Ensuring a Future Workforce of Informed New Biotech Researchers, Scientists, Public and Legislature
||Postdoktorprogram för kvalitetsutveckling inom högre utbildning. Malmö högskola
||2011-10-01 -- 2013-09-30
||Centrum för teknikstudier
There is a severe and continuing shortage of quality education covering cross-disciplines of law, science and public policy. Such grouping of knowledge is attainable but by a very few. Given that new and emerging biotechnologies such as human embryonic stem cell research, synthetic biology and similar are at the nascent still, the knowledge important to encourage and promote the rising forms of new and emerging biotechnology research is scattered across disciplines and in most instances it is not inter-connected. This so far has resulted in a lack of funding, lack of educational and competitive opportunities and reform on the issue. As a result many European nations are now lagging behind the developed world on progress in these areas of scientific exploration and the challenge(s) will only become greater in the future.
Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity of any nation. Yet, one of the greatest problems facing new and emerging bio-technologies ranging from human embryonic stem cell research to synthetic biology and likewise is the disconcerting lack of knowledge and understanding surrounding this form of bio-medical experimentations. This has created dire consequences resulting in diverse policies implemented within the European Union on whether the research can or cannot take place in a particular Member State and uncertainty as to what can and cannot be patented concerning the research results.
The Project presents a unique interdisciplinary synergy which intends to support educational development, policy studies, develop guidelines, and work to enhance human embryonic stem cell research in Europe. The Project seeks to identify and develop a set of e-learning development tools for use by researchers as well as to allow for an easy access to non-academic personnel (i.e. private sector scientists, legislature and public) in order to facilitate the development of new biotechnologies and retain the stem cell scientists in Europe. It is also hoped that the e-learning platform would stimulate further discussion about life sciences technology, law/patents and their impact on the societal welfare. In addition, the Project aims to aid in ensuring a continuing pipeline of qualified and knowledge savvy future researchers and other relevant parties.