Category: Convenings

Democratic Imaginations at the Frontiers of Science and Technology, 16 April 2021

“Democratic Imaginations at the Frontiers of Science and Technology,” with panelists Andrew Jewett, Marcy Darnovsky, Andrew Feenberg, and Jenny Reardon, and moderators Sheila Jasanoff and J. Benjamin Hurlbut, was held on April 16, 2021. Panelist biographies Andrew Jewett has taught at several leading universities, including a decade at Harvard and three years at Boston College …

Genome Editing and Human Dignity: Comparative Perspectives, September 10-11 2020

With generous support from the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin, this series of meetings launched the work of the Global Observatory for Genome Editing. The purpose: to seek input and advice from an international group of distinguished scholars, scientists, legal experts, policy practitioners, and civil society representatives who will inform the initial agenda for the …

Can Science Make Sense of Life? Panel Discussion, February 23 2021

As part of the series Science, Policy, and the Public at the University of Oregon, Observatory Director Sheila Jasanoff participated in an online discussion of her recent book: Can Science Make Sense of Life? She was joined by Andrew Nelson, Randall C. Papé Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation (University of Oregon), and Françoise Baylis, bioethicist and university research …

Editorial Humility, May 6 2019

In an event that anticipated the Observatory’s founding, Eric Lander (Broad Institute), Carrie Wolinetz (NIH), and four panelists discussed the opportunities for governance provided by the current effective moratorium on heritable human genome editing. A video replay of the full “Editorial Humility” program is available here.

Editorial Aspirations: Human Integrity at the Frontiers of Biology, April 2017

The meeting responded to the the call made at the December 2015 CRISPR summit in Washington, DC for broad public dialogue and an “international forum” on human genome editing.  It convened a conversation among diverse, international experts about what forms of public engagement and deliberation are needed for this purpose, and what mechanisms already exist …