Wednesday 7 March 2012, 4.15PM to 17:30
Speaker(s): Susan Molyneux-Hodgson, Department of Sociological Studies, University of Sheffield
Synthetic biology is an emerging technoscience aiming to combine the best of biological and engineering worlds. The emergence is accompanied by some standard ‘saviour’ rhetoric; large and small funding opportunities; cross-disciplinary arguments; global positioning for dominance and more recently a push in the UK by government. Meanwhile, in the everyday spaces of scientific practice, a mix of engineers, microbiologists, computer scientists and others attempt to make sense: of each other; the policy and funding tropes; and where they can go with their ideas and the novel practices they require. This seminar will take us on an exploration of the recent travels and travails of research teams trying to establish new ways to do their science and live up to some synthetic biology ideals.