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Science and SocietyOnline Seminars

Multidisciplinary Lecture Series

Scientific Online Seminars

Since 1998, the Science and Society Programme has represented one of EMBL's main outreach activities. Its goal is to promote a better and broader understanding of the growing social and cultural relevance of the life sciences. One of the pillars of this initiative is an interdisciplinary seminar series entitled EMBL Forum. The seminars organised within it are all concerned with how the life sciences impact on our societies and cultures, our quality of life and our views of the world.

The seminar recordings viewable on this web site have been selected by EMBL staff according to established criteria. However, EMBL is in no way responsible for, nor necessarily endorses, the views and opinions expressed by invited speakers.

EMBL Heidelberg, 24 March 2014
The Neuroscience of True and False Memories
Craig Stark, University of California at Irvine
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EMBL Heidelberg, 5 December 2013
Schizophrenia 2013: the journey from 'madness' to molecular etiology
Aiden Corvin, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
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EMBL Heidelberg, 17 October 2013
Reflections on the Origin of the Human Social Mind
Mark Pagel, University of Reading, UK
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EMBL Heidelberg, 28 June 2013
Ignorance: How it Drives Science
Stuart Firestein, Columbia University, USA
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EMBL Heidelberg, 11 June 2013
Astrobiology – the hunt for alien life and implications for society
Lewis Dartnell, University of Leicester, UK
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EMBL Heidelberg, 13 May 2013
Quality control in the communication of science: is peer review up to it?
Irene Hames, independent editorial consultant, UK
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EMBL Heidelberg, 18 March 2013
The Earth Microbiome Project: A new paradigm in geospatial and temporal studies of microbial ecology
Jack A. Gilbert, Argonne National Laboratory, USA
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EMBL Heidelberg, 6 September 2012
Egg to organism: Visualising the concepts of development
Benny Shilo, Department of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute, Israel
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EMBL Heidelberg, 17 July 2012
The price of altruism
Oren Harman, Bar Ifan Uninversity, Israel
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EMBL Heidelberg, 16 March 2012
Soul Dust: the Magic of Consciousness
Nicholas Humphrey, London School of Economics, United Kingdom
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EMBL Heidelberg, 11 November 2011
Borderless Crime, and Family Matters: Social and regulatory dimensions of forensic DNA technologies
Barbara Prainsack, Reader (Associate Professor) in the Interdisciplinary Medicine, Science and Society Programme at King’s College London, UK
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EMBL Heidelberg, 14 September 2011
The new geography of science: changing the global research map
Jonathan Adams, Director of Research Evaluation, Thomson Reuters
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EMBL Heidelberg 30 June 2011
Unnatural: the heretical idea of making people 
Philip Ball, Science Journalist and Freelance Writer, United Kingdom
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EMBL Heidelberg 27 May 2011
Interrogating an Insect Society 
Raghavendra Gadagkar, Indian Institute of Science, India
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EMBL Heidelberg 3 March 2011
The placebo effect: How Words and rituals change the Patient's brain
Fabrizio Benedetti, University of Turin Medical School and National Institute of Neuroscience, Italy
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EMBL Heidelberg, 10 January 2011 
How science can contribute to poverty alleviation in Africa 
Christian Borgemeister, icipe, Nairobi, Kenya 
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EMBL Heidelberg, 17 December 2010
Not Exactly: Vagueness as Original Sin?
Kees van Deemter, University of Aberdeen
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EMBL Heidelberg, 19 November 2010 
Scientific Integrity in a Changing Context 
Sheila Jasanoff, Harvard University
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EMBL Heidelberg, 12 October 2010 
Knowledge in the Early Modern Era: The Origins of Experimental Error 
J. Z. Buchwald, Doris and Henry Dreyfuss Professor of History at Caltech, USA
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EMBL Heidelberg, 2 July 2010 
Complexity: A Guided Tour 
Melanie Mitchell, Portland State University and Santa Fe Institute, USA
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EMBL Heidelberg, 4 June 2010
Who is the Modern Scientist? 
Steven Shapin, Department of the History of Science, Harvard University, USA
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EMBL Heidelberg, 12 March 2010
A Dream Comes True
Eric Karsenti, EMBL Heidelberg  
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EMBL Heidelberg, 28 October 2009
Train your mind, change your brain
Matthieu Ricard, Former molecular biologist, Buddhist monk, French interpreter for H.H. Dalai Lama and author
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EMBL Heidelberg, 10 February 2009
The Tyranny of Health
Michael Fitzpatrick, Medical Doctor and Writer
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EMBL Heidelberg, 8 April 2008
Trussed in Evidence
David Healy, North Wales Department of Psychological Medicine, Cardiff University, UK
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EMBL Heidelberg, 20 February 2008
Beyond Nature and Culture
Philippe Descola, Collège de France  
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EMBL Heidelberg, 31 October 2007
Why evolution is right and creationism is wrong
Steve Jone,s University College London
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EMBL Heidelberg, 17 September 2007
Unconceived Alternatives and the Incentive Structure of Scientific Research
Kyle Stanford, University of California, Irvine, USA  
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EMBL Heidelberg, 24 January 2007
Evolution of causal beliefs
Lewis Wolpert, University College London, UK
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