Are advances in Science and Technology accelerating the human quest for perfection?

Advances in science and technology allow us to modify, hack and transform our lives into our own personal perfection but are we becoming tantalisingly, or indeed, terrifyingly, closer to reaching our insatiable desire for perfection?

Join a host of expert panelists from varying disciplines as they engage in a lively conversation about the exciting opportunities and ethical challenges arising from advances in science, art, design and technology.

Held in partnership with the Australian Embassy in Ireland, Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin explores what it means to pursue perfection in a non-perfect world, inspired by the new exhibition PERFECTION, opening on Thursday 20 June. The Director of Science Gallery Ann Mulrooney and the Australian Ambassador to Ireland, HE Richard Andrews will open the event. 

Gordon Wallace is the Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) at the University of Wollongong, Australia. Professor Wallace is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of electromaterials science for his innovative use of nanotechnology in conjunction with organic conductors to create new materials for energy conversion and storage, as well as medical bionics. involved in the design and discovery of new materials for use in Energy and Health. In the Health area this involves using new materials to develop biocommunications from the molecular to skeletal domains in order to improve human performance. In the Energy area this involves use of new materials to transform and to store energy, including novel wearable and implantable energy systems for the use in Medical technologies.
Louise Allen is the Head of Innovation and Development Programmes at the Design and Crafts Council of Ireland. Louise studied at the National College of Art and Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Foundation Marcel Hicter. Her experience ranges across design, enterprise, contemporary art and craft, education, curation and innovation fields. In her various roles she has led on the strategic development for the design and craft sector, forged relationships nationally and internationally and has delivered several EU funded programmes. In October 2016 Louise was elected President of the World Crafts Council Europe who represent 29 craft organisations from 20 EU countries.
Adam Peacock is a post-disciplinary artist, designer, and consultant specialising in defining the twenty-first-century technology integrated human that exists behind the consumer of today. Adam has undertaken research into genetic technology development such as CRISPR-cas 9 and epigenetics. His piece 'Genetics Gym' imagines a scenario in which these ethical boundaries become grey-areas in context of commercial pharmaceutical’s affecting ethics, providing an interesting source of conversation around the future of biotechnology and genetics.

PERFECTION originated at Science Gallery Melbourne which is part of The University of Melbourne.

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