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Interuniversity Course on Clinical and Research Genomic Data Sharing and Access

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Interuniversity Course on Clinical and Research Genomic Data Sharing and Access

In order to make the promises of genomic medicine a reality, various national and international organizations have endorsed responsible genomic data sharing in both clinical and research settings. Sharing individual-level genomic data however could generate various concerns. Individual-level genomic data contains sensitive personal information which are worthy of robust privacy protection. Additionally, further processing of data, originally accumulated for a single project, gives a new twist to the discussion on the adequacy of informed consent mechanism.  In order to ensure responsible data sharing, it is crucial to discuss the challenges and promises associated with genomic data sharing with clinicians and the researchers in the field. To address this goal, on August 31st  and September 1st 2017,  Leuven Institute for Human Genomics and Society will be organizing the interuniversity course on clinical and research genomic data sharing, which aims to discuss the current state of the art in clinical and research genomic data sharing and address the associated ethical, legal and social challenges. The interuniversity course will be a combination of lectures and interactive discussions. All participants should register for the event using the registration form before July 31st, 2017. To download the registration form and for program information and practical details, see:...

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Think(er)ing with Epigenetics – 15-16th June 2017 – KU Leuven

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Think(er)ing with Epigenetics – 15-16th June 2017 – KU Leuven

In the context of our research group at KU Leuven on challenges in the postgenomic era, we would like to bring together ongoing discussions from various disciplines about the vast field of epigenetics. Epigenetics (re-)emerges in a politically and morally charged history of eugenics, biopolitics, and related debates on nature/nurture. Epigenetics is heralded by some as finally helping us to move beyond that history and its violent assumptions, while others warn for a reiteration of precisely those assumptions in terms of individual biochemistry (thereby obscuring socio-political and historical environmental factors again). Agendas of environmental justice seem as much strengthened as weakened by epigenetics, depending on the epistemological as well as ethical values performed by the respective research-designs. Indeed, the notion of ‘evidence’ cannot be taken for granted, and therefore we propose to ‘think and tinker with’ epigenetics as a mode of attention towards body-environment interactions, thus asking how these challenge scientific, moral and political assumptions. Programme: Thursday, 15th June (room 00.74) 13h15 -13h30: Welcome & Registration 13h30 -14h00: Introduction by Katrin Solhdju (VUB & KU Leuven) & Kim Hendrickx (FWO & KU Leuven) 14h00 -15h00: Hype and Challenges of Molecular Epigenetics – Vanessa Lux (Ruhr University Bochum) 15h00 -16h00: Of Rats and Women: Figurations of Motherhood in Environmental Epigenetics – Ruth Müller (TU München) 16h00 -16h30: coffee break 16h30 -17h30: The Postgenomic Body: Another Plasticity is Happening – Maurizio Meloni (University of Sheffield) 17h30 -18h30: Turtling all the way down”? Some notes on interspecies epi- and symbiogenesis – Katrin Solhdju (Vrije Universiteit Brussel & KU Leuven)   Friday, 16th June (room 00.74) 9h30 -10h30: Can we Learn to Speculate with Epigenetics? – Kim Hendrickx (KU Leuven) 10h30 -10h45: coffee break 10h45 -11h45: Which Metaphysics for Epigenetics? – Didier Debaise (Université Libre de Bruxelles) 11h45 -12h15: Final Discussion 12h15: Goodbye lunch For more information, see: https://soc.kuleuven.be/ceso/life-sciences-society-lab/calendar/InternationalWorkshopOnTThink%28er%29ingWithEpigenetics Participation is free but please register before June 9th: kim.hendrickx@kuleuven.be...

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The Economisation of Lifestyle/Lifestylisation of Economy – May 9th 2017, KU Leuven

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The Economisation of Lifestyle/Lifestylisation of Economy – May 9th 2017, KU Leuven

We are pleased to announce that the International Workshop ‘The Economisation of Lifestyle/Lifestylisation of Economy’, organised by the Life Sciences and Society Lab (KU Leuven), will be hosted in Leuven (Belgium), on May, 9th, 2017. Processes of behaviour-based personalisation are penetrating everyday life through wearable technologies, such as smart phones, fitness trackers, and new analytical tools, such as predictive modelling. Big data, and the different forms of personalisation that accompany it, is promising to revolutionise the way we ‘live, work and think’. The workshop reflects on the dynamic relation between processes of economisation of life and knowledge practices to calculate ‘the way we live’, which are at the same time processes of lifestylisation of economy. The focus will be on emerging shifts in the ways different actors are mobilized and on how new technologies contribute to economize lifestyles resulting in new classifications and social ramifications with regards to the ways we live. The invited speakers of this one-day workshop are Turo-Kimmo Lehtonen (University of Tampere, Finland), Kean Birch (University of Toronto/York University, Canada) and Liz McFall (Open University, UK). You can find the full programme on the website of the Life Sciences and Society Lab. Practical info: Date: May 9th 2017, 9.45AM-03.45PM Meeting venue: Institute of Philosophy, Kardinaal Mercierplein 2, 3000 Leuven This workshop is open to everyone, but registration is necessary Registration: gert.meyers@kuleuven.be Organisation: Gert Meyers & Ine Van Hoyweghen, Life Sciences & Society Lab, KU Leuven  ...

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Call for Papers: Dag van de sociologie – STS

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Call for Papers: Dag van de sociologie – STS

On June 8th, the Vlaamse Vereniging voor Sociologie and the Nederlandse Sociologische Vereniging are organizing a conference entitled “Dag van de sociologie” in Brussels. BSTS members are hosting a panel on science and technology studies. The deadline for abstract submissions is 31/3. For more information, see: http://www.dagvandesociologie2017.be/panels/

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Special events with Donna Haraway

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Special events with Donna Haraway

Donna Haraway is invited by the GECO team at ULB at the end of March! 29-31 march 2017 29 March 2017: A study day around and with Donna Haraway at ULB. Full program available here. 30 and 31 March 2017 : Two events @Bozar with Donna...

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Invitation Lab Seminar: From Citizen Science to DIYbio, or Science beyond the University?

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  MASSIMILIANO SIMONS (KU Leuven) & WINNIE PONCELET (ReaGent) ‘From Citizen Science to DIYbio, or Science beyond the University?’ Download the program or visit the CESO website. – Tuesday, March 7, 14-16 PM – Room: 02.163 (Faculty of Social Sciences, CeSO, second floor, Parkstraat 45, Leuven) BIO Winnie Poncelet is a biochemical engineer, biohacker, entrepreneur, science communicator. After a short career in industrial insect breeding, he was one of the initiators behind the first DIYbio lab in Flanders, ReaGent, where he researches new biodegradable materials. He’s also a driving force behind Ekoli, a non-profit dedicated to bringing bioscience education to underprivileged groups and school children. Recently he has teamed up with several colleagues in the collective Break it Down to offer his experience as services in science communication and innovation in education. Massimiliano Simons is a philosopher currently doing a PhD at the Institute of Philosophy (HIW) at the KU Leuven funded by the Research Foundation – Flanders (FWO). His work is mainly focused upon constructivist claims about nature within French philosophy of science, ranging from Gaston Bachelard to Bruno Latour. Specifically, his project is concerned with understanding epistemological shifts within contemporary life sciences such as synthetic biology, systems biology and metagenomics. ABSTRACT Do-It-Yourself biology or DIYbio aims to open the field of molecular biology to all who are interested by showing that it can be done within one’s own garage or by opening community labs. In this sense it can be considered as one of the contemporary shapes of citizen or ‘amateur’ science. A great part of the existing literature focuses on how these cases can be seen as the sign of a democratization of science. However, within these studies it is often forgotten that many of the members of the movements such as DIYbio are well-trained scientists with PhDs and other official credentials. Not only can this fact problematize the claims made by these studies, but it is also something that they cannot explain. Why do certified rocket scientists feel the need to design rockets outside of the official institutions? Why do biologists with a PhD stop their training and start tinkering in their basements? Beyond a general introduction to DIYbio, this paper aims to do three things. First of all it aims to analyze the phenomenon at the level of discourse, mainly focusing on the anti-institutional element of DIYbio. Rather than seeing this citizen science as merely a form of the democratization of the sciences, its origins lay within a deep-rooted critique on existing institutions such as the universities and the biotech industry. Secondly, these discourses are contrasted conceptually with the possible historical origins of the movement, ranging from synthetic biology, hackerspaces to the biotech industry itself. The central question will be: even if at a discourse level they present themselves as the renaissance of biology, are there other tendencies, histories and origins present in their practices? Thirdly, an attempt will be made to sketch possible future scenarios of DIYbio, based on personal experiences of setting up and maintaining a DIYbio lab and community, insights as a member of the global DIYbio movement and experience in implementing professional services in the DIYbio and maker sphere. Three observations will be at the core of this discourse. Firstly, DIYbio today encompasses many different kinds of initiatives that practise...

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CfP Workshop On the Limits of Knowing: Political Economy of Technoscience – 29-30/8 – MIT

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For its 2017 “pre-4S” conference in Boston, the Changing Political Economy of Research and Innovation (CPERI) network invites papers that address the changing political economy of research & innovation. For full program details and practical information, see: On The Limits of Knowing: Ignorance, Promises and Political Economy of Knowledge | political economy of technoscience BSTS provides up to €400 funding for BSTS members whose abstracts are accepted. Send your funding application (including a copy of your acceptance letter) to Prof. Ine Van Hoyweghen: ine.vanhoyweghen@kuleuven.be Only one application per person please. ...

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Inhabiting Postgenomic Worlds. Reconfiguring Responsibilities and Solidarities — B.STS Workshop KU Leuven, 7-8 December 2016

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Inhabiting Postgenomic Worlds. Reconfiguring Responsibilities and Solidarities — B.STS Workshop  KU Leuven, 7-8 December 2016

Inhabiting Postgenomic Worlds. Reconfiguring Responsibilities and Solidarities B.STS Workshop KU Leuven, 7-8 December 2016 The full sequencing of the “human genome” has had and continues to have multiple range of consequences. In this so-called ‘postgenomic era’, promises, expectations, fears, hypes and hopes abound. This workshop intends to ground such narratives into an empirical question: what are current existing and/or emerging modes of inhabiting postgenomic worlds? By stressing ‘inhabiting’, we look out for situated accounts of how humans and non-humans engage in (post-)genomic entanglements. We unfold such entanglements in which the very existence of “genomes” and genomic capabilities do make a difference, i.e. entanglements where genomics define the conditions of possibility of the inter-relationships. They can be new, such as specific forms of knowledge or emerging interest groups (patient groups; citizens) but they can also emerge out of existing socio-technical institutions and practices that are being re-configured under the sign of postgenomics (e.g. insurance practices; genetic counselling; biomedical scientific practices). In this respect, this workshop pays careful attention to the articulation of postgenomics with experiential knowledge and personal, biographical or collective lifeworlds. An important generic question that this workshop wants to address through these various sites and accounts is: What is at stake (in a particular entanglement)? This question obliges to connect dense empirical accounts with important philosophical, sociological and political issues such as solidarity, difference, responsibility, or the nature/nurture tension in these postgenomic endeavours. This way, such issues are apprehended as situated and not universal, which means that care must be taken while exploring the context-sensitivity of their political valence. Possible questions include: how do (post-)genomic disease or risk classifications connect to the themes of solidarity and/or responsibility? How is the ‘environment’ defined in specific (epi-)genomic experiments, and how does this reconfigure and displace notions of responsibility? Which collectives or assemblages are made possible through the circulation of postgenomic data (and which aren’t)? How do the politics of the nature/nurture divide play out in specific experiments? What moralities are inscribed in genomic sequencing technologies? How will postgenomic research practices impact claims to justice and solidarity?   Programme: December 6, 2016 (pre-programme) 18.00 – 19.30 pm:  Lecture Prof. Stefan Timmermans (UCLA) at CeSO Solidarity Lecture Series (Centre for Sociological Research (CeSO), KU Leuven) http://soc.kuleuven.be/fsw/kalender/ceso-solidarity-lecture-series-2016-stefan-timmermans   December 7, 2016: Start Workshop, Irish College, KU Leuven 09.30 – 10.00: Welcome and Introduction, Ine Van Hoyweghen & Kim Hendrickx (KU Leuven) 10.00 – 12.15 : Session 1: Articulating Patients, Biology, and Information (Chair: Catherine Fallon (tbc) (Ulg)) 10.00 – 10.30: “Genetic diagnosis: entanglement of temporalities and emergence of patients and relatives’ evidence-based activism in Belgium”, Fanny Duysens (Ulg) 10.30 – 11.00: “The biological ‘fault’ that prompts responsible action’. A sociological analysis of genetic responsibility with Flemish BRCA mutation carriers” Annet Wauters (KU Leuven) 11.00 – 11.30: “An Improbable Alliance: Can Genetic Counseling Learn from Divination?” Katrin Sohldju (VUB/KU Leuven) 11.30 – 12.00 : Session Wrap up and practical information 12.00 – 14.00: Lunch 14.00 – 16.00: Session 2: Postgenomics and its Market-State Infrastructures (Chair: Pierre Delvenne (Ulg)) 14.00 -14.30: “Translating postgenomics from ‘bedside’ to ‘billing’: Tracing solidarities in delivery of biomedical innovations” Erik Aarden (Vienna University) 14.30 – 15.00: “Rare Diseases and orphan drugs for the social sciences” Marc Dooms (KU Leuven) 15.00 – 15.30: “From solidarity to fairness? Taking behaviour into account in insurance products” Gert Meyers (KU...

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Life science & Society Lab’s guest lecture: Katrin Solhdju – ‘Co-Constructing Huntington’s Disease: An Ecological Perspective’

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The lecture of Katrin Soldhju is postponed to November 15 (instead of October 25 as was previously announced). GUEST LECTURE KATRIN SOLHDJU – ‘CO-CONSTRUCTING HUNTINGTON’S DISEASE: AN ECOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE’ When 25 Oct 2016  November 15 from 02:00 PM to 04:00 PM Where SW 02.15 Add event to calendar vCal iCal Katrin Solhdju (VUB) will give a guest lecture entitled ‘Co-constructing Huntington’s Disease: An Ecological Perspective’ in our MA course Genomics and Society. Details about the lecture can be found here. Open to everyone! Please confirm your attendance by email: Annet...

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CESO Solidarity Lecture Series 2016 “Solidarity in Europe: A new future for an old idea?”

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CESO Solidarity Lecture Series 2016 “Solidarity in Europe: A new future for an old idea?”

This interdisciplinary lecture series aims to shed light on the variety of European uses of the principle of solidarity. Solidarity as a social issue regained currency in European society in recent times as a result of longer-term structural and cultural processes related to individualisation and globalisation. With the present economic crisis and connected reforms of welfare states, solidarity is now back on top of the European agenda. Is there a future for the core idea of the European Social Model? Information and registration (or alternatively download the PDF here). Practical information Dates, time and location The lecture series consists of 6 evening lectures that take place on Tuesdays from 6 PM – 7:30 PM. The lectures are organised in Kleine Aula (MTC3 00.15), Sint-Michielsstraat 6, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. The lecture series are open to a large audience of students and other interested people. They are free to attend, but registration is...

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