Leonardo Art, Science, Evening Rendezvous (LASER) - postponed

This LASERZURICH event is postponed until further notice and a post virus time.


Artists and Scientists merging together in one evening.

The Leonardo Art, Science, Evening Rendezvous (LASER) in Zurich features talks by renowned artists, scientists and hybrids. It takes place on the first Tuesday of each month. LASER Zurich offer an international platform for the discussion of paradigmatic shifts within the scientific research, the implementation of new technologies and the ongoing development of artistic research. It also aims to create a network for artists and scientists to meet and discuss their research, while furthering the discourse of significant issues within these trans-disciplinary groups and practices.

LASER Zurich is part of Leonardo's (The International Society for Arts, Sciences, and Technology, Leonardo/ISAST) international program of evening gatherings that bring artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversations. Founded in 2008, LASER talks are now happening in over a dozen places internationally: Zurich, University of San Francisco, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, New York City, London, Tacoma, Toronto, Montreal and Kansas State University.


Do you want better Nature? Visions of future biology from art and science

Thursday, 19 March 2020, 18:00 - 20:00 followed by a Lebanese supper.

ETH Zurich, Mail Building, Semper Aula HG G 60

Rämistrasse 101, 8092 Zürich

We have new tools at hand to design nature in ways that were thought impossible only decades ago. But what does it mean to better nature? How can we re-think our relationship with nature in the Anthropocene when we realize how dependent we are on nature, and how limited our understanding of the complexity of life is? For some, the 21st century is the century of ecology, for others it is the century of the life sciences and biotechnology. This LASER Zurich evening will bring these two perspectives into conversation.

Beat Christen, a synthetic biologist at ETH Zurich, has developed computer-algorithms to build genomes anew. He will describe how computers will aid us in designing artificial organisms, and also discuss the challenges and purposes for which this technology should be used, and how potential for abuse can be prevented.

The renowned artist Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg engages with the interplay of design and nature and asks through her work what it means to better nature.

Moderated by Christoph Kueffer, Hochschule Rapperswil / ETH Zurich and Juanita Schläpfer, Zurich-Basel Plant Science Center, we invite you to join us for an inspirational evening.

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