This horizon-scanning exercise focused on identifying new and emerging issues in bioengineering. Using a structured process of soliciting input from a diverse range of people with experience in various issues around bioengineering (e.g. from industry, policy and research perspectives), the exercise aimed to gain a better understanding of risks and opportunities in the field.
The full process – led by CSER Research Associate Bonnie Wintle – took place over five months, including a workshop on 3rd November 2016. The exercise will result in a co-authored publication that outlines the top emerging issues.
This exercise was co-organised with Cambridge University’s Synthetic Biology Strategic Research Initiative, and Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute.
The workshop was supported by grants from the Hauser-Raspe Foundation, and the Templeton World Charity Foundation – as part of the Managing Extreme Technological Risks programme.
Point of View: A transatlantic perspective on 20 emerging issues in biological engineering
Publication by Bonnie Wintle, Catherine Rhodes, Seán Ó hÉigeartaigh, Christian R. Boehm, William Sutherland, Robert Doubleday, Jennifer C Molloy, Piers Millett, Laura Adam, Rainer Breitling, Rob Carlson, Rocco Casagrande, Malcolm Dando, Eric Drexler, Brett Edwards, Tol Ellis, Nicholas G Evans, Richard Hammond, Jim Haseloff, Linda Kahl, Todd Kuiken, Benjamin R Lichman, Colette A Matthewman, Johnathan A Napier, Nicola J Patron, Edward Perello, Philip Shapira, Joyce Tait, Eriko Takano