Experiments outside the laboratory: Who should decide?

Experiments with new technologies are happening in real communities, urban & rural.

If they might affect us, for example by threatening our safety or food sovereignty, what should be our rights?

Who decides what is ethical or unethical when such experiments leave the lab?

This event, at 5-7pm on Monday 1 July at UCL, London, will explore this issue through two particular case studies:

1. Gene drive organisms – in particular the proposed testing of gene drive mosquitoes and the upcoming release of genetically modified mosquitoes by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Target Malaria project in Burkina Faso.

2. Smart cities – including robotic devices such as self-driving cars.

Our speakers will be:

Zahra Moloo – independent researcher and director of the film “A Question of Consent: Exterminator Mosquitoes in Burkina Faso”.

Brice Laurent – Centre de Sociologie de l’Innovation, ParisTech (formerly Paris School of Mines).

Lim Li Ching – Senior Researcher, Third World Network.

(Speaker from the Forest Peoples Programme – to be confirmed).

Jack Stilgoe (chair) – Associate Professor, Science and Technology Studies, University College London.

Please reserve your ticket by registering here.

Organised by Science and Technology Studies, UCL and the Action Group on Erosion, Technology and Concentration (ETC Group).