is a sustainable paradox: synthetic biology is often presented as means to address key environmental issues, such as energy and food security, yet it is a form of extreme genetic engineering. To what extend can synthetic biology claim to lead to a more sustainable future?
Speakers include Dr Liliya Serazetdinova (Programme Manager, InCrops) and Dr Jim Haseloff from the University of Cambridge's Department of Plant Sciences