Meet our Center
GES Center Overview
The GES Center is a part of the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Cluster Program and is supported by the Provost, Vice Chancellor for Research, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS), College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and College of Natural Resources (CNR). Built on the interdisciplinary foundation laid by the NSF-IGERT grant in pest management, the GES Center is a unique example of engaged scholarship that serves as a regional, national and international hub of interdisciplinary, research, analysis, and inclusive dialogue surrounding opportunities and challenges associated with genetic engineering and society. It is unique in the nation and world in its blending of approaches from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The GES Center provides mechanisms for discussion and rigorous, trustworthy analyses about how products of genetic engineering and synthetic biology may impact society and the environment.
The GES Center will focus on the following three key pillars:
- Promote dialogue across colleges and other University units to improve interdisciplinary scholarship
- Convene activities for multiple disciplines and stakeholders (government, industry, academia, NGOs)
- Provide research on types and modes of engagement
2. Synthesis and communication
- Translate existing scientific information in a balanced manner (e.g. risk studies, public perception studies).
- Document dynamics of debates and controversies
- Provide natural and social science research needed to fill knowledge gaps
- Add value to existing social science, policy, humanities, natural science and engineering data to inform decision making and programs
- Provide broader systems analysis (socio-ecological-technological systems–SETS) to understand behavior of governance systems
- Provide research on systems, weight of evidence, and decision tools
As the GES Program expands, the Center will move to encompass the following areas of expertise:
Genetic Engineering and Society is a multi-disciplinary center that will bring many diverse backgrounds together to analyze the many facets of genetic engineering.