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08: Biological or Synthetic Evolution?

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The modern theory of evolution represents a highly significant contribution from the classical period of Enlightenment. All organic change, including human evolution, was understood to be driven by the relationship between inheritance, variation and differential reproduction. Linguistic and cultural developments were interpreted as epiphenomena of biological evolution.

Today, human activity interferes with multiple biological parameters at an ever increasing rate and scale, introducing new technological practices, such as genetic engineering, biomedical enhancement and industrialised agriculture.

Do new principles such as epigenetics represent a niche approach, or are macro-historical processes better suited to explaining ongoing human development. Indeed, is it possible to escape the laws of biological evolution? The seminar explores to what extent human societies have eliminated the constraints of natural evolution and become creators of a phenomenon which may be termed synthetic evolution.

Assistant Professor for Science & Technology Policy, Technical University of Munich
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna

Dr. Phil. Ruth MÜLLER

Assistant Professor for Science & Technology Policy, Technical University of Munich

Studies of Molecular Biology, Specializations in Genetics, Cell biology, Science &Technology Studies, University of Vienna Researcher and M.Sc. Student Ph.D Student, Department of Science & Technology Studies, University of Vienna Postdoc, Austrian Institute of International Affairs, Science & Technology Policy Group, Vienna Research Policy Group, Lund University, Lund
2001-2007
2005-2007
2007-2012
2012-2013
2013-2015
 Visiting scholar at the Science & Justice Research Center, University of California Santa Cruz, U.S. (2010, 2011 & 2014).

Dr. Karen POLIZZI

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Imperial College London

Ph.D Student, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Postdoctoral Research Associate, School of Biosciences, University of Exeter Lecturer and RCUK Fellow, Department of Life Sciences, Imperial College London
2001-2005
2005-2006
2006-2008
2008-2014

Dr. Renée SCHROEDER

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Cell Biology, Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna

Mag.rer.nat, Biochemie, Universität Wien Dr.rer.nat, Biochemie, Universität Wien Post-doc, LMU, München Post-doc/ EMBO Stipendium, CNRS, Gif/Yvette; Wadsworth Center Post-doc/ Schrödinger Stipendium, New York Habilitation in Genetik, Universität Wien Ao. Prof. Institut für Mikrobiologie und Genetik, Universität Wien Gruppenleiterin am Institut für Mikrobiologie und Genetik, Universität Wien Professur für RNA-Biochemie, Universität Wien Österreichische Delegierte beim EMBO council Mitglied der Bioethikkommission Vizepräsidentin des Österreichischen Wissenschaftsfonds FWF Mitglied des Rates für Forschung und Technologieentwicklung Vorsitzenden der Studienkommission für Molekularbiologie
1972-1978
1978-1981
1972-1978
1982-1985
1987-1989
1993
1995-2004
1989-2004
 
 Synergistische Aktivitäten:
 1.Öffentliche Funktionen
seit 2006
1998-2004
2001-2005
2005-2010
 
 2.Akademischen Funktionen
seit 2010
1999-2002
 
 3.Editorial
 Seit 2007 Editor in Chief of RNA Biology
 
 4.Nachwuchsförderung VIPS Programm

Seminar Week

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17.08.2016

15:00 - 15:30 Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2016 Plenary
15:30 - 16:00 Opening Speeches Plenary
16:00 - 16:30 A Midsummer Night’s Dream – a Teaser Culture
17:00 - 18:30 Presentation of the Seminars Plenary
18:30 - 20:00 Bread and Wine Social

18.08.-23.08.2016

Teach For Austria Summer School: Changemaker Lab – Sapere aude! Seminar
Seminar 06: The European Union and Its Eastern Neighbours Seminar
Seminar 05: Scientific Excellence and Social Responsibility – How do they go together? Seminar
Seminar 04: World Water Resources and Human Well-Being at Risk – Trends, Data and Governance Seminar
Seminar 02: Common Challenges to the European and African Union – Climate, Demography, Migration Seminar
Seminar 08: Biological or Synthetic Evolution? Seminar
Seminar 07: (Economic-)Policy for Progress – The Return of the “Magic Polygon” Seminar
Seminar 01: Beyond Maps Seminar
Seminar 03: Religion and Power Seminar
Theatre Workshop with Students of the Royal Academy for Dramatic Art (RADA), London Seminar
Seminar 14: Art as Enlightenment in Post-Enlightenment Times? Seminar
Seminar 10: Utility of Force in the 21st Century Seminar
Seminar 13: Gender Issues in Complex Societies Seminar
Seminar 15: Smart Factory: Social Effects – Prospects for Employment – Impacts on Work and Organisation Seminar
Seminar 09: Rule of Law in China and Europe Seminar
Seminar 12: Towards a Sustainable Global Carbon Loop Seminar
Seminar 11: The European Ethos and the Sacred Seminar
Seminar 16: Understanding Big Data Seminar

24.08.2016

07:00 - 13:00 Alpbach Open Space Breakout