Biomakespace Forum

VIRI lunch 11 Dec, Insecurity and Innovation: From bugs to borgs

(Jenny Molloy) #1

Hi All

The following lunctime talk about the politics of synthethic biology and security might be of interest to some of you!


Dear VIRI members

I am very pleased to confirm that our next VIRI lunch will take place on Tuesday 11 December at 12:30 in Room SG2 in the Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site.

Since no food is allowed in the room itself, we’ll be meeting in the common area outside to eat, with the talk beginning at 13:00. A brief commentary on the talk will be provided by Sam Weiss Evans, CRASSH visiting Fellow at CSER, and Assistant Research Professor in Science, Technology, and Society at Tufts Univeristy.

Our speaker is Dr Brett Edwards

Lecturer, Department of Politics, Languages, and International Studies, University of Bath

Talk abstract :

This talk examines how emergent trends in innovation and its governance are raising new and old questions about how to control technology- especially on issues related to national security. It develops a new framework for understanding how emergent fields of science and technology emerge as security concerns; and the key challenges these fields pose from a global security perspective. The study focuses on the politics which have surrounded the emergent field of Synthetic Biology, a field which has become emblematic of both the potentials and limits of more preemptive approaches to governance. A key contribution of this work is the development of a new ‘way in’ to thinking about the challenges posed by emergent technology and the design of relevant policy from critical and disarmament perspectives.


Brett Edwards is a Lecturer in security and public policy working at the intersection of technology, security and global governance. His current research examines the security implications of cutting-edge biotechnology, the governance of biological and chemical weapons, and humanitarian intervention.

This talk is co-organised by VIRI, CSER and CRASSH. We hope to see many of you there!

All the best,

Lalitha, Sam and Catherine