Life as a construct - the ethics of synthetic biology ABGESAGT!!!

Vortrag (auf englisch) von Prof. Thomas Heinemann. Im Anschluss: Konzert mit Roli Frei.


The advent of novel fields and disciplines in technology raise the question whether our current normative concepts in ethics and law will be sufficient to cover and regulate the development and application of the new opportunities for action. This also applies also to the novel field of “synthetic biology”. Decisions have to be made with regard to the goals of research in synthetic biology as well as the means to be developed in order to reach these goals. Moreover, the risks and side effects considered acceptable and the mechanisms of control considered necessary, need to be determined. Furthermore, clarification is required as to who is in charge to make such decisions and who takes responsibility. Answers to such questions rely primarily on ethical considerations. On Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Ackermannshof in Basel (6 pm), Professor Thomas Heinemann will deal with the question whether, and if so, which novel ethical challenges emerge with regard to the basic idea and the concepts of synthetic biology and whether a special “ethics of synthetic biology” is needed. Thomas Heinemann is a physician by training having specialized in internal medicine, gastroenterology, and molecular medicine, as well as a philosopher. He spent some time as a scientist in the Laboratory of Biochemical Genetics and Metabolism at Rockefeller University, New York. He completed a doctoral thesis in philosophy at the Department of Philosophy at University of Bonn in 2005 and since 2011, he holds a Chair for Ethics, Theory and History of Medicine at Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar in Germany.

Ralf Stutzki, Head of Ethics of the NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering, will introduce Prof. Heinemann. This SeminBar is also part of the "Ethik vor Ort - Ethics on Site" lecture-series for PhD and postdoc fellows of this NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering.


Following Prof. Heinemann: Concert with Roli Frei

Roli Frei is probably the most gifted Pop, Rock, Blues and Soul singer in Switzerland, and maybe even beyond. Allow yourself to be convinced on 29 March at the SeminBar @ Ackermannshof. Starting around 8.45 pm, Roli Frei will play a solo-concert just for you. With DJ Morbus Nova. Everyone welcome.