10.4.08

Tomorrow's technologies emerging today - nanotechnology and stem cell rejuvenation: seizing the opportunity despite the scaremongers

The next ExtroBritannia event is scheduled for Saturday the 10th of May 2008, 2pm-4pm. Venue: Room 538 (fifth floor), Birkbeck College, Torrington Square, London WC1E 7HX. The event is free and everyone’s welcome.

Come to hear and discuss the exciting possible near-term developments with some key 21st century technologies. This is not science fiction - it could be science fact, well within our lifetimes. Nanotech means manipulating substances at the level of individual molecules, creating materials and compounds with remarkable properties. Stem cell therapy has the potential to cure cruel degenerative diseases like Parkinsons and Motor Neurone Disease. Both technologies deserve to be progressed carefully and thoughtfully, but also quickly and seriously. In each case, misguided interventions such as the opposition to the Human Fertilisation & Embryology bill threaten to frustrate progress and prolong disease and impoverishment. The speakers describe how we can seize and guide the opportunity despite the scaremongers.

The meeting is sponsored by the UKTA, the United Kingdom Transhumanist Association. There is no charge to attend.

Speakers:

Julian Snape: "Latest developments with nanotechnology"

Darren Reynolds: "Reasons to support and improve the Human
Fertilisation & Embryology bill"

Venue:

Birkbeck College - Room 539, 5th floor, Main Building, Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square), London WC1E 7HX - MAP

The nearest tube station is Russell Square. Come out of the tube station and turn left, to walk west along Bernard St. Cross over Herbrand St then Woburn Place and keep walking westwards, on the north side of the square. Cross Bedford Way, and turn right into Thornhaugh St, then immediately left to enter Torrington Square through the pedestrian-only courtyard outside SOAS (the School of Oriental and African Studies). Veer right and you'll see the main entrance to Birkbeck College on the left as you walk up Torrington Square. Take the lift to the 5th floor and follow the signs to room 539.

Discussion is likely to continue after the event in a nearby pub, for those who are able to stay. There's also the option of joining some of the UKTA regulars for drinks/lunch beforehand, starting c. 12.30, in "The Friend At Hand" pub which is situated behind Russell Square tube station on Herbrand Street. If it's your first ExtroBritannia look out for a copy of Ending Aging on display on our table.