Bildschirmfoto 2014-09-01 um 15.27.31The Nordic Committee on Bioethics will organize a conference about ethical issues in synthetic biology in Tromso, Norway, August 28, 2014.


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Synthetic Biology; Bioethics and Biosafety

Thursday August 28th 2014 | The Arctic University of Norway | AUD. 6, Faculty of Health Sciences

09.30 – 10.00    Registration and coffee

10.00 – 10.10    Welcome by Chair Anne Ingeborg Myhr, Nordic Committee on Bioethics

Synthetic biology; creating opportunities and enabling innovations

Moderator; Arnar Paalson

10.10 – 11.10     Synthetic Biology: What should we be vibrating about? Drew Endy, Stanford University, USA

11.10 – 11.30     Harnessing Nature’s genetic toolbox for sustainable production of chemicals.  Morten Nørholm, The Technical University of Denmark

11.30 – 11.50     Bacterial cell factors for environmental friendly production. Trygve Brautaset, Sintef, Norway

11.50 – 12.10     Thermophiles and Recombination – in Nature – in Metabolic Engineering. Gudmundur O. Hreggvidsson, University of Iceland and Matís ltd. – Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D

12.10 – 13.00     Lunch

The ethics of synthetic biology

Moderator; Hallvard Kvale

13.00 – 13.30     The ethos of emerging technologies. Bjørn Myskja, Norwegian University of Science and Technology                                

13.30 – 14.00     Mad Scientists and Cute Mutants: The Fictional Perspective. Ulfhildur Dagsdottir, Icelandic Literatury Studies

14.00 – 14.30     Authencity of animals and other organisms. Helena Siipii, University of Turku, Finland

14.30 – 14.45     Coffee and tea

Emerging issues within biosafety

Moderator; Anne I. Myhr

14.45 – 15.30     Biosafety issues in synthetic biology. Markus Schmidt, Biofaction KG, Austria

15.30 – 16.00     Synthetic biology – A new pathway to biological weapons? Peter Clevestig, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, SIPRI

16.00 – 16.30     Student presentations