Horizon scanning workshop - Birmingham

13.00, Tuesday 06 March 2018

ThinkTank, Birmingham

Millennium Point, Curzon Street

The Academy of Medical Sciences is undertaking a horizon scanning project to identify key areas of scientific research and innovation for the future.

This is one of six half-day workshops at locations around the UK, bringing together Academy Fellows, grant awardees and forward-thinking experts from a range of backgrounds. Together, we will ask them to  think forward to the year 2048 to explore what might become the most transformative areas of scientific research and innovation, and how they might affect society. The outputs from the Academy's horizon scanning project will inform our work both in the UK and internationally, including policy, future scientific meetings, and collaborations with medical researchers, funders and other stakeholders.

Theme: Genetics for personalised medicine and social consequences

"Advances in gene sequencing and increased screening initiatives are making personalised treatments for diseases such as cancer a reality. Research has also produced a range of new techniques to alter genes and their expression for health purposes. Personalised treatments can improve survival and quality of live, but these advances are not without controversy. Campaigners are concerned about privacy, health insurance and job prospects."

Themes for the workshops have been identified using the Academy’s horizon scanning survey of over 600 Fellows and grant awardees. However, participants are not expected to be experts in these areas - instead we welcome the diversity of opinion people bring by approaching discussions from a range of backgrounds and expect that through the interdisclinary discussions at the workshops, new priorities and ideas will emerge. 

Other information

Other workshops will take place in Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Cambridge and Brighton (wild workshop). Click on the locations for details on each workshop. Click on the locations for more details. A limited number of bursaries to cover costs for all workshops are available.

For more information about this project’s activities - including details on the initial survey, themes and other workshops -  please visit the horizon scanning project page.

Staff leads