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Genetic modification in a circular economy: recap How To Biodesign #7

How To Biodesign – 7

On 2nd of September 2020, we hosted How to Biodesign #7 about the role of genetic modification in a circular economy.

This month’s speakers

Zoë Robaey is Assistant Professor in Ethics of Technology at the Philosophy Group of Wageningen University. Her work investigates moral responsibility under conditions of uncertainty in the field of biotechnology in agriculture. In 2019, she received a VENI grant from the Dutch Research Organization for her research on the virtues for innovation in practice. In this work, she combines conceptual and empirical investigations to develop a notion of responsibility under uncertainty that builds on the practices of both scientists and farmers.

Christina Agapakis  is a synthetic biologist because she believes in the tremendous power of biology to transform the way we make technology. She is an artist because she believes that science and technology are political, shaped by human needs, biases, and emotions. In her work, she seeks out ways to blur the boundaries drawn between nature and technology and between science and society, to practice a different kind of engineering that better takes into account the human and cultural. She currently works at Gingko Bioworks, a  synthetic biology company based in Boston.

Lars van Vianen is a meta-designer and founding director of Scape Agency. Proceeding from a background in interactive art, experience design and parametric architecture, Lars explores the convergence of synthetic biology, materials science, artificial intelligence and robotic construction. Believing the principle of design is the decodation of dreams into the parametrization and instrumentalization of reality, he exerts computation to concurrently operate across scales and mediate between natural and artificial actors. Lars launched Scape Agency in 2020, a spatial innovation collective that dreams, discovers and designs the everyday of tomorrow.

How to Biodesign Meetup

Climate crisis asks for regenerative design. With the meetup series How to Biodesign, BlueCity Lab provides a platform for and by bioneers (pioneers in biodesign). Together with William Myers (curator, author, and teacher in Biodesign), we explore the opportunities from a systemic approach to raw material flows, making smart use of the latest knowledge and expertise about circular design, but also from biotechnology and biochemistry.

The monthly meet-ups facilitate interaction between bioneers who are already working and those who want to get started with biodesign and biofabrication, provide a platform for sharing stories and experiences and actively share knowledge, know-how and insights from the meetups to a broader audience.

Let’s stay connected

– You are welcome to join this linkedin group for Bioneers to be able to connect with each other outside these meetups.
– Check out the Guardian article on BlueCity. And follow BlueCity Lab on instagram to stay tuned on what’s growing in our Lab
– In case you have no clue what we were talking about when mentioning the Doughnut Economy: check this video for the great work of Kate Raworth and her team.
– You’re invited to the upcoming How To Biodesign meetups, check the agenda of BlueCity for upcoming meetups.