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Synthetic biology/ Garage biology: what ways to innovate on (with) living things?

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The living economy, or bio-economy, is rapidly expanding. It aims to produce new products: biofuels, medicines, bio-sourced materials, etc. In this field, there are various ways of innovating today: by biological engineering based on "high tech" tools (genomics in particular) and carried out in scientific institutions or industrial companies; or by "garage biology" (do-it-yourself biology, DIY-BIO or biohacking), carried out with "low tech" resources outside institutions, in open, associative and community laboratories, "FabLabs" or "Hackerspaces", with a collaborative and "open source" spirit.

What is the current status of these two approaches? What are their achievements? What are their means? Their discourses? Their imaginations? The circles concerned? Their connections with the general public? The transformations taking place in relations with the living world? During this day, the questions of objectives, risks, containment, ownership, research funding, and the relationship with citizens will be addressed. It is to these questions that this conference, organized by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, will respond. Synenergene France and the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Friday 26 June 2015 (9am-6pm) - ESME Sudria
40-42 rue du Docteur Roux 75015 Paris (métro Pasteur)

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A survey " Innovating with the living, what for? "is organized on the occasion of this event. 

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Program

9am - Welcome

9:15 am - Presentation of the day
Vanessa Proux, Director of Sup' Biotech

Presentation of the results of the survey: Innovating with the living, why innovate?

9:30 am - Introduction
Christian Huyghe, Deputy Scientific Director of INRA

10:00 am - Overview of the dynamics in synthetic biology
Thomas Heams, AgroParisTech teacher-researcher

10:30 am - Inventory of dynamics in garage biology
Marc Dussseiller, founder of the Zurich Hacheteria,
Urs Gaudenz, OpenDrop and GaudiLabs
Yann Heurtaux, founder of the Lausanne Hackuarium

11am - BREAK

11:30 a.m. - Ways of acting: practices, discourses, goals and possibilities
Testimonies and debate - moderated by Jean-Jacques Perrier
Sylvie Lautru, biologist, Université Paris Saclay, iGEM Saclay team, Pascal Hersen, biologist, OpenLab, Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires (CRI), Gianpaolo Rando, founding biologist of the "1000 beers genomes" project, Lausanne Hackuarium,
Emmanuel Ferrand, Free Fermentology Foundation, Paris

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12:45 - BUFFET

14:00 - 15:30 - Social Effects and Policy Issues of the Bioeconomy
Testimonials and debate - moderated by Dorothée Browaeys
Philippe Marlière, biologist, Global Bioenergies, Etienne Maclouf, Pantheon-Assas Management Sciences Research Laboratory, University of Paris II, Centre for Ecology and Conservation Sciences, MNHN, Fabien Milanovic, sociologist, Sup'Biotech teacher-researcher

3:30 p.m. - BREAK

16:00 - 17:30 - Modes of innovation and forms of intellectual property
Round table and debate - moderated by Dorothée Browaeys
François Poulain, association APRIL (association for the promotion and defense of free software), Anne Lévy, Industrial Property Counsel, Cabinet Brandon, Olivier Clément, Patent Engineer, Cabinet Blétry, Andrée Sontot, Head of the Office for Community Trade and External Policies, Ministry of Agriculture (to be confirmed)

5:30 - 6:00 pm - Conclusion: "Look at nature, that's where your future is."
Jacques Livage, professor at the Collège de France

Animation: Dorothée Browaeys

 

 

 

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