An online event hosted by the Carbon Recycling Network, the Nottingham BBSRC/EPSRC Synthetic Biology Research Centre, and the ENGICOIN project, in collaboration with the Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham.
10:30-14:00 GMT, Monday 25 January 2021
This open, online event brought together the BBSRC Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, the wider synthetic biology, industrial biotechnology and responsible innovation communities, and eminent speakers from across disciplines and sectors to explore current developments, challenges and opportunities for responsible innovation in industrial biotechnology and engineering biology. Anyone with an interest in biotechnology, synthetic biology and the important role responsible innovation might play in their future development was welcome to attend!
Responsible innovation, also known as responsible research and innovation (RRI), has rapidly become an important mode of research and innovation governance and practice, aiming to more closely align science and technology with societal and environmental values, needs and priorities. Research funders in the UK, the EU and beyond increasingly require that research and innovation projects, training programmes and institutions include RRI in their activities. RRI is also becoming an important governance framework in private sector contexts. Meanwhile, changes are underway in synthetic biology governance, funding and research in the UK, the US and beyond, including an ongoing shift towards engineering biology.
This event introduced RRI and related ideas and practices in industrial biotechnology and synthetic biology, and considered the transition towards engineering biology, exploring future prospects for these fields.
The event received a fantastic response, with 315 registrations from 27 countries across six continents. On the day, 225 participants from 19 countries across five continents joined the event. Sectors represented included research and higher education; business and industry; policy, government (including agencies), regulation and science diplomacy; research funding; Research and Technology Organisations; and civil society. Participants spanned a wide range of career stages, job roles, disciplines and areas of expertise.
Read a review of the event by Jonathan Hankins (Fondazione Giannino Bassetti) here.
Programme and presentations
Download Event Pack (includes programme and speaker biographies) here.
Speakers’ presentation slides (.pdf versions) can be downloaded via the hyperlinks below:
|Part 1: Responsible Research and Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology
|Nigel Minton, Synthetic Biology Research Centre, University of Nottingham
|Welcome & opening words
– Saul Purton, Algae-UK
– Simon McQueen Mason, BBNet
– Nigel Minton, Carbon Recycling Network
– Nigel Robinson, E3B
– Sonia Heaven, EBNet
– Ian Graham, HVB
|Introduction to BBSRC Networks in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy
– HVB: High Value Biorenewables Network
|Phil Macnaghten, Professor in the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation Group, Wageningen University
|Responsible Innovation: Translating Research Policy into Research Practice
|Eleanor Hadley Kershaw, Senior Research Fellow in RRI, SBRC-Nottingham
|Work to date in Responsible Research & Innovation, Industrial Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology
|Responsible Research and Innovation in the Synthetic Biology Research Centre – Nottingham
|Lotte Asveld, Assistant Professor in Biotechnology and Society, TU Delft
|Responsible Innovation for synbio companies: lessons learned
|Joyce Tait, Founding Director of Innogen, University of Edinburgh
|Helping Companies to Innovate Responsibly
|Neil Parry, R&D Programme Director, Biotechnology and Biosourcing, Unilever
|Unilever “Clean Futures” and sustainable sourcing of ingredients through Biotechnology
|Q&A / discussion
|Q&A / discussion
|12:00-12:30 Lunch break
|Part 2: Futures of Engineering Biology and Responsible Innovation
|Dimitris Papadopoulos, Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham
|Rowan McKibbin, Associate Director: Frontiers and Foundations, BBSRC
|Background and information on the National Engineering Biology Programme
|Lionel Clarke, Co-Chair of the Engineering Biology Leadership Council
|The EBLC perspective on the transition from Synthetic Biology to Engineering Biology
|Susan Molyneux-Hodgson, Professor of Sociology, University of Exeter
|Thoughts on the transition from Synthetic Biology to Engineering Biology, and provocations on future possibilities for Engineering Biology, Industrial Biotechnology and Responsible Innovation:
|Nigel Minton, Director, SBRC-Nottingham
|Sean Simpson, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, LanzaTech
|Megan J. Palmer, Executive Director of Bio Policy & Leadership Initiatives, Stanford University
|Eleanor Hadley Kershaw and Dimitris Papadopoulos