Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology

Online nanocourse for Harvard STEM graduate students

The Governance & Ethics of Biotechnology is a 3-module nanocourse series that each center on an emerging biotechnology. STEM graduate students will be exposed to the complexity of ethical decision-making and to the many stakeholders that shape biotechnology design and regulation. Every module combines short pre-recorded lectures, ethical simulations, applied communication activities, and group discussions.

The course is offered entirely online over the span of a week during the Fall Term 2020. Each module combines 1.5-hour live group sessions with some asynchronous individual learning requirements.

Graduate students can obtain credit by completing the courses (either the entire series or in combination with other nanocourses).
Postdocs may register, but will only be granted access to the course as space allows.

Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology 1: Gene Drives

  • Monday, October 5, 2020
  • Wednesday, October 7, 2020
  • Friday, October 9, 2020
    11:30 am ─ 1 pm ET

Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology 2: Lifespan Extension

  • Monday, November 2, 2020
  • Wednesday, November 4, 2020
  • Friday, November 6, 2020
    11:30 am ─ 1 pm ET

Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology 3: Neural Interventions

  • Monday, November 30, 2020
  • Wednesday, December 2, 2020
  • Friday, December 4, 2020
    11:30 am ─ 1 pm ET

How to preregister

Please submit your application using the online form for each course before the deadline (see below). Registration for all 3 modules is encouraged, but not required.

By completing this registration form you are indicating your interest in attending this course. This is not a guarantee of admission to the course. The determination of final class rosters may consider the order of registration, student G-year or status, and other programmatic requirements, restrictions, or preferences. You will be contacted via email prior to the first meeting of the course to confirm your enrollment.

You should provide your personal information in the form and a short statement discussing what motivates you to enroll. Please specify if you want to register for credit when prompted.

Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology 1: Gene Drives

  • Monday, October 5
  • Wednesday, October 7
  • Friday, October 9
    11:30 am ─ 1 pm ET

REGISTER FOR THIS NANOCOURSE

Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology 2: Lifespan Extension

  • Monday, November 2
  • Wednesday, November 4
  • Friday, November 6
    11:30 am ─ 1 pm ET

REGISTER FOR THIS NANOCOURSE

Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology 3: Neural Interventions

  • Monday, November 30
  • Wednesday, December 2
  • Friday, December 4
    11:30 am ─ 1 pm ET

REGISTER FOR THIS NANOCOURSE

 

 

Eligibility

The Fellowship is offered to STEM students. This includes ─but is not limited to─ candidates with the following background:

  • Natural sciences, including Life sciences and Physical sciences.
  • Medicine and Public Health.
  • Engineering, including Biological engineering.
  • Mathematics and Applied mathematicsPostdocs may register, but will only be granted access to the course as space allows. Priority will be given to graduate students taking the course for credit. Please note each course is limited to 12 students.

Registration deadlines

All preregistrations must be submitted before the following dates:

  • Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology 1: Gene Drives: Thursday, October 1, 2020
  • Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology 2: Lifespan Extension: Thursday, October 29, 2020
  • Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology 3: Neural Interventions: Thursday, November 26, 2020

Questions and concerns

Please address any questions or concerns to sci@hms.harvard.edu

» At a glance 

What

SCI Governance & Ethics of Biotechnology Nanocourse Series

When

8.5 hours; week of October 5, 2020 (Gene Drives)

8.5 hours; week of November 2, 2020 (Lifespan Extension)

8.5 hours; week of November 30, 2020 (Neural Interventions)

Where

Online

Who

Harvard STEM graduate students interested in developing skills in leadership, ethics, and science communication. Also open to postdocs.

Limited to 12 participants per course

Interested in the nanocourse?

The series takes place in

Fall Term 2020.