Biohacking and Ireland: A Forum on Future Prospects, Ethics and Law

It’s not too late for you to take part in the biohacking workshops that I’ve been facilitating in the Science Gallery this past week. It’s true, the wet-work is officially out of the way, and tomorrow’s session assumes some grounding that has been provided in prior days.

However, the last day will focus not on the methods, nor even the knowledge of biotech. Instead, we’ll focus on the role of biohacking in society, with a particular focus on the transformative power of DIY biotech, the social responsibility and ethics that this calls for, and the particulars of Irish law regarding biohacking.

I would also like to see a discussion on the social aspect of DIYbio in Ireland; to gauge interest and capacity for social DIYbio meetups, events and group projects, and perhaps even someday to found a “bio-hackerspace”, where the still-noteworthy costs of establishing an indie lab are shared, and expertise and enthusiasm are pooled.

If you are interested in joining us this Saturday from 1PM to 4PM, give Maria at Science Gallery a call on 01 896 4107 and ask about the one-day rate for Saturday. I’ll be sincerely glad you came!

Finally, let me take this moment to offer my thanks to the staff at Science Gallery; they are wonderfully helpful, enthusiastic and engaging people, and I’m really enjoying working with them.