Scientific Excellence and Equality – a Contradiction?
4 - 5 November, Zoom Conference
Tom Welton, OBE FRSC FCGI, Imperial College London, UK
The goals of this conference are to discuss current academic, structural and institutional challenges universities face today to promote equality while assuring that a high level of scientific excellence is maintained. It is hoped that the active discourse amongst the attendees not only stimulate a higher awareness for unconscious bias and gender differences but also result in the identification of promising measures of success to reach a true state of equal opportunity. > Read more
1st International Conference Ethics of Engineering Life
15 - 17 November 2021, Rome, Italy
The engineering of molecular and cellular systems for clinical applications capitalizes on the unique competences achieved worldwide within the past 10 years. Big leaps towards applying engineering principles to clinics and to restore body functions are provided by the development of gene-based and cell-based therapies. To address the ethical aspects of such attempts towards engineering life, this conference brings together stakeholders in developing and applying approaches to edit and control living systems, clinicians applying such procedures, ethicists, philosophers, historians and the cultural sector addressing such applications, and other relevant representatives of our global society. The conference is organized by NCCR MSE; Pontifical Academy for Life, Vatican City; and Bambino Gesù Children's Hospital, Italy. > Read more
SeminBar is a public lecture series featuring international scientists talking about their research emphasizing engaging key scientific concepts and visions relevant to molecular systems engineering in a format understandable to a wider audience. > Read more
Apart from courses and discussions, Ethics at NCCR MSE provides a communications module by means of which an important group of society – artists and those interested in the arts - can question, analyze, criticize, interpret and ultimately help to shape the development of molecular systems engineering. > Read more
Creating functional molecular systems that rival the complexity of the molecular factories found in living cells has become one of the grand challenges in science.