Team:TU Delft/Human-practice


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Human Practice

Synthetic Biology is for the whole world

When new technologies are presented to society, the reaction of the public is hard to predict. This is because Synthetic biology raises questions about safety, security and ethics. We tried to tried to analyze the perception, assess the awareness and improve the eductation of the general public about synthetic biology. In order to reach all stakeholders in a organized way, we came up with an approach for human practice, the EPAC pyramid.

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Synthetic biology is hard to grasp for many people. Convinced of the fact that we can communicate synthetic biology in a way that it is understandable for everyone, we set up an education program. We did not only focus on educating students, or only adults, but people of all ages with different backgrounds. To reach a broad spectrum of people we organized education activities in The Science museums NEMO and Science Centre Delft.

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To be able to adjust our educational program to the knowledge of both the general public and the experts, we conducted interviews and literature studies. Doing so we tried to get a clear picture of the perceptions that live among society. In addition, several debating events were organized in collaboration with the Rathenau Institute using statements to trigger people to think about future prospects of synthetic biology applications.

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Before one can form a opinion about anything, one should first reach a certain level of awareness. To put synthetic biology in the spotlights, we sought ways to stand out in the media. For example, we started to promote our project on the social media facebook and twitter. Our words spread out into the country via national news broadcasts, national newspaper and high school competition.

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