ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum Phase II

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: College of Humanities and Social Sci

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Description The Forum also made a series of innovative interventions that brought ESRC social science on genomics to wider public, policy and academic audiences. For example:

• with the Human Genetics Commission and other bodies, in 2007 the Forum raised money from the Wellcome Trust and DIUS to run a Citizens' Inquiry into civil rights, fairness and effectiveness issues around the national DNA forensic database. This Inquiry reported in summer 2008 and featured on the BBC Radio 4 "Today Programme"; moreover the HGC undertook to publish the citizens' report and to respond to it in public. Social scientists from the EGN were among the expert witnesses called by the Citizens' Inquiry.
• at the end of February 2008 the House of Lords launched a call for evidence in relation to genomic medicine. The RCUK proposed to make a collaborative submission and the Forum took on the task of preparing a response from the EGN for the RCUK's deadline to ensure that the social sciences were well represented in this critical policy arena. The RCUK submission drew heavily on the Forum's text.
• further evidence of the policy impact of the Forum's work is given by the fact that the Scottish Government invested over £250,000 in Gengage, a public engagement network focused on genetics and healthcare in Scotland. Gengage was managed and hosted by the Forum and held a series of events bringing social scientists, policy makers/legislators and scientists/medics together; these included a public deliberation event about "brain-banks" for tissue storage and a meeting at the Royal Society of Edinburgh about public perspectives on participation in clinical trials.
• the Forum has also had an international presence. In part this was down to the vibrant Visiting Research Fellow programme that has brought scientists and social researchers, legal practitioners and managers from around the world (from India, the USA, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, South Africa and from OECD) to interact with EGN researchers and to take part in scientific meetings and public events.
• the Forum's own research fellows also made a decisive contribution, producing six special issues of peer-reviewed journals and running well over a dozen events that have brought together policy makers (including from the HFEA, HGC, WIPO, OECD and NASA), NGOs, representatives from firms, natural scientists and EGN social researchers.
Exploitation Route The Forum has taken the question of its lasting impact and legacy very seriously. Given the unique and pioneering objectives of the Forum as an ambassador organisation for social science, it is clearly key that its ambassadorial functions in relation to the Network are continued where possible and that its status as a 'beacon' for knowledge exchange continues to be publicised. To a considerable degree this is a matter of ensuring that the legacy from the Forum and the Network continues to be readily accessible. As the three research centres (Cesagen, Egenis and Innogen) are all continuing, but no longer as a network, the Forum has taken steps to ensure that all the material from the entire ESRC Genomics Network will be available on a single archive website. In its closing months, the Forum led negotiations over the management of this arrangement, and the final version of that brochure website is currently (August 2013) being finalised. The three Centres will also retain copies of their previous web entries but adapted to their new (and differing) house styles and will not necessarily highlight the activities that arose from the Network per se. By contrast, the brochure site will maintain the unified character of all the work from 2002-2013 and fully represent the ESRC's investment in this key area. The site will be comprehensive and searchable, and will present the public and policy engagements of the Forum and Network as well as the more customary, scholarly outputs.

The Network has been centrally identified with two major publishing initiatives; the first is the Genetics and Society Book Series which the Network runs for and with Routledge. There are already over twenty books in the series in print and around a dozen more to be published, in preparation or out for review. The editorial base for this series was Cesagen (Cardiff) but Cesagen can no longer maintain this commitment. Accordingly, the Forum took over co-ordination of this work and Forum Director Yearley (supported by Ms M Rennex) is now the principal contact. The series is currently contracted to run at least until 2015. The second publishing initiative is the on-line journal GSP (Genomics, Society and Policy). Recently renamed as Life Sciences, Society and Policy and taken on by Springer (see http://www.lsspjournal.com/), this journal is now into its ninth volume. GSP has been financially supported by the Forum from early in the Forum's first phase and the Forum continued to fund the editorial support even when it was switched to Egenis. The chief academic editors are at Cesagen and at the Netherlands 'sister-organisation' to the Genomics Network, the Centre for Society and Genomics (now the Centre for Society and Life Sciences - CSLS). With financial investment by both the EGN and CSLS, the journal continues to be free for authors and thus will continue to provide a major outlet for broadly social scientific work in this area. The deal with Springer also ensured that the entirety of the earlier GSP issues would be accessible from the one (new) site.

As demonstrated earlier in this report, the Forum and Genomics Network have enjoyed considerable success in bringing work on the social dimensions of the life sciences to European policy audiences at and with OECD. But the Forum has also supported the EGN in developing a further form of European collaboration for policy audiences through LISTEN: the Life Sciences, Innovation and Society Network (see http://www.listen-network.nl/). This is a European collaboration led by the EGN and CSLS with Austrian (GEN-AU) and French colleagues. In the last two years, LISTEN has won support of €80,000 from the European Science Foundation for a series of five high-level meetings on life sciences, innovation and European society. The first was held in December 2012 with the next due in October 2013 (on the topic of "Bioenergy and Biorenewables: Integrating scientific and societal agendas", see http://www.esf.org/index.php?id=9757); the remainder of the meetings (focused on health and other policy areas) will be in 2014 and 2015.

This report has stressed already how beneficial and effective the Forum has found its work with artists and writers as part of its strategy of engagement with audiences outside the social sciences (whether the general public or professionals in the natural and medical sciences). The Forum is therefore happy to have two continuing forms of artistic engagement which are intended to flourish in the coming years. The first form is two short documentary films produced by the final artists-in-residence, Lindsay Goodall and Cameron Duguid, dealing respectively with epigenetics and health inequalities and with the human meaning of the g

enome. These films were premiered at the Forum's closing event for an invited audience and are now being supported on the international film-festival circuit. The second artistic product is a new play commissioned (on a genomics and society theme) by the Forum and the Traverse Theatre from artist-in-residence and prize-winning playwright Peter Arnott. The Forum has supported a rehearsed reading of this play at the Traverse (Scotland's theatre for new writing) for autumn 2013 with a view to attracting production support. Formal agreements are in place to ensure that the ESRC and the Network are publicised by showings of all these works.

Finally, right at the end of its life the Forum has taken steps to ensure that a collaboration with the Human Genetics Commission has borne appropriate fruit. The Forum partnered the HGC in September 2011 in running an expert seminar and deliberation on issues around incidental findings from clinical genetic/genomic practice. In short, the Forum brought social anthropological and sociological expertise to the analysis of a set of issues that had been primarily thought of in clinical and bioethics terms. The HGC was wrapped up before the staff had had time to prepare a report on this work and so the Forum undertook to complete the report, which will now be submitted to the new advisory body to the Department of Health, the Emerging Science and Bioethics Advisory Committee (ESBAC).

In summary, the Genomics Policy and Research Forum and the Genomics Network are not continuing, though the three genomics research centres are all living on. However, the Forum has put in place mechanisms to ensure that the Network's activities continue to be accessible, has devised ways to continue the scholarly publications most characteristic of the EGN, has helped devise and support a new form of Europe-wide policy-engagement network (LISTEN) and has taken steps to ensure that the engagement and research activities of the Forum endure.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

 
Description Many of the Forum's activities have provided the 'glue' which has enabled the Network to thrive. Examples of this include the Forum's work on the development of the EGN Newsletter www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/forum/news/egnnewsletter which has consistently delivered news of the Network's activities to several thousand readers in print and on-line, and the innovative use of social media. For example, the Genomics Forum was responsible for coordinating a Twitter channel on behalf of the Genomics Network, in order to disseminate information on Network/Forum activities and stimulate online interaction with regard to this. Since its establishment in late 2009 / early 2010, the Twitter channel has attracted over 3,700 followers and has been highly effective as a means of marketing Forum/Network events and outputs. Similarly, Genomics Forum YouTube and Flickr channels (which were respectively used to disseminate video and photographs of engagement events) jointly attracted nearly 9,500 views. Another major element of this communications strategy has been the Genotype blog http://esrcgenomicsforum.blogspot.co.uk/which has forged new ways of sharing social research on the contemporary life sciences. Through a series of regular staff and guest blogs, Genotype has disseminated information and promoted debate about Forum and Network events and about the activities generated by our creative artists and visiting fellows. In particular, pieces written by our Writers-in-Residence, professional authors Ken MacLeod and Pippa Goldschmidt, achieved significant prominence in the blogosphere. In total, from mid-June 2010 to May 2013, Genotype attracted over 14,000 visitors. A key aspect of the research synergy which the Forum was able to engender across the EGN, resulted from a focus on workstreams which have evolved across the life course of the Forum. These work strands originated in a series of research programmes established by the first Director and led by postdoctoral research fellows (described in Annex A); over time, as the focus of the Forum's activities shifted towards convening and co-ordinating Network-wide activities, these developed into a series of higher profile workstreams to which each EGN Centre contributed and in which a wide range of stakeholders and practitioners were involved. Examples of this latter activity include the Genomics and Identity Politics workstream, a series of five workshops which ran in 2009-2010 and the Health Technologies and Health Systems workstream (2008-2011). Other workstreams such as the activities relating to synthetic biology (described below in Impact Example 4) illustrate the trajectory of development from the earlier, more internal workstrands through to larger scale Network-wide activity which have now been developed and funded by new initiatives such as the ESRC seminar series on synthetic biology. A corollary of this aspect of our work is that 14 early career academics, who have been employed by the Forum (see Annex D), have gained experience of the type of activities that can lead to academic research having wider, external impact (in addition to the scores of staff in other EGN Centres who have benefited from this type of capacity-building through their association with Forum activities and events). Many of these individuals are now working around the world in both academic and other research-based institutions such as the Royal Society and the European Centre for Disease Control.
First Year Of Impact 2013
Sector Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Healthcare
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Policy & public services

 
Description Art science pilot project 
Organisation The Poetry Fold
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution A collaboration with Lisa Matthews (creative writing consultancy The/Poetry/Fold) and Pippa Goldschmidt
Start Year 2011
 
Description Consultation workshop on the redevelopment of The Science Museum's history of medicine galleries 
Organisation Science Museum Group
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Invited contributor to a consultation workshop on the redevelopment of The Science Museum's history of medicine galleries, The Science Museum, London, 29-30 June 2011
Start Year 2011
 
Description Human Genetics Commission/Genomics Forum expert workshop on ?incidental findings arising from clinical genetic testing? 
Organisation Government of the UK
Department Human Genetics Commission
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Human Genetics Commission/Genomics Forum expert workshop on ?Incidental findings arising from clinical genetic testing?, London, 13 Sept 2011 Co-organised by the Genomics Forum and Steve Yearley ran some of the meeting; the Genomics Forum then hosted Prof Cunningham-Burley to write up the official report for the HGC.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Invited participant in the "Oslo Workshop on International Co-operation on Science, Technology and Innovation to Address Global Challenges" 
Organisation Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Invited participant in the "Oslo Workshop on International Co-operation on Science, Technology and Innovation to Address Global Challenges", organised by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Oslo, Norway, 18-20 May 2011
Start Year 2011
 
Description Public health in an age of genomics 
Organisation Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development OECD
Country France 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Genomics Forum guided the research on behalf of the OECD and will be reporting on it in the Autumn 2012 at an OECD Working Party on Biotechnology/Forum meeting. OECD, Working Party on Biotechnology, study of ?Public Health in an Age of Genomics?, December 2011-December 2012
Start Year 2011
 
Description The Royal Society expert workshop and public deliberation on 'open science', Edinburgh 
Organisation The Royal Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, expert workshop and public deliberation on "Open Science", Edinburgh, 21 November 2011
Start Year 2011
 
Description The Royal Society of Edinburgh expert workshop and public deliberation on 'open science', Edinburgh 
Organisation Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution The Royal Society and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, expert workshop and public deliberation on "Open Science", Edinburgh, 21 November 2011
Start Year 2011
 
Description "What Scientists Read" interview on BBC Radio Scotland 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview with Genomics Forum Policy Rearch Fellow, Dr Christine Knight, on "Good Morning Scotland" 9/05/12
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description A sustainable future for synthetic biology? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Cambridge BioDesign Forum, University of Cambridge, 25-26 September 2012

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Arnott delves deep in genetics debate 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Event profile on Peter Arnott, Genomics Forum Playwright in Residence

Edinburgh Evening News
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Artificial life : promises and pitfalls 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact This seminar took place as part of the Manchester Science Festival, held on 23-31 October 2010 at Manchester Metropolitan University. The recent creation of an artificial genome has highlighted the possible benefits - and the potential risks - of the new field of synthetic biology. In this event, leading figures discuss what synthetic biology means to them, the opportunities it offers, and the social, economic and ethical implications of biological engineering.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.nanoinfobio.org/Alife/Artificial_Life__Promises_and_Pitfalls/Alife.html
 
Description Autumn 2010 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact e-newsletter to ESRC Genomics Network database contacts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Autumn update from the ESRC Genomics Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Genomics Network E-news online update - Staff/Internal contacts

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1bdf328ed12cfbb88df1ab17c&id=a235de9ffe&e=eeee27438e
 
Description Autumn update from the ESRC Genomics Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Genomics Network E-news online update - external contacts

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1bdf328ed12cfbb88df1ab17c&id=c8abab1956&e=eeee27438e
 
Description Caryl Churchill's A number. Traverse Theatre 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Public Events - Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Climate change, climate hacks and the sociology of science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Professor Steve Yearley has been invited to the University of Oslo - Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture (TIK-centre) to present their first TIK seminar of the new semester.

His presentation "Climate change, climate hacks and the sociology of science" on 15 March 2012 will focus on the 'Climategate' affair - which saw the publication of e-mails and documents hacked or leaked from one of the world's leading climate research institutions. Steve will draw on studies in the sociology of science to examine whether the 'Climategate' revelations really offer an insight into bad scientific practice or in fact just arise from aspects of the normal combative process of argumentation within the science community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description ConSequences : some implications of DNA sequencing technology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Public lecture given by Robert Cook-Deegan, Genomics Forum Bright Ideas Fellow. 8 March 2012
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Dirty little secrets and the right to write 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description ESRC Genomics Network : introduction 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Four video clips highlighting the work of the ESRC Genomics Network: 'Introducing the ESRC Genomics Network', 'Genomics & Society', 'Genomics Network, Centres & Forum' and 'International Impact'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Enter Science stage left 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog - Genotype ESRC Genomics Forum

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Expertise, voice & policy : is there a new landscape for the world of science-and-policy? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Steve Yearley talk at Techno-scientific practice, expertise & public policy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Foro de Genomica en la OCDE 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Article published in Reforma, a Mexican newspaper.

6 December 2010

Reforma Corazon de Mexico
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description From 'experiments of concern' to 'communities of concern': Constructing and containing citizens in synthetic biology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Synthetic biology represents a recent and explicit attempt to make biology easier to engineer - and through this to open up the design space of genetic engineering to a wider range of practitioners (including but not limited to engineers). It is still an effort taking place largely within academic laboratory settings; as yet, there are few tangible products or applications to point to as successful exemplars of this approach to engineering biology. But there are transatlantic differences emerging with respect to the governance of synthetic biology in the US and the UK, which I set out to explore and account for in this paper. More concretely, I suggest that understandings of, and approaches to, governing synthetic biology are being framed against different past experiences with recombinant DNA technology. In the US, the governance of synthetic biology is frequently articulated in relation to the early days of recombinant DNA research and the self-governance mechanisms pioneered in response to Asilomar. In the UK, more recent experiences with GM crops provide the dominant narrative against which governance questions are being raised. I suggest that these differing sociotechnical imaginaries in the US and Britain have implications for how new 'groups of concern' are being defined in relation to synthetic biology, and how measures to assess and contain the potential risks associated with this technology are being pursued.


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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description Game theory with real game : science studies and the collaborative management of wild deer in Britain 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Steven Yearley paper to Sociology Dept, Newcastle University 29 Feb 2012 'Game Theory with Real Game: science studies and the collaborative management of wild deer in Britain'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description History with a big P or a small p? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog ESRC Genomics Forum

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description I am not my ancestors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog - Genotype, ESRC Genomics Forum

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Illuminating biology and robotics through contemporary classical 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Public events/presentations - Royal Society of Edinburgh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Improving intelligence analysis for emerging biotechnology threats 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Workshop - London
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation newsletter no. 19 October 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Various articles highlightinmg work of Genomics Forum and Staff
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.issti.ed.ac.uk/newsletter.php?item=21
 
Description Interview : Ken MacLeod, author of intrusion 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Scotsman - feature on Writer in Residence at the ESRC Genomics Forum

The Scotsman
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/books/interview_ken_macleod_author_of_intrusion_1_2151613
 
Description Issue 14 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact ESRC Genomics Network Newsletter

Medalling in Sport

GMOs: Genetically Modified Olympians
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/media/thegen_0911%5B1%5D.pdf
 
Description Issue 15 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact ESRC Genomics Network Newsletter

Genomics in Society - Facts, Fictions and Cultures
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/media/WeblinkedMarch2012gen_web.pdf
 
Description Knowledge brokering: How can theory be useful in practice? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Workshop University of Edinburgh

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Knowledge exchange roles 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited presentation to committee by Christine Knight at College of Humanities & Social Science Knowledge Exchange Committee meeting
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Lab Notes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Public events/presentations Orkney Science Festival, September
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Lessons from delivering global promise through the life sciences 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) working party on biotechnology.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Looking forward to the 2010 conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact This ESRC genomics network video looks forward to the 'Delivering global promise through the life sciences' conference, held on 6-7 December 2010 in Paris, France.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
 
Description Low-carb dieting, families and cultural identity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Low-carbohydrate diets were particularly popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s in English-speaking countries, including the UK as well as the United States and Australia. A 2003 poll found that around 3 million Britons had tried the Atkins Diet. Other popular "low-carb" diets include the South Beach Diet, the Zone, Protein Power and Sugar Busters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.communityfoodandhealth.org.uk/fileuploads/cfhsfarechoiceissue53-7014.pdf
 
Description Managing biological invasions : how to deal with environmental, sanitary and scientific uncertainty 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Biological invasions are defined as the problematic spread of exotic species (plants or animals). Exotic species, also called alien or allochthonous species, are in turn defined as species which have spread out of their native distributional range, as opposed to indigenous species which stick to their native distributional range.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
URL http://www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/forum/events/pastevents/seminars/title,24379,en.html
 
Description Mediating climate change 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Mediating Climate Change Book review by Genomics Forum Director, Steve Yearley in Times Higher Education

Times Higher Education
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=419003&c=1
 
Description Mental health policy in Scotland : community and social mobilisation 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Presented at the Institute of Science, Technology and Society, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
URL http://son.web.ym.edu.tw/front/bin/ptdetail.phtml?Part=20110212&Rcg=1
 
Description More than mirrors at the focal point? : art-science as a methodological experiment 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An invited talk at Cesagen seminar series - Cardiff, 28 February 2012

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.lancs.ac.uk/fass/sociology//event/3985/
 
Description Neandertaler-Diäten in Frage gestellt 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Christine Knight is interviewed on Swiss radio about the 'Stone Age' diet.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Negotiating standards in synthetic biology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Workshop on Ethical, Philosophical and Political Issues of Synthetic Biology, Madrid, 10-11 January 2013

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2013
 
Description News from the Genomics Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Article in Institute for the Study of Science, Technology and Innovation Newsletter No. 20 - Feb 2012
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.issti.ed.ac.uk/newsletter.php?item=22
 
Description OECD conference to explore genomics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Genomics Network (EGN) - a leading concentration of social scientific research in the field of genomics - and the Organization for Economic Development and Co-operation (OECD) will explore the new and exciting field of genomics other issues at the 'Delivering Global Promise Through the Life Sciences' Conference hosted at the OECD headquarters in Paris, France on December 6-7, 2010.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.biospectrumasia.com/content/061210OTH14841.asp
 
Description Obesity and primitivism in popular diet books 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Invited presentation at Beauty, Fat and Food: Medical Humanities Research Network launch event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Participation and governance in environmental policy : what do participatory methods contribute? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Final seminar in the Northern Research Station seminar series 2009/10.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
URL http://www.forestresearch.gov.uk/fr/INFD-7WBBJ6#140510
 
Description Pills or progress : what is needed to improve healthcare in Africa? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact ESRC Genomics Network Fringe Event at the Liberal Democrats Conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
URL http://www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/esrcgenomicsnetwork/events/partyconferencefringeprogramme/title,239...
 
Description Prize-winning cloning poem one of a kind 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact A poem addressing the issue of cloning has been awarded first prize in the ESRC Genomics Forum poetry competition. Forward Deck by Sophie Cooke was selected from more than 200 entries from writers inspired to consider how genomics is helping society. Prof Steve Sturdy, deputy director of the ESRC Genomics Forum, said: "A decade since the first mapping of the human genome was hailed as the start of a new era, we are still coming to terms with the implications of these advances.

Edinburgh Evening News
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/edinburgh/Prizewinning-cloning-poem-one-of.6705253.jp
 
Description Psychiatry ethics film festival : Girl, interrupted 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact The Genomics Forum is delighted to once again support the annual biomedical ethics film festival held at Edinburgh Filmhouse, 26 - 28 November 2010. Post film debates follow each screening with expert panellists inviting audiences to consider questions around our reaction to, and treatment of, those with mental health problems.

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/forum/events/pastevents/publicevents/title,24124,en.html
 
Description Regulation : health and safety issues 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact In addition to giving this presentation, Professor Yearley also managed discussions around SynBio applications (on synthetic biology as a source of new medicines, synthetic biology and food production, synthetic biology and environmental clean-up) and participated in three focus groups during the day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/society/dialogue/activities/synthetic-biology/synthetic-biology-dialogue.aspx
 
Description Science in public 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Steven Yearley presentation at Royal Society of Edinburgh to public meeting 21 Nov 2011
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Social and technical dimensions of standards development in synthetic biology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Autumn Symposium of the Centre for Systems & Synthetic Biology, Imperial College London, 14-15 November 2012

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Social history and genomics : portraying the Madness of King George 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Professor Steve Yearley presented this at the Psychiatry Ethics Film Festival. The festival was held 26-28 November 2010 at Edinburgh Filmhouse and co-organised by the ESRC Genomics Forum.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/forum/events/title,24124,en.html
 
Description Spring 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Newsletter for external contacts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1bdf328ed12cfbb88df1ab17c&id=c67bfa4d2d&e=
 
Description Spring 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Newsletter for staff/Internal contacts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1bdf328ed12cfbb88df1ab17c&id=8301523d27&e=eeee27438e
 
Description Standards and the moral economy of synthetic biology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Presented at 'The moral economy of life science' workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
URL http://www.tema.liu.se/tema-t/the-moral-economy?l=en
 
Description Standards for modular biological parts 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Workshop paper
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Studying science scientifically : a sociologist's 'take' on synthetic biology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Presented at the 'STS (science and technology studies) meets synthetic biology' workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
URL http://www.shef.ac.uk/synbio/mates/stsmeet2010.html
 
Description Summer 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Newsletter for external contacts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1bdf328ed12cfbb88df1ab17c&id=fd6aeec929&e=7e34a64a98
 
Description Summer 2011 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Newsletter for staff/Internal contacts
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1bdf328ed12cfbb88df1ab17c&id=7de2b7512a&e=eeee27438e
 
Description Sustainability and innovative practices in synthetic biology 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Lecture at ESF Research Conference 'Towards a sustainable bio-based society: Aligning scientific, cultural and societal agendas for bio-innovation society,' Amsterdam, 6-7 December 2012
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Synthetic biology and the order of things 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Annual Meeting of the Society for the Social Studies of Science, Copenhagen, 17-21 October 2012

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.4sonline.org/meeting/12
 
Description Talent night in the fly room 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Event Page promoting activity by Peter Arnott Forum Playwright in residence

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.traverse.co.uk/whats-on/talent-night-in-the-fly-room/
 
Description Talent night in the fly room 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The List - Online/Hard Copy

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.list.co.uk/event/241033-talent-night-in-the-fly-room/#new
 
Description Talent night in the fly room 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article p15 & 28 Peter Arnott Genomics Forum Playwright in Residence

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://issuu.com/traverse_theatre/docs/traverse_spring_summer_2012_brochure
 
Description The ethical landscape and public trust : identifying the wrong and right ways to think about the ethical and societal aspects of synthetic biology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This presentation focuses on the novel area of synthetic biology, a research trajectory of enormous inherent scientific appeal and of great potential interest for medical, environmental and pharmaceutical purposes. Given that this area focuses on the 'engineering' of novel life forms, there has been wide acknowledgement, even at the earliest stages, of the ethical and societal aspects of synthetic biology, both within and outside the research community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
URL http://www.ces.uc.pt/eventos/index.php?id=3675&id_lingua=2
 
Description The gen - Genomics in Society - - Issue 15 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact ESRC Genomics Network Newsletter - March 2011
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description The potential applications of nanotechnology in food 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Presented at Food Standards Agency workshop on nanotechnology and food. Steve gave a presentation on the potential applications of nanotechnology in food and/or issues around this.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
URL http://www.genomicsnetwork.ac.uk/forum/news/title,24137,en.html
 
Description The public nature of science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Steven Yearley paper to Royal Society Edinburgh/Royal Society meeting 21 Nov 2011
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description Tick-tock goes the clock : laboratory modes of anticipation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact EuroStemCell Blog by Karen Jent Genomics Forum Intern

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.eurostemcell.org/commentanalysis/tick-tock-goes-clock-laboratory-modes-anticipation
 
Description We want you! (And we promise it won't hurt a bit) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog - Genotype, ESRC Genomics Forum

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description What Scientists Read 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Public events/presentations
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description What Scientists Read 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Public Event - British Science Association, Edinburgh, May
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity
 
Description What do you get when you cross poets and geneticists? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Poetry and genomics may not seem obviously good bedfellows, but a recent collaboration between two British institutions - ESRC Genomics Forum and the Scottish Poetry Library - has proven that their coming together can lead to very interesting offspring.



The two organisations created a competition on the theme "Improving the Human", the winners of which were announced on Saturday. Entrants were challenged to consider the inherent ambivalence of advances in genomic technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://www.newscientist.com/blogs/culturelab/2011/01/genomic-poetry.html
 
Description What is the value of science blogging for public engagement? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact Edinburgh Beltane Communications Networking Breakfast

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2010
URL http://www.edinburghbeltane.net/content/blogging-communications-networking-breakfast
 
Description What's the big idea? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Newspaper article in the Herald Scotland interviewing Peter Arnott, Genomics Forum Playwright in Residence

The Herald
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.heraldscotland.com/arts-ents/stage/whats-the-big-idea.15335477
 
Description Whatever genes one has it is preferable that you are prevented from going around stabbing people : genes, environment and responsibility for behaviour 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other academic audiences (collaborators, peers etc.)
Results and Impact 3 November 2011 - Genomics Forum seminar with Mairi Levitt - Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University - Bright Ideas Fellow

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Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
 
Description Why we've fallen in love with 21st-century vampires 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Article p6-7 Sunday Herald - 30 October 2011

Sunday Herald
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/why-weve-fallen-in-love-with-21st-century-vampires.1562...
 
Description Wild foods in Charlotte Square 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog

Section not completed
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
 
Description Winter update from the ESRC Genomics Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact Winter edition of EGN News, a quarterly activity round-up from across the Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1bdf328ed12cfbb88df1ab17c&id=b60d6dd991&e=eeee27438e
 
Description Winter update from the ESRC Genomics Network 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Primary Audience
Results and Impact This e-newsletter highlights some of the latest news and forthcoming events from across the Network.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2012
URL http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1bdf328ed12cfbb88df1ab17c&id=ec46996ea1&e=7e34a64a98
 
Description Writer feels at home with genomes 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Peter Arnott has been appointed resident playwright for the joint project between the Traverse Theatre and the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum. Based within the Genomics Forum at Edinburgh University, he will work with forum members, experts and fellows as he explores the subject of genomics. He will develop ideas for a play inspired by genomics, with the aim of putting on a public show later this year or early next year.

Edinburgh Evening News
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2011
URL http://living.scotsman.com/edinburgh/Local-roundup-Students-hot-to.6753775.jp