1. Natural History


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    The beginning to our story starts thousands of years ago.

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    • Liminal Trailer


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      "Liminal" is a short documentary that takes a look at how folklore influences people's interactions with the landscape, and in particular how folklore can and does influence conservation efforts today. In the film, viewers will meet Dr. Kelli Malone (an archaeologist), Brendan Price (founder of the Irish Seal Sanctuary), Declan (a volunteer at Seal Rescue Ireland), and Dr. Bairbre Ni Fhloinn (Irish folklorist) and learn their views on folklore, conservation, seals, and Irish culture. Be sure to back the film and share here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/265593419/liminal?ref=nav_search

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      • Highlights: Travel, Science, and the Question of Observation: 1580-1800, Panel 5


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        In the early modern period, the emergence of travel as a means of information gathering on natural history, demography, government, and religion was accompanied by the use of questionnaires to orient observation. This conference investigates the development of techniques of information gathering of this kind and the networks on which they relied. Papers address the integral role of travel in the process of scientific exchange as well as to the ways that information itself traveled in British, French, Spanish, and Swedish contexts. The conference is supported by generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (http://www.mellon.org) and by the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University, with the assistance of the Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Studies, National University of Ireland, Galway. The “Texts, Contexts, Culture” project is funded under the Higher Education Authority, under PRTLI4.

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        • Dr. Tim Cockerill Presenting Showreel 2015


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          Dr. Tim Cockerill is a zoologist, circus performer and broadcaster. He presents science and natural history programmes on TV and radio and sometimes writes about himself in the third person. Pop on over to http://www.timcockerill.com for more information.

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          • 40 Homo Reciprocans: Panel Discussion


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            Nadine Bongaerts - Hello Tomorrow/Kairos Foundation, Netherlands Philipp Pfingstag - TU Munich, Germany Thomas Margoni - University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Laurens Landeweerd - TUDelft/Bioart Laboratories, Netherlands Rüdiger Trojok - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - ITAS, Germany

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            • Tim Laman Story


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              Tim Laman talks about his career as a natural history photographer and scientist as well as his recent project to photograph the Birds of Paradise!

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              • Chris Helzer VIDEO-Small


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                Chris Helzer tells us how he uses photography to save the prairies of the Great Plains.

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                • 38 Laurens Landeweerd: Who Owns Nature?


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                  Issues Of Social Exclusion in the Instrumentalisation of Life Our biotope by nature is a technotope: as the beaver builds dams to create artificial lakes, we can also be considered ‘niche constructors’; rather than relocating to environments that fits our needs, we construct our own or adjust ourselves. Still, in our intellectual traditions as well as in social values and worldviews, a sharp distinction is drawn between the grown and the made, natural states and artificial, technological, interventions therein. In the current academic, social and industrial arena, synthetic biology is changing this. It is a ‘game changer’, not only in this conceptual sense , but also in its economic relevance: only products that are made can be patented, and nature cannot. Patenting guarantees profit from intellectual effort, but also steers innovation towards unjust international distribution. The blurring of the distinction between the grown and the made, may therefore contribute to a new fundament for a culture of sharing. Laurens LANDEWEERD TUDelft/Bioart Laboratories, Netherlands Laurens Landeweerd is a philosopher working at Delft University and Radboud University Nijmegen. Landeweerd was involved in several projects on ethics and governance of industrial biotechnology. He was acting coordinator for SynthEthics, a project for the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme and researcher for some seven further European projects on ethics and governance of science and technology, focusing on human enhancement, bioethics, industrial biotechnology and the biobased society. His main research interest can be circumscribed as ‘applied metaphysics’: an investigation of social issues of science and technology on the basis of concept analysis and (nor- mative) philosophical theory.

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                  • 39 Rüdiger Trojok: The Bio-Commons Whitepaper


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                    Common goods are not owned by individuals and allow for the use by everyone. With the increasing insights of the life sciences into the fundamental setup of nature, the idea of natural goods can be applied on organisms, cells, genes, pathways and any conceivable resources found in any organisms. The concept can be further enlarged with the advent of genetic engineering and its successor: synthetic biology. Now, discoveries, inventions and man-made creations such as genetic codes, algorithms, novel metabolic pathways and molecular processes designed for and realized in biological media and even entire organisms can be considered as natural goods. Alternative IP regimes such as open-access and open-source could in future help to leverage the costs for research and development in the life sciences, to mobilize unused knowledge, spark new inventions and be more adaptable to actual innovation speed. Rüdiger TROJOK Karlsruhe Institute of Technology - ITAS, Germany Rüdiger Trojok studied systems and synthetic biology at the University of Potsdam and the University of Freiburg in Germany and Denmark Technical University in Copenhagen and worked as a freelance consultant for the technology assessment office at the German Bundestag and is now a scholar at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe University (ITAS, KIT). There, he explores new ways to make the fruits of science available to a larger audience and to enable a molecular understanding of the relations of nature and civilization. Currently he is building up a citizen science biolab in Berlin and is actively promoting open source biotechnology in science, public, politics and the arts.

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                    • 37 Thomas Margoni: (IP+Licenses)*Science = Open Science?


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                      This talk offers a general introduction to IP and to its main features. The objective is to clarify which rights are triggered by the different activities involved in the development of new tools, procedures and products in highly advanced scientific and technological research. Much of the current debate in the filed, in fact, still suffers from a reciprocal misunderstanding between scientist and lawyers on the implications of concepts such as patents, copyright and licenses. By setting a common ground of shared terminology the talk intends to enable the discussion on the type of legal strategies scientists interested in sharing the output of their research should consider. Thomas MARGONI Faculty of Law - University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Dr. Thomas Margoni is a senior researcher at the Institute for Information Law (IViR), Faculty of Law, University of Amsterdam. He has been researching, teaching and advising in the field of information law, intellectual property, telecommunication and media law over the past 10 years. He has published extensively in the field, and received wide recognition for his work.

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