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EMBL|EMBO Science and Society Summer School

The Human Animal: Scientific, Social and Moral Perspectives

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany Monday 1 August - Saturday 6 August 2011 Application closed
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This summer school is jointly funded by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and EMBO, and it will take place at their headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany. It is organized by faculty from three academic institutions: EMBL, European School of Molecular Medicine, and Harvard Kennedy School. EMBL/EMBO 4S will explore how new know-how and technologies emerging from the biological sciences are forcing us to re-examine our views of the human species, including the nature of rationality and the boundaries of being human.

The aim of the Summer School is to bring together PhD students and postdocs from the life sciences, the humanities, and the social sciences with senior researchers and scholars from a range of different fields for a week of intensive interdisciplinary communication. The main emphasis of the course will be on encouraging discussion and exchange of ideas and insights across disciplinary boundaries. Each day during the course senior scholars/researchers will give overview presentations addressing the different themes of the program. This will be accompanied by interactive, in-depth discussion sessions throughout the day. Junior participants in the summer school are expected to be actively involved throughout the course