Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
Keynote Speaker for MaxSynBio
Matthias Braun serves as an Assistant Professor at the Chair of Systematic Theology II (Ethics) at the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. His current research deals with questions of political ethics (the relationship between democracy, civil society and the rule of law) as well as with the ethical, legal and social challenges of new technologies (especially: Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Genome Editing). In addition to scientific publications and national and international lectures, Matthias Braun has been able to attract and carry out numerous research projects.
Keynote Presentation: Governance through Participation? Ethical Questions and Practical Implications for SynBio
Joint presentation with Matthias Braun.
Abstract: While governance approaches are increasingly adapting to the complex and wicked problems of synthetic biology, the practical implications of those approaches in view of workable (long-term) public engagement strategies need further thought. We scrutinize and debate the role and meaning of public participation for different dimensions of governance and propose six focus areas for a future governance of synthetic biology. The emphasis lies on questions of structural innovation and the roles and responsibilities of researchers, funding institutions, stakeholders and legislators to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of what participation as governance might be able to achieve or not.