Cesagen Public Lecture - Sir John Sulston
Date: 24 May 2012 Time: 5.30 pm doors open, 6.00 pm lecture
Venue: Lancaster Town Hall
Our biological heritage and our human future - living and flourishing sustainably.
In this lecture, Sir John will reflect on how in the last fifty years biology has grown from a largely academic discipline into one of great social and industrial value. This shift has brought vast opportunities for research and investment, but has also brought the need to balance profitability with the demands of social justice. He will set out the challenges he sees that we now face in making choices - ethical, legal, social, and scientific - which will determine the future of humanity. Shall we choose to flourish, or merely survive?
Professor Sir John Sulston is Chair of the Institute for Science, Ethics and Innovation (iSEI) at the University of Manchester. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2002 jointly with Sydney Brenner and Bob Horvitz, for the work they had done in understanding the development of the nematode (worm) Caenorhabditis elegans. Sir John was also the Founder Director of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Centre from 1992 to 2000, where one third of the task to sequence the human genome was completed. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society, Chair of the Royal Society working group on 'People and the Planet' and an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge.
Attendance is free but prior registration is requested.
Who can attend: Anyone
Organising departments and research centres: ESRC Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen), Sociology
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