Synthetic Biology in Society

A new technology under public discussion (2012-2014)


In recent years, there have been a great many publications and expert reports on the subject of Synthetic Biology. They provide an overview of the story of a field that is still in its infancy and of what the present situation is. But there are many questions which are still unresolved. In the light of the above TA-SWISS has decided to bring the social debate about Synthetic Biology to the fore in a preliminary investigation, because the subject field that is currently evolving lends itself to pursuing the question of how a still largely unknown branch of research is to be conveyed to the public – and what misunderstandings might arise between the specialist community and the (lay) public.

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Articles and links, mars 2015


Project supported by

  • Centre for Technology Assessment TA-SWISS
  • Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI

Project mandataries

  • Silke Adam, Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the University of Bern ICMB
  • Stefanie Knocks, ICMB
  • Hannah Schmid-Petri, ICMB

Supervisory group

  • Prof Dr Ueli Aebi, Biozentrum, University of Basel
  • Alain Kaufmann, Interfaccia scienza-società, University of Lausanne
  • Thomas Müller, Swiss Radio DRS, Basel
  • Prof Katharina Prelicz-Huber, Vpod, Zürich
  • Prof. Dr. Oreste Ghisalba, Commission for Technology and Innovation CTI

TA-SWISS Project Management

  • Dr Lucienne Rey, TA-SWISS. E-Mail
  • Dr Sergio Bellucci, TA-SWISS
  • Christine D’Anna-Huber, TA-SWISS
  • Dr Adrian Rüegsegger, TA-SWISS

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