Scientific border control – the negotiation of consent | Michelle Gallaher | TEDxMelbourne
In this celebrated talk Michelle discusses how in the last 5 years negotiating scientific borders has seen a dramatic shift with the rapid rise of social media engagement delivering the ability for you and I to include our voice in the negotiation of consent. Anyone with Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin or any number of other social media platforms can now patrol the scientific borders, raising their voices to approve or disapprove of technology developments that may have consequences on our lives.
This talk was given at the local TEDxMelbourne event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Michelle was a chief negotiator on behalf of the Australian Stem Cell Centre to legalise therapeutic cloning and continue legislation supporting human embryonic stem cell research in 2006. Since then she has expanded her view on the public’s role to decide what research is appropriate (or not) to be pursued. Should we leave this just to politically driven politicians and funding driven scientists? What are the scientific borders and who should man them?
Michelle Gallaher is a soundly learned ambassador for Victorian biotech innovation industries. She boasts experience of more than two decades, advocating for field-revolutionising areas like stem cell research, clinical trials and funding for innovation and science education.
During a six year tenure as CEO of BioMelbourne Network, Michelle saw hundreds of science start-ups find their feet (and investors) as they challenged their industries and provided innovative solutions. Her reach did not stop there. She threw caution to the wind, changing course to become a social media technology entrepreneur, co-founding The Social Science in 2014.
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