I attended the conference of the Society for Risk Analysis (Benelux) held in Luxembourg in March 2019. While there, I was interviewed for their podcast series. They have a number of excellent podcasts on a variety of topics, including food, extreme weather and communicating about risk on social media. I appear in an episode called Emerging health technologies: do the risks outweigh the rewards? Catherine Wong, University of Luxembourg, moderated the discussion. Marie-Valentine Florin of the EPFL joined us, sharing her insights from her research on human genome editing and the Crisper babies. I drew on my work with Anna Harris and Susan Kelly about direct-to-consumer genetic testing.
Dr Wong challenged us to consider profound questions around what makes us human, the changing role of science in society, and the changing division of labour between the technical sciences and the social sciences. In the course of the discussion, we also touched on core concepts of risk acceptability, uncertainty, governance and resilience.