Green Biotech?

Can you be ‘green’ and in favour of genetic engineering? That’s the question under scrutiny at this year’s Café Scientifique, led by the Royal Society of Biology and the Biochemical Society. We had a chat with one of the panelists, Dr Louise Horsfall from the University of Edinburgh.

1. Who are you and what do you do?

Louise Horsfall

I am a synthetic biologist and lecturer in biotechnology at the University of Edinburgh


Photo: Copyright (c) Peter Tuffy Photography/Edinburgh Research and Innovation Ltd.


2. What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?

I’m taking part in the free Glasgow Café Scientifique event ‘Can we give biotech the green light?’ organised by the Biochemical Society and the Royal Society of Biology.

It’s being held in the Victorian Bar at the Tron Theatre, so I’m expecting quite a lively discussion about the pros and cons of modern biotechnology.

3. 2016 is Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. What innovation could you not live without?

Vaccinations, I’d likely be dead by now if I hadn’t received any.

4. It’s Glasgow Science Festival’s 10th birthday! We’ll be celebrating with some science-themed cake and balloons. What’s your birthday treat of choice?

Birthday cake for breakfast, it’s only once a year and I swear it makes it taste even better!

5. And finally: impress us with your favourite science fact or joke.

I’m not too good at remembering jokes, and certainly not science ones.

What do you call a teletubbie that’s been burgled?

….a tubbie

Technology based jokes count, right?

Listen to Louise and other panelists at ‘Café Scientifique: Can We Give New Biotech the Green Light?’ on Monday 13 June, 19:00-21:00 in the Tron Theatre. The event is FREE and no booking is required. For more details, visit our website.


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