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Panel Discussion „The Future of ELSA Research“, July 2, Munich

2 Juli 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion

The Future of ELSA Research. From Reflexive Contemplation to Responsible Co-Creation?

Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 6pm
at Technical University of Munich, Room 140, 1st floor, Marsstr. 20-22, Munich

Since the inception of the human genome project, the acronym ELSA (ethical, legal and social aspects) has become synonymous with research that examines how the modern life sciences impact society. ELSA research has contributed significantly to a greater appreciation of the social and political aspects and implications of genomics, nanotechnology and other emerging life science research fields. At the same time, it is less clear what impact ELSA actually had on the governance and development of these research fields. While much has been accomplished by ELSA research, other challenges remain, such as how it could most efficiently contribute to responsible research and innovation. The panel discussion brings together leading international experts to discuss the past, present and future of ELSA research: What can we learn from its successes and failures in order to shape the future of ELSA research? How can the life sciences, social sciences, and humanities collaborate to foster responsible research and innovation in the life sciences?


  • Alena Buyx (Technical University of Munich)
  • Maximilian Fochler (University of Vienna)
  • Stephen Hilgartner (Cornell University)
  • Barbara Prainsack (University of Vienna)
  • Jenny Reardon (UC Santa Cruz)

Introduction: Ruth Müller (Technical University of Munich)

Engineering Responsibility Lab at the Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technical University of Munich. The panel discussion will be followed by an informal reception for further exchange with drinks and snacks. Please find attached the poster for the event.

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2 Juli 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Technical University of Munich, Room 140, 1st floor, Marsstr. 20-22, Munich
Marsstraße 20-22
München, 80335 Deutschland