The seminars series "EMBL Forum on Science and Society" was launched in 1998 to promote awareness within our institute of the impact that work within the life sciences is having on society. The EMBL Forum serves as an arena for multidisciplinary events and activities highlighting the ways in which recent developments within the life sciences in general, and within molecular biology in particular, are having a profound impact on people, their societies as well as their cultures. We invite speakers – experts within various disciplines of science and the humanities – on a regular basis to the EMBL to give public lectures on topics of interest.

What we hope to accomplish with these seminars is to explore and to communicate to diverse audiences the complex nature of the relationships that link the life sciences and society.

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Upcoming Forums

Thursday, 7 April 2016, 15:00, Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Evolving science, evolving ethics - How best to address the ethical challenges of Next-Generation Sequencing
Eva Winkler, National Center for Tumour Diseases (NCT), Heidelberg

Friday, 10 June 2016, 15:00, Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Digitising humanness across genomes, epigenomes and cells
Giuseppe Testa, University of Milan and European Institute of Oncology

Monday, 27 June 2016, 11:00, CNR Seminar Room, EMBL Monterotondo
Slow, closed, expensive and ineffective: How science publishing is killing science and how to fix it
Michael Eisen, University of California, Berkeley

Monday, 4 July 2016, 15:00, Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Proposals for climate engineering: potentials, limitations, uncertainties and risks
Mark Lawrence, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies, Potsdam

Thursday, 13 October 2016, 15:00, Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Lab Coats in Hollywood: Scientists' Impact on Cinema, Cinema's Influence on Science
David A. Kirby, University of Manchester

Friday, 2 December 2016, 15:00, Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
The prenatal sex steroid theory of autism
Simon Baron-Cohen, Autism Research Centre, Cambridge University

Friday, 2 December 2016, 14:00, Chadwick amphitheatre, EMBL Grenoble
Global antimicrobial resistance: When two worlds collide
Timothy Walsh, Cardiff University