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Workshop: “Synthetic Biology – A Glimpse into the Future”

05.02.2018, Berlin | Are you interested in science and the future of society? Do you have a soft spot for biodiversity, health, ethics, or even specifically for synthetic biology? Are you curious about future scenarios and do you like to engage in discussions? Are you open to interdisciplinary encounters and creative and intellectual input? If so, we have just the thing for you: On March 15, 2018, the Junge Akademie, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and the Berlin-based Schering Stiftung co-host a workshop on the impact of the current developments in synthetic biology on our future life.


School and university students, teachers, scientists from all disciplines, and interested citizens are warmly invited to apply for participation in a workshop entitled “Synthetic Biology – A Glimpse into the Future” no later than February 20, 2018. The workshop will be held in German.

The topic

In four small working groups of up to 8 people each, participants will discuss potential, fictional examples of how synthetic biology will be applied in the fields of health, resources, biodiversity, and lifestyle in the year 2050. The discussions are based on future scenarios that will be prepared by experts in biology, law, ecology, and technology assessment: How do we deal with the new developments? What are the anticipated risks and positive consequences? How can we evaluate future developments according to today’s ethical standards?
Via speed dating, the participants can get information from and consult with the invited experts. The discussion results will be presented and discussed during the subsequent public evening event (beginning at 7 p.m.).

Date & Venue

March 15, 2018 |2:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities
Einstein-Hall, 5th floor
Jägerstr. 22/23 | 10117 Berlin

Please send your application no later than February 20, 2018, to :

Andrea Bölling
Project Manager Science of the Schering Stiftung
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More detailed information on the workshop and on how to participate is available here:

pdf Open Call: Workshop_Synthetic Biology

In cooperation with




Junge Akademie


Founded in 2002 by Schering AG, Berlin, the independent and non-profit Ernst Schering Foundation aims to promote science and art ...