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. In the past biotechnology application are depicted as scary and dangerous, becaude of the ignorance of the public. Synthetic biology raises also a lot of 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 stakholders in a organized way, we came up with an approach for our 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 education students, or only adults, but people of all ages with different backgrounds. To reach a broad spectrum of people we organized our education activities in The Science museums NEMO and Science Centre Delft.

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We wanted to adjust our educational program to the knowledge of both the general public and the experts. Through interviews and literature study, we tried to get a clear picture of the perceptions that live among society. In addition, we lead several discussions in collaboration with the Rathenau Institute using distinct propositions 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. We started to promote our project on the social media facebook and twitter. Soon after the national news, national newspaperand Internet competition followed to spread our information into the world.

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