In cooperation with the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) and the graduate school “Life Science – Life Writing” the is organizing an event on the question of longevity and mortality of the human kind. The desire to stop or at least delay the aging process is constantly fueled by new findings in the field of molecular biology. But in our age-old pursuit of longevity, changing biological concepts and insights revolving around mortality and death, also demand ethical attention. Is it even desirable to extent the individual life span to 120 years and beyond? Do we simply prolong the process of dying without any qualitative improvement of our lives? Can a society cope with 7-8 generations living and shaping the public sphere simultaneously? Along the line of these questions, we are facing a complex array of important issues, which are concerned with fundamental matters such as sickness, meaning of life, human existence.
Renowned experts including Prof. Peter H. Krammer (DKFZ, Heidelberg), Prof. Christine Overall (Queens University, Kingston/CA) und Prof. Christofer T. Scott (Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics) will comment on these issues in a panel discussion on the 20th of July 2016, 5:00pm, which is also open to a public audience.
On the following day, a workshop for doctoral and post-doctoral students will be held in the IMB.
More information can be gathered from the flyer.