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On the Friday night preceding the next African-European iGEM Jamboree in Amsterdam (5 October 2012) the Rathenau Instituut will stage the Meeting of Young Minds Debate 2012, in collaboration with the regional iGEM organization committee.
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On the night preceding the first European-African iGEM jamboree in 2011 the Rathenau Instituut and the regional iGEM committee organized a Meeting of Young Minds. Future politicians and future synthetic biologists discussed the promise and perils of synthetic biology. Also this year the organizations have joined hands to organize the Meeting of Young Minds 2012, which will take place in the evening of 5 October.
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Last year the Meeting of Young Minds offered Dutch political youth organizations a stage to debate their views about synthetic biology with members of the iGEM community. This year we invite iGEM teams to prepare for a debate involving young people representing the worlds of science, the public and policy making. Teams from Africa and Europe are encouraged to propose topics for debate. We welcome (international) collaboration between teams.
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For this year’s edition iGEM teams were invited to submit topics for debate. Based on their proposals the UCL iGEM team and the iGEM team of the TU Delft were invited to work out their plan for debate. The Rathenau Instituut and European-African iGEM committee are now happy to announce the topics:
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Topics for debate should relate to the potential significance and implications of SynBio for society, including current controversies and possible future developments, public responses and political challenges, issues of risk and regulation, as well as more inclusive and intrusive transformations that may be expected from SynBio for our societies and daily lives. Below you find a non-exclusive list of potential applications and issues in the field of synbio, just to trigger your imagination and creativity. You might conceive of any combination of applications and (multiple) issues.
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The first topic is the discussion about <i>the deliberate release of synthetic organisms</i>. If synthetic biology wants to live up to its potential, we have to consider synthetic organisms being released outside the laboratory doors, using for example, synthetic organisms to clean up plastics in the ocean. However, releasing such organisms will stumble upon strong reservations, and even fear. So under what conditions should deliberate release be allowed? How do we prevent things from going wrong? And what do we do if things do go wrong?
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The debate continues about <i>the controversial H5N1 Avian bird flu research</i>. This research has led to fierce international debate and many issues yet remain to be solved. Meanwhile synthetic biology is making it easier to make or remake bad bugs, such as the H5N1 virus. Hence, the H5N1 research will certainly not be the last time biosecurity and biosafety issues will lead to fierce discussion. How should we deal with these issues?
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We invite iGEM teams to submit proposals that include (1) a well-defined topic for debate, (2) major issues and questions that might be highlighted, (3) relevant sources of information to prepare for the debate, and (4) an indication of the major stakeholders and audiences to be involved.
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Proposals (500 words) should be submitted to the Rathenau Instituut before the 6th of June 2012 (to be sent to Virgil Rerimassie: email address below). From the proposals, the Rathenau Instituut will select, in collaboration with the regional iGEM committee, three topics that will be staged for debate during the Meeting of Young Minds 2012. The Rathenau Instituut and the regional iGEM committee will announce the three selected themes by the 15th of June.
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Teams that have been selected will have to prepare a well-argued position paper (2500 words) in which they further develop the proposed topic and issues for debate. The content of the paper should be informed by relevant literature, as well as the views from relevant stakeholder groups and audiences. Teams should also propose a scheme for the organization of a fifty minutes round of debate during the Friday evening of the Meeting of Young Minds, including major questions to be debated. The three selected teams (or combinations of teams) will be offered intellectual support for their preparatory work by a network of European institutions working in the field of technology assessment. The institutions may offer help in further elaborating the draft proposal, in identifying relevant stakeholders and discussants, and in developing a format for the debate during the Meeting of Young Minds.
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During the Friday night Meeting of Young Minds members of the teams will be invited to debate their topic, views and position on stage with a selected group of young people, representing a diversity of scientific, political and societal organisations. The iGEM team which performs in a most inspiring and excellent way during the debate will be awarded the Meeting of Young Minds Debate Medal.
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The Rathenau Instituut and the European-African iGEM committee are convinced that these topics are excellent starting points for an exciting Meeting of Young Minds 2012, and welcome all iGEM participants to attend the event.
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As a general support for the preparation and elaboration of proposals for debate a Meeting of Young Minds webpage will be available on the <a href=" http://www.rathenau.nl/en/themes/project/synthetic-biology.html ">website of the Rathenau Instituut</a>.  
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To recap the Meeting of Minds of last year, check out this <a href=" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5YPUFUayTo">this movie</a>.<br>
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For more information you can also look at <a href=" http://www.rathenau.nl/en/themes/project/synthetic-biology.html ">website of the Rathenau Instituut</a>.  
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Revision as of 09:55, 21 August 2012


iGEM Europe

Meeting of Young Minds


Topics for the Meeting of Young Minds 2012 announced

For the most inspiring, relevant and well-prepared
Science and Society SynBio Debate.
Sponsored by the Rathenau Instituut, The Hague

On the night preceding the first European-African iGEM jamboree in 2011 the Rathenau Instituut and the regional iGEM committee organized a Meeting of Young Minds. Future politicians and future synthetic biologists discussed the promise and perils of synthetic biology. Also this year the organizations have joined hands to organize the Meeting of Young Minds 2012, which will take place in the evening of 5 October.

For this year’s edition iGEM teams were invited to submit topics for debate. Based on their proposals the UCL iGEM team and the iGEM team of the TU Delft were invited to work out their plan for debate. The Rathenau Instituut and European-African iGEM committee are now happy to announce the topics:

The first topic is the discussion about the deliberate release of synthetic organisms. If synthetic biology wants to live up to its potential, we have to consider synthetic organisms being released outside the laboratory doors, using for example, synthetic organisms to clean up plastics in the ocean. However, releasing such organisms will stumble upon strong reservations, and even fear. So under what conditions should deliberate release be allowed? How do we prevent things from going wrong? And what do we do if things do go wrong?

The debate continues about the controversial H5N1 Avian bird flu research. This research has led to fierce international debate and many issues yet remain to be solved. Meanwhile synthetic biology is making it easier to make or remake bad bugs, such as the H5N1 virus. Hence, the H5N1 research will certainly not be the last time biosecurity and biosafety issues will lead to fierce discussion. How should we deal with these issues?

The Rathenau Instituut and the European-African iGEM committee are convinced that these topics are excellent starting points for an exciting Meeting of Young Minds 2012, and welcome all iGEM participants to attend the event.

To recap the Meeting of Minds of last year, check out this this movie.
For more information you can also look at website of the Rathenau Instituut.