21 May 2013 - Professor Iain Gillespie joins NERC as new Director of Science
Professor Iain Gillespie has been appointed as the new Director of Science for the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
15 May 2013 - Forum Director undertakes book reviews and stakeholder events
Steve Yearley explores new avenues for engagement.
14 May 2013 - Robot-inspired new musical work to be premiered
An innovative project fusing arts and science will get its first public airing at the Royal Society of Edinburgh today.
17 April 2013 - Forum writer in residence publishes first novel
Pippa Goldschmidt’s book runner-up in Dundee International Book Prize.
28 March 2013 - Forum Deputy Director addresses meeting in Lübeck
Catherine Lyall speaks on "Genetic Transparency" at workshop funded by German Government.
26 March 2013 - “Could too little play-time harm children and society?” experts set to debate
Pat Kane joined by other specialists in play, at Edinburgh International Science Festival event.
11 March 2013 - The Evaporation of Things symposium
Event to examine how digital technology is resulting in the “evaporation” of real “things”
27 February 2013 - Forum engages with government scientific advisors
Forum Director involved in chief scientific advisor events.
26 February 2013 - New "Bright Ideas" Fellows welcomed to the Forum
Forum’s latest Visiting Fellows hail from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and the Scottish Parliament.
22 February 2013 - Forum academics produce special section of Science and Public Policy
Isabel Fletcher and Catherine Lyall co-edit journal on "Investing in Interdisciplinarity"
21 February 2013 - Forum Researchers receive ESRC award to investigate the politics of monitoring
Eugénia Rodrigues and Steve Yearley to be co-investigators in a major new research initiative.
20 February 2013 - Forum “gets creative” about factual life-science writing
Visiting Research Fellow organises “sell-out” workshop as part of “Innovative Learning Week”.
12 February 2013 - Forum Director nominated for teaching award
Steve Yearley in the running for Edinburgh University Students’ Association prize
11 February 2013 - Tell them our stories
Exhibits from Surgeons’ Hall Museum “brought to life” at public event
22 January 2013 - Edinburgh young people to engage with nature conservation
Come along and watch our conservation-themed pantomime!
16 January 2013 - Considering risk assessment and regulation of emerging life science technologies
Forum Fellow convenes scientists, social scientists and policy professionals, to facilitate foresight on regulation.
14 January 2013 - Research in a Nutshell
Genomics Forum staff talk about their research in 1 minute videos.
17 December 2012 - The Evolving Promise of the Life Sciences Global Forum
Blogs and photographs of the OECD/Genomics Forum event published.
30 November 2012 - The Carbon Crunch
Steve Yearley reviews Dieter Helm’s book – on how we’re getting climate change wrong – for the Times Higher Education magazine.
27 November 2012 - Forum Director to address Gairdner Foundation/Genome Canada event
Steve Yearley to speak at leading international genomics conference
22 November 2012 - OECD/Genomics Forum conference attracts media attention
“The Observer” publishes article on issues raised in marine biotech session
09 November 2012 - Expert Global Forum to Consider the "Evolving Promise of the Life Sciences"
Leading experts in life and social sciences consider perspectives on historic and evolving biotechnological developments.
08 November 2012 - Neuro-Ethics Film Festival 2012 to Examine Ethical Implications of How Our Brains Govern Our Behaviour
2012 programme for Biomedical Ethics Film Festival announced.
08 November 2012 - Photographer-in-Residence's work shown at "Portraits of Britain" exhibition
Genomics Forum photographer's work appears at exhibition celebrating UK social sciences.
05 November 2012 - Festival Event Asks: “Could a Biotech Revolution Transform Scotland and Ignite Interest in the Life Sciences?”
Biotechnology at centre of Genomics Forum and Innogen Festival of Social Science Event.
24 October 2012 - Cell Culture - Examining how science and literature interact
Leading authors to discuss how the life sciences influence their work.
05 October 2012 - Global pandemics, science in literature and the importance of biotechnology to Scotland...
Genomics Forum announces diverse and engaging events for the autumn.
27 September 2012 - Forum workshop considers impact of converging technologies (CTs)
Experts debate influence of CTs on science, society and democracy.
26 September 2012 - Filmmakers-in-Residence put work of Genomics Network in focus
Impact of the Genomics Forum and Network to be documented in film.
13 September 2012 - Experts meet to discuss improving intelligence relating to emerging bio-weapon threats
Scientists, sociologists and security and policy experts meet to discuss improving intelligence on emerging security threats from biotech.
06 September 2012 - Debate around human cloning set to be reignited
Join us for a dramatised reading of Caryl Churchill’s play A Number.
05 September 2012 - A twistedly clever, frighteningly plausible dystopian glimpse
Intrusion by Ken MacLeod on Wellcome Trust Book Prize 2012 longlist
29 August 2012 - Those soft green hills, the ledged sea-cliffs, the shallow lochs, those curving sweeps of sand...
Forum's Creative Space team head to Orkney
17 August 2012 - Forum Playwright-in-Residence wins Fringe First award
Peter Arnott’s play about US war veterans receives prestigious recognition.
16 August 2012 - Scientists in fiction – creative or crazed geniuses?
Science at school is seen as a facts and figures discipline but it’s a rich source of innovation..
16 August 2012 - Congratulations to Genomics Forum former Writer in Residence!
Ken MacLeod has been appointed Writer in Residence at Edinburgh Napier University
06 August 2012 - Will DIY-bio potentially benefit or threaten society?
DIY-Bio: Empowerment or anarchy? Edinburgh International Book Festival debate
13 July 2012 - Call for Documentary Filmmaker in Residence
Applications invited for documentary filmmaker in residence opportunity
02 July 2012 - Genomics Forum announces new Deputy Director appointment
Dr Catherine Lyall to take up new post from July
25 June 2012 - 'Grand challenge' symposium considers implications of epigenetics to society
World experts meet in Edinburgh to consider how life experiences impact on our genes.
21 June 2012 - Bio-hackers, mad scientists and society’s influence on our genetics to be debated at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2012
Genomics Forum delighted to develop three events as part of this year's Book Festival programme.
28 May 2012 - Forum’s Writer in Residence scripts graphic story about stem cells
Ken MacLeod collaborates in inventive approach to telling the story of stem cell research
23 May 2012 - Call for Applications for Photographer in Residence
Great opportunity for a recently-graduated photographer to gain experience working creatively in an education/research environment.
14 May 2012 - 'Saving Sebastian' event launched
'Saviour sibling’ fiction prompts ethical debate.
09 May 2012 - Could reading Harry Potter help scientists cure the common cold?
New research to examine the influence of literature upon scientists.
20 April 2012 - The Green Paradox
Professor Steve Yearley reviews Hans-Werner Sinn’s latest book, for Times Higher Education magazine.
11 April 2012 - Behind the Scenes at The Fly Room
Learn how the Forum’s Resident Playwright develops his genomics drama.
11 April 2012 - Genomics, drama and literature combine at the British Library
Forum resident writers feature in an exciting evening of fact and fiction.
10 April 2012 - Are Scientists Human?
Creative writing workshop to explore the “human face” of science.
30 March 2012 - Genomics Forum Participates in Edinburgh International Science Festival
Genomics Forum “delighted” to contribute to the 2012 Edinburgh International Science Festival.
23 March 2012 - Rehearsals for "Talent Night at The Fly Room" Progress Apace
Preparations for Peter Arnott’s Genomics Revue come to fruition.
20 March 2012 - Debating testing for inherited heart conditions
Footballer's collapse highlights debate on testing for inherited heart conditions.
15 March 2012 - Talking `Climategate` in Norway
Forum Director Steve Yearley visits TIK Centre, Oslo.
15 March 2012 - Forum Writer in Residence wins Award
Pippa Goldschmidt wins Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.
06 March 2012 - Tick-tock goes the clock
Social Anthropologist Karen Jent offers final lab notes.
23 February 2012 - Playwright in Residence - new work set to fly
Peter Arnott is under commission by the Traverse Theatre to write a genomics-related play.
16 February 2012 - Mediating Climate Change
Book review by Genomics Forum Director, Steve Yearley for Times Higher Education magazine.
14 February 2012 - Sharing Bright Ideas
Alessandro Delfanti concluded his visit to the Genomics Forum with a workshop on sharing.
08 February 2012 - Public Health Genomics Foundation appoints Former Forum Researcher
Congratulations to Dr Nina Hallowell on her new role.
19 January 2012 - Prestigious international academics visit the Genomics Forum as Bright Ideas Fellows
A great line up of events for February and March 2012
18 January 2012 - Playing God
On Tuesday 17 January, the BBC Horizon programme focused on synthetic biology
04 January 2012 - Assistant Principal of Global Development
Congratulations to James Smith on his recent appointment
15 December 2011 - Getting Creative
Lisa Matthews sparkles as the Genomics Forum’s final Bright Ideas Fellow of 2011
14 December 2011 - The Infamous Brothers Davenport
The Forum's Resident Playwright Peter Arnott is in rehearsals with a new play at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
12 December 2011 - Job opportunities at the Genomics Forum
Two exciting vacancies for an Events Manager and Press and Communications Officer.
06 December 2011 - Knowledge Brokers
More than 200 attending the Genomics Forum’s Bridging the Gap Conference on Wednesday 7 December 2011.
07 November 2011 - Sociology journal special issue
Call for submissions for issue to be edited by EGN team
30 November 2011 - Steve Yearley to be new ECRR chairman
Genomics Forum Director, Professor Steve Yearley, has become the new Executive Committee Chairman of the Edinburgh Consortium for Rural Research (ECRR).
29 November 2011 - Shooting Wildlife
Photographers are encouraged to get wildlife in their sights for the EUZOOS-XXI International Biological Art Contest.
22 November 2011 - Britain In 2012
Enjoy a bumper number of Genomics Network articles in this annual ESRC publication.
17 November 2011 - Science and the public good
On 21 November the Genomics Forum hosts a joint public discussion event with both The Royal Society of London and Edinburgh.
10 November 2011 - Article receives top accolade
Steve Yearley is the author of Current Sociology's most cited article
09 November 2011 - Life in the Gray Zone
Emma Frow, Genomics Forum Research Fellow secures a year in Harvard and a new job.
20 October 2011 - Bright Ideas on knowledge markets
Iain Gillespie joins the Forum as a Visiting Fellow
19 October 2011 - Argentina and the UK
Bright Ideas Fellow compares regulation on stem cells
13 October 2011 - Starring Frankenstein and a cast of vampires!
Check out the Genomics Networks events at the ERSC Festival of Social Science 2011
12 October 2011 - Dressing for the Past, Exploring the Future
Forum staff attend the Traverse Salon Project.
06 October 2011 - Where’s Your Top Hat? The Forum at The Salon Project
On Friday 7 October, Dr Matthias Wienroth will be one of the guest speakers at The Salon Project.
02 October 2011 - Bright Ideas turn to crime
The Genomics Forum is delighted to welcome Mairi Levitt as a Bright Ideas Fellow.
28 September 2011 - PET poll on genes and race
Have your say on genes, ancestry and racial identity.
28 September 2011 - Playwright Provokes Debate
Resident Playwright Peter Arnott stages a debate on genomics.
22 September 2011 - Gengage Third Annual Network Conference 2011
Conference reports and videos now available.
22 September 2011 - Warm welcome to Dr Matthias Wienroth
A new Academic Research Fellow at ESRC Genomics Forum
31 August 2011 - Men and Monkeys Revisited
Join us for an exciting dramatic lecture from our Resident Playwright
15 August 2011 - Festival Blogs Now Live!
Genomics Forum blogs and author interviews direct from the Edinburgh Book Festival now available.
12 August 2011 - Getting All Booked Up
The Edinburgh International Book Festival 2011 opens its doors this weekend (13-14 August) and the ESRC Genomics Forum looks forward to staging three highly topical debates.
09 August 2011 - Quasi-Religious Arguments in Social Debates About New Technologies
Seminar from our recent Bright Ideas Fellow John H. Evans now available on Forum’s You Tube Channel.
09 August 2011 - Teenage Trouble
Ticket Giveaway for Book Festival debate for young adults.
25 July 2011 - A Perfect Moral Storm
A philosophers take on climate change is reviewed by Genomics Forum Director, Steve Yearley in the current edition of Times Higher Education.
07 July 2011 - Book Review of 'Mao's Great Famine'
Read Genomics Forum Director, Steve Yearley's review of the winner of the BBC Samuel Johnson Prize 2011.
06 July 2011 - Join the debate at the Edinburgh Book Festival
The ESRC Genomics Forum is delighted to be sponsoring a series of panel debates as part of the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2011.
21 June 2011 - Gengage Annual Conference 2011
More that just a guinea pig? Your Genes and Clinical Research
15 June 2011 - Abrupt climate change from Land's End
Genomics Forum Director, Steve Yearley reviews `The Fate of Greenland: Lessons from Abrupt Climate Change' for The Times Higher Education Magazine.
14 June 2011 - Synthetic Biology Sells Out
Dr Emma Frow, Genomics Forum Research Fellow joins delegates at SB5.0: the Fifth International Meeting on Synthetic Biology.
09 June 2011 - Bright Ideas bring added value
Professor Francis Lee, of Linköping University is the first in an exciting list of Summer Bright Ideas Fellows visiting the Genomics Forum.
25 May 2011 - Call for workshops, panels, papers and posters
Bridging the gap between research, policy and practice: The importance of intermediaries (knowledge brokers) in producing research impact
19 May 2011 - New Blogs from Resident Playwright
Peter Arnott, Residence Playwright at the Genomics Forum blogs about his new role.
18 May 2011 - Climate Change still a `hot’ topic
During May 2011 Genomics Forum Director, Steve Yearley has been participating in a number of climate change related activities.
27 April 2011 - Dances with Wolves?
View striking images of Genomics Forum Director, Steve Yearley as his work as the lead sociologist on the EU Zoos-XX1 project found him joining a Swedish wolf pack at Kolmården Zoo.
14 April 2011 - Resident Playwright joins the ESRC Genomics Forum
The ESRC Genomics Forum in partnership with the Edinburgh Traverse Theatre is delighted to welcome Peter Arnott as Resident Playwright in a new joint artistic venture.
14 March 2011 - Out Now `the gen' on-line
The latest edition of the newsletter of the ESRC Genomics Network is available to view and download online.
07 March 2011 - A full hand of new books
The ESRC Genomics Network Genetics and Society Book Series - Five exciting new titles for 2011.
02 March 2011 - Network Stars on Film
Four short videos featuring staff from across the Network.
02 March 2011 - Genomics Network - Bundle of blogs!
Our centres and visitors have some great blogs for you to visit and comment on..
02 March 2011 - Wanted: Your Brain
For a deliberative event on brain donation and brain banking.
02 February 2011 - Calling all playwrights!
The Genomics Forum is delighted to announce the launch of a new artistic venture.
29 January 2011 - Poetry Winners Announced
Winners of the ESRC Genomics Forum Poetry Competition were announced during a reception held on Saturday 29 January 2011 at the Scottish Poetry Library.
19 January 2011 - Gengage Network Secretary Vacancy - closing date 31 January 2011
Gengage (the Scottish Healthcare Genetics Public Engagement Network) is looking for an enthusiastic individual to join the team.
06 December 2010 - Genomics: offering the promise of a better future?
Press Notice highlighting the start of this year's annual EGN conference.
11 November 2010 - Press release - Psychiatry Ethics Film Festival
We are supporting the annual biomedical ethics film festival held at Edinburgh Filmhouse.
09 November 2010 - Food Standards Agency research into Nanotechnology and Food
Professor Steve Yearley to present on the potential applications of nanotechnology in food.
19 October 2010 - Forum Director at 2010 Manchester Science Festival
Professor Steve Yearley, will discuss the possible benefits and the potential risks of synthetic biology as part of a the Manchester Science Festival event - Artificial Life: Promises and Pitfalls
06 October 2010 - Creative writing inspired by genomics
Global response to Genomics Forum Poetry Competition
13 September 2010 - New edition of the ESRC Genomics Network Newsletter
The September 2010 issue of "the gen" is now available for download
25 August 2010 - Synthetic biology dialogue report released
Results of the Genomics Forum's public dialogue on synthetic biology using the Democs tool are now available.
19 August 2010 - Genomics Forum Poetry Competition 2010
The Forum is delighted to announce a brand new writing competition for budding poets in partnership with the Scottish Poetry Library.
16 August 2010 - Forum Director to advise the American Sociological Association
Professor Steve Yearley has been invited to serve as an international adviser to the American Sociological Association's (ASA) ‘Task Force on Sociology and Global Climate Change’ which starts work later this year.
16 August 2010 - Judged by genetics?
The Forum is looking forward to a lively discussion exploring the controversial issue of using DNA testing to determine the nationality of asylum seekers at its 'Judged by Genetics?' event at the Festival of Politics on 17/08/10.
27 July 2010 - Gengage Network Officer Vacancy - closing date 17 Aug 2010
Gengage (the Scottish Healthcare Genetics Public Engagement Network) is looking for a public engagement officer to manage and promote the network.
27 July 2010 - Forum at Edinburgh International Book Festival - ticket update
2 of the Forum's events are now SOLD OUT via the book festival's website but we still have a few complimentary tickets available.
07 July 2010 - Project Officer post - Genetic Alliance UK
The Genetic Alliance are looking for a self starter, to coordinate and deliver the Paving the Way project.
14 June 2010 - The state we're in: society's responses to climate change
Speaker presentations now available to download.
25 May 2010 - Wind Power Planning and Public Engagement: Challenges and Opportunities
Read Dr. Mhairi Aitken's briefing note relating to community engagement and wind power.
24 May 2010 - Venter: Artificial living cell will benefit humanity
Ken MacLeod comments on Craig Venter's synthetic cell announcement in the Guardian's 'Comment is Free'.
13 May 2010 - RSE induction for Forum Director
Professor Steve Yearley, Director of the Genomics Forum was formally inducted into the Royal Soceity of Edinburgh last week (03 May 2010).
05 May 2010 - Creative Writing Workshop
Pippa Goldschmidt and Ken Macleod will deliver a creative writing workshop at the annual BSA/ Wellcome Science Communications conferece in London on Tuesday 25 May.
05 May 2010 - Bright Ideas Programme visits announced
The Forum has announced details of its first Bright Ideas Programme visitors.
05 May 2010 - Climate change event a success
Over 70 academics and environment experts attended today's (5 May) event exploring society's responses to climate change.
25 March 2010 - Climate science a hot topic at Social Session 04
The fourth Social Session on 10 March produced a lively discussion.
11 March 2010 - Funding for EU Zoos project
Professor Steve Yearley has received funding for a Genomics Forum team to partner the EUZoos-XXI project.
04 March 2010 - New edition of the ESRC Genomics Network Newsletter
The March 2010 issue of "the gen" is available for download
01 March 2010 - Honour for Genomics Forum Director
Steve Yearley, Director of the ESRC Genomics Policy & Research Forum has been named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE), today (Monday 1 March 2010).
19 February 2010 - £2.5 million funding package for Genomics Forum
The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has awarded a further £2.58 million to the ESRC Genomics Forum.
04 February 2010 - Kelley Swain's visit to the Genomics Forum
Kelly Swain our most recent visiting fellow spent a busy and exciting week at the Forum.
21 January 2010 - 'Designer VRFs' at the Forum
The Genomics Forum is delighted to welcome designers Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and James King as Visiting Fellows from 2-5 February.
18 January 2010 - The Social Sessions 03: Base Pairs and Couplets
The event on Wednesday 13 January was a great sucess.
24 November 2009 - ESRC Genomics Forum Welcomes DNA Databases Recommendations
The HGC recently published a report on the governance of the UK's National DNA Database.
20 November 2009 - Dr Steve Sturdy discusses forensics with Ian Rankin and Lin Anderson
The second of the Forum's Social Sessions was another interesting night.
05 November 2009 - Battle of Ideas
Forum Writer in Residence, Ken MacLeod took part in a panel discussion on the 'designer babies' controversy.
21 October 2009 - Forum's first Social Session a Sucess
Writer in Residence Ken MacLeod hosted a lively discussion exploring how science fiction has portrayed scientific work.
05 October 2009 - Synthetic Biology Democs game available to download
New public engagement kits for synthetic biology are available.
- Ken MacLeod in Science (Fiction) Experiment
Renowned Sci-Fi author to be published in an unusu al anthology of science fiction short stories
01 October 2009 - Improvements to our Publications section
Find EGN publications more easily with our new Sort Tool
28 August 2009 - Visiting Research Fellow
John H. Evans, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego, recently visited the Genomics Forum.
17 August 2009 - Genomics short story competition winner appeared at Edinburgh Book Festival
Ben Smart read from 'The Test' at the Writers' Retreat, Charlotte Square, on 26 August
28 September 2009 - Edinburgh Book Festival - Summaries available
Written summaries of ESRC Genomics Forum sponsored events are now available to download
17 August 2009 - Press Release - Dolly creator debates the impact of his work
Sir Ian Wilmut joins entrepreneur Simon Best and international research scientist Christine Mummery at Forum event.
06 August 2009 - Visiting Research Fellow
Angus Clarke, Professor in Clinical Genetics from the University of Cardiff is currently visiting the Genomics Forum
06 August 2009 - Festival of Politics
The Forum are organising an event at the Edinburgh Festival of Politics: 'From Darwin to Dolly – and Beyond!'
09 July 2009 - Humangenreproject.com
The Human Genre Project is a collection of new writing inspired by genes and genomics.
03 June 2009 - Steve Yearley to give keynote address at London Zoo
The Forum Director will give a keynote address on the topic of "the Sociology of Conservation Controversies"
26 May 2009 - Forum Director published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface
Forum Director published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface
12 May 2009 - Short Story Competition - Update
We have had over 100 entries to our short story competition.
28 April 2009 - Forum Visiting Research Fellow elected to South African Parliament
Professor Wilmot James to represent the Democratic Alliance.
09 April 2009 - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act: A Retrospective
Audio files and presentations from the Genomics Forum conference now available.
07 April 2009 - New parenthood provisions for same-sex couples
Changes to parenthood law under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 came into force on 6 April.
26 March 2009 - Can science fiction keep up with modern science?
The Forum's Writer in Residence, Ken MacLeod discusses science fiction's relationship with science fact on the BBC website
06 March 2009 - Forum Director Steve Yearley comments on Synthetic Biology
'Britain in 2009' magazine asks Prof Yearley about the ramifications of synthetic biology
25 February 2009 - The Politics of Plants
Article calls for joined-up thinking on plant research and governance.
20 February 2009 - ESRC Genomics Forum collaboration helps to win award
Inquiry developed new approach to encouraging members of the public to have their say about forensic databases.
05 February 2009 - Sociology, Genomics and Science Fiction
The Genomics Forum's Writer in Residence, Ken MacLeod discusses the relationship between Sociology, Genomics and Science Fiction:
28 January 2009 - Short Story Competition
Are you up to the challenge of writing a short piece of fiction with a genetics-based theme?
16 December 2008 - First 'Questioning the Tree of Life' event
The Network held its first event in Pittsburgh.
05 December 2008 - Genomics Forum Blog
Our writer in residence, Pippa Goldschmidt shares her views on the world of genomics.
Latest newsRead the latest news from the ESRC Genomics Network below, or visit the links to the right and left of this page for further information on Network activities.
10 March 2009 - Press Release: UK science policy: who decides?
Press release for Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act: a retrospective conference