Art & Genomics

A science communication course

Background

Art & Genomics is a four-week course aimed at educating science students on applying art and design to stimulate dialogue on complex technologies. Participants have to ideate, create, build, test, evaluate and eventually exhibit a self-made piece that sparks debate on a genetic related subject of their preference. While the initial course takes the context of genomics, it can be seamlessly adapted to other areas of research. A few illustrations of the students’ work include a fashion line that showcases the wearer’s DNA (see image above from Amber Kleijwegt), a supermarket for organs and a genetically modified beauty-banana that alters your appearance.

Date

2021

Status

Completed

Client

Erasmus Medical Center

Partners

Erasmus Medical Center
Impact at the Core

Core team
Diewertje Houtman
Boy Vijlbrief
Mirte de Wit

Educational support
Almar Bok
Linda Litjens

“Art and Genomics has given me the tools I need to think about, and communicate the societal impact of scientific research. The most important lesson that I’ve learned from A&G is that scientists should consider the potential social impact of their research and findings more often.”

Dennis Vermazeren – Psychology student

“Art and Genomics has given me the tools I need to think about, and communicate the societal impact of scientific research. The most important lesson that I’ve learned from A&G is that scientists should consider the potential social impact of their research and findings more often.”

Dennis Vermazeren – Psychology student

Connecting science and society

The science of human genetics is developing very rapidly, even up until the point of enhancing human health. But to what extent can society influence this impact? After all, technological possibilities are not self-evidently ethical, necessary, or desired, and moreover, different people have different opinions about this.

We need to answer difficult questions about the needs, desires and values of the entirety of society that are related to these technologies. But how can we stimulate people from all walks of life to participate? For scientists in training, it is not obvious to acquire the necessary know-how and skills to connect science and society. With Art & Genomics, we are going to change this, with art and design as the secret weapon.

Below you’ll find the results of the student evaluation regarding to Art & Genomics.

Connecting science and society

The science of human genetics is developing very rapidly, even up until the point of enhancing human health. But to what extent can society influence this impact? After all, technological possibilities are not self-evidently ethical, necessary, or desired, and moreover, different people have different opinions about this.

We need to answer difficult questions about the needs, desires and values of the entirety of society that are related to these technologies. But how can we stimulate people from all walks of life to participate? For scientists in training, it is not obvious to acquire the necessary know-how and skills to connect science and society. With Art & Genomics, we are going to change this, with art and design as the secret weapon.

Below you’ll find the results of the student evaluation regarding to Art & Genomics.

Want to work together?

Dive deeper

Want to work together?

Other Projects

Overlooked perspectives on technology