Horizon scanning workshop - Edinburgh

12.30, Friday 09 February 2018

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

Arboretum Place ,

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: Patient-centric healthcare and profiling/screening for prevention

"Scottish people benefit from fully mapped genomes. Pharmaceutical companies develop a slew of new drugs and therapies, but new national screening initiatives aren't without controversy. Campaigners are concerned about privacy, health insurance and job prospects. Scottish people are more actively participating in their health, for instance through flu prevention. Simulations and targeted antivirals have saved tens of millions according to the UK Government."

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  Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Cambridge and Brighton (wild 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