Reconfiguring Lifelines: Exploring Science & Technology Policy Landscapes in an Era of Bioengineering and the “Bioeconomy”

PIT-UN Speaker Series with Cheryl Holzmeyer, Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley

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This talk will discuss emerging landscapes of bioengineering (agricultural biotech, genetic engineering, precision medicine, synthetic biology, biofuels, etc.), and of science and technology policies (or lack thereof), with an eye to social determinants of health and health equity. It will explore both the public health stakes of various fields of bioengineering and the bioeconomy, as well as the stakeholders most represented in policy-making processes, in California and beyond. Finally, it will inquire into possibilities for transforming these landscapes – to foster more inclusive, sustainable and health equity-oriented forms of innovation and economic prosperity for all.

Chris Benner, Professor of Sociology and Environmental Studies & Director, Institute for Social Transformation and
Michael Matkin, Assistant Director, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, UC Santa Cruz.


UC Santa Cruz has joined the Public Interest Technology University Network (PIT-UN), a partnership of 36 colleges and universities dedicated to building the nascent field of public interest technology and growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists. Co-convened by the Institute for Social Transformation and CITRIS and the Banatao Institute, this initiative bridges every corner of the campus.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm