Emerging technologies

OECD Global Forum on Biotechnology: Delivering Global Promise through the Life Sciences (Paris, 6-7 December 2010)


The OECD, in partnership with the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) Genomics Network (EGN), hosted this major conference which reviewed how knowledge in the life sciences is governed, shared, regulated and managed. It explored new linkages between the life sciences and information and communication technologies. The programme and presentations are available here.


This forum also underlined how the latest social science research into genomics science can help inform key global economic and policy decisions.


This is the first time the OECD has taken a systematic look at what the social sciences can bring to their policy-making and experience in this key area. Conference discussions fed directly into the agenda of the OECD’s working party on biotechnology and showcased eight years’ worth of original EGN research while taking a forward look to new key questions at the intersection of science and society.


Delegates were a mix of policy makers and regulators, industry leaders, academics, medical practitioners, social and natural scientists. Conference attendance was by invitation only, but conference content is available through the links below and the on the website of the ESRC Genomics Forum.