This event will develop debate and dialogue around current and future developments in the life sciences, between academics working in a broad range of social science disciplines and associated stakeholders, including natural and biomedical scientists and policymakers.
The event will consider how and where measurements of different kinds are at stake, for example:
the difficulties in producing common scientific, political, economic and social measures;
how the abstraction of measuring transforms the object to be measured;
how measurement can add to meaning and knowledge and/or detract from it;
the hidden costs of precision;
consequences of particular forms of measurement for various groups and individuals;
statistical power in relation to genome-wide association studies, epidemiology, and their application in biobanking projects and personal genomics;
measurement of the impact of research.
The event will also examine the contexts in which meanings are mediated, discussed and produced, such as in policymaking, governance of science and technology, through clinical applications, and within different academic disciplines, public engagement efforts, civil society, activist communities, social movements and the media.
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