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

Monday, 14 May 2018 at 14:00 in the Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Why is left-handedness ubiquitous and constant in space and time?
Rik Smits, Science writer

Monday, 4 June 2018 at 15:00 in the Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Usefulness of Useless Knowledge
Robbert Djikgraaf, Institute for Advanced Studies

Friday, 22 June 2018 at 14:00 in the Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Slow, closed, expensive and ineffective: How science publishing is killing science and how to fix it
Michael Eisen, University of California, Berkeley

Tuesday, 11 September 2018 at 14:00 in the Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
Genetic history: What ancient and modern DNA tells us about our human past
Stephan Schiffels, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Friday, 9 November 2018 at 14:00 in the Large Operon, EMBL Heidelberg
How should we value "novelty" in science?
Barak Cohen, Washington University School of Medicine