September 09, 2017
The Bacterial Networks Conference (short: “BacNet”) is one of the most important science conferences: Every two years, it brings together leading representatives from the fields of molecular microbiology, systems biology, and synthetic biology from Europe and beyond. This year’s conference takes place in Sant Feliu de Guíxols north of Barcelona. On September 11, 2017, the conference hosts a Science & Society Session on “Bio-Fiction,” which aims to look at the conference’s key topics from an artistic and ethical perspective and to broaden the horizons of the conference participants. Invited guest speakers are Dr. Bang Wong and Dr. Markus Schmidt.
Dr. Bang Wong is creative director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard (USA). Trained in both science and art, he is able to develop strategies to visualize complex data. To this end, he develops new approaches to processing and communicating information, which go beyond words and numbers and can be transformed into images. In his lecture, Dr. Wong will present key principles of effective visual communication of complex biological phenomena and artistically illustrate them with examples. In addition, he will talk about his experiences with a current genome exhibition and his public outreach activities.
Dr. Markus Schmidt is a scientist at the Division of Microbial Ecology at the University of Vienna, Austria, and an experienced science communicator in the field of synthetic biology, who has for years dealt critically with this field. In his lecture, he will discuss potentials and risks, such as the release of modified (micro-)organisms into the environment or unforeseen damages, as well as ethical issues.
Bacterial Networks (BacNet17)
September 9–14, 2017
Sant Feliu de Guíxols, Spain
Further information, including program information, is available here. It is no longer possible to register for the conference.
The Schering Stiftung supports the Science & Society Session, since it is important to the foundation to introduce sociological, philosophical, ethical, and artistic perspectives into science and life science conferences. The Science & Society Sessions of the Schering Stiftung seek to inspire discussions that may help scientists gain new perspectives on their work and its broader impact and lead to novel interdisciplinary collaborations.
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