Is life itself becoming a resource in the 21st Century,  and where do ethics come in? Now that we can design microorganisms from scratch, can we imagine new realities with revolutionary materials taking shape in laboratories? Where is our food coming from, and will it look the same twenty years from now? How are human bodies changing with the advent of smarter drugs and smarter tissue?

Hosted by Matthew Cobb

10.20 – David Benque
10.45 – Abi Aspen Glencross
11.15 – Andy Miah
11.45 – Q&A


David Benque is a designer and researcher working in London, UK. He is currently a PhD candidate in Design Interactions Research at the Royal College of Art and holds a BA in graphic design from the Royal Academy in the Hague, the Netherlands, and an MA in Design Interactions from the Royal College of Art in London, UK. He has spoken and exhibited at the V&A, Ars Electronica, Science Gallery Dublin and Paris Design Week.

Abi Aspen Glencross is a PhD student studying cellular agriculture in the Tissue Engineering & Biphotonics department at King’s College and a cellular agriculturist for US charity New Harvest, which promotes post-animal bioeconomies. Her specific research focuses on creating thick muscle tissue to produce a steak. Cellular Agriculture is an academic discipline that focuses on the farming of agricultural products from cells rather than plants or animals. Her thesis advisors are Lucy Di-Silvio’s of King’s College, UK and Mark Post of Maastricht University, NL.

Professor Andy Miah is Chair in Science Communication & Future Media, in the School of Environment & Life Sciences, University of Salford, Manchester. He is a leading figure in debates about ethics and emerging technology. Working across disciplines, Prof Miahs’s research focuses addresses social, ethical, and legal questions concerning the use of technology, from biotechnology to digital innovation.

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