Agriculture & food
Life sciences can lead to better quality foodstuffs. What's more, life science research can contribute to a personalised diet, leading to a healthier lifestyle. But are these promises not too rash, considering the complex relationship between food and health? And what if the knowledge and opportunities are available, but consumers refuse to follow the lifestyle that is good for them, should they then be held personally responsible for the consequences?
Citizens on the Biobased Economy
How do citizens think about the biobased economy and to what extent are they willing to actively contribute to the transition towards it?
Multistakeholder platforms (MSP): Socially supported innovations in green life sciences
Development of an improved approach and empowerment of stakeholder to create a socially supported research agenda
Genomics and the production of commons
Might open access prove helpful in rendering technological and scientific progress both fairer and more sustainable?
Ethical debates on naturalness
How might we break the current stalemate in the debate on plant breeding?
Hurdles in innovation
How do external social factors influence the use of genomics in the food industry?
Public voices in plant genomics
How can experts in society pose their ideas about the future direction of plant genomics research?
Organizing and exploiting a priori knowledge for more effective and efficient reverse engineering models
Exploiting a priori knowledge in product development to better address consumer needs
IP and global justice
How can the intellectual property of genomics innovations be divided more fairly?
Designing good food: normative work in food-industry nutrigenomics
Science seems to play a secundary role in the design of 'good food', compared to issues and preferences of consumers.
Towards a participatory, commons-used innovation in the agrotech industry - the promise of open source genomics
It's not yet clear how an open source system will influence the position of consumers in relation to the food industry. The system doesn't yet seem to be a serious alternative for...
The 10/90 gap
A policy shift is necessary to bridge the gap between developed and developing countries on technological applications.