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Seminar with Professor David Mercer

Date: 16 June 2010 Time: 15.00-17.00

Venue: Seminar Room 3, Bowland North

Collaboration in Context: Proximity vs Engagement? Can (should) STS shape the emerging field of Synthetic Biology?

David Mercer is Associate Professor in Science and Technology Studies at the University of Wollongong, Australia.

He has published widely on areas in relation to science/expertise and law/regulation. His work has focussed on the political, ethical and epistemological issues raised by the way legal and regulatory demands influence the shape of various fields of science and expertise. Related to this are broader questions of the lay/expert divide, the public understanding of science, public participation in science, and the bureaucratization of expertise. Case studies used to investigate these themes have included, Bendectin (pharmaceutical safety), Electric and Magnetic Fields (safety of powerlines/mobile telephones/telecommunications technology), Creation Science (problems of fringe science/ and science education),Daubert (evidence jurisprudence/ role of expert witnesses), Asbestos (theories of causation in Toxic Torts), Evidence Based Medicine (bureaucratization of expertise), Synthetic Biology (new norms of science).

Other research interests include the social history communications technology, where he published a volume in the Greenwood Press Technography series, 'The Telephone: The Life Story of a Technology', in 2006.


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