Science in Society Archive

A biophysicist at the forefront of a sweeping movement to define a different kind of science and to reclaim science for society will give a rare insight into her work and the science that inspires her

Dr. Mae-Wan Ho is Director and co-founder of the Institute of Science in Society, London, UK; Editor of Science in Society; scientific advisor to the Third World Network, and initiator and founding member of Independent Science Panel. She is best known for pioneering work on the physics o organisms and as a major critic of genetic engineering. A much-published author across many disciplines, her books include Genetic Engineering Dream or Nightmare (1998, 1999), The Rainbow and the Worm, the Physics of Organisms (1993, 1998, reprinted 1999, 2001, 2003); Living with the Fluid Genome (2003); The Case for a GM-Free Sustainable World (2003, 2004); Unravelling AIDS (2005). For more details visit

Workshop Schedule (costs $150 Provisions Members/£200 Non-members)

Friday April 22
6:00pm - 7:00pm     On-site registration for workshop.
7:00pm - 9:00pm     Special film screening of Jean Cocteau’s Orphee (1950).

(This film retells the Greek myth set in post-war Paris. When a famous poet falls in love with the strange Princess Death, he is compelled to follow her anywhere in search of inspiration - even into the underworld. French dialogue with English subtitles.  Followed by a discussion of the film in relation to science led by Dr. Ho.)
Fee: $10 non-registered attendees. Free for workshop participants.

Saturday April 23
9:00am - 9:30pm     Registration. Light breakfast.
9:30am - 12:30pm   Morning session
12:30pm - 2:00pm    Lunch Break.

(Participants are welcome to bring lunch or purchase something from one of the many Dupont Circle eateries.)
2:00pm - 5:00pm     Afternoon session.
5:00pm - 6:00pm     Public Reception


Provisions Library, 1611 Connecticut Avenue, NW, 2nd Floor, Washington DC 2009. Call 202-299-0460 or visit for more information

Article first published 18/04/05

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