By stimulating (genomics) researchers to assess their work from a broader societal perspective and by providing them with new insights and skills, the NGI Centre for Society and Genomics (CSG) aims to improve the interaction between ‘genomics’ and ‘society’ and enhance the quality of the debate.

NGI’s strategy within the ‘Society’ theme is twofold. On the one hand, academic research involving social sciences, law, ethics, philosophy and economy is stimulated through the funding of targeted research projects within a clear domain: food, health or environment. On the other hand, a broad array of public communication and education activities is developed and organised.

Working with a variety of partners − science Centres, museums, popular science media, patient organisations, universities − NGI has created a vibrant network that initiates, develops and organises a broad array of public activities. The Centre for Society and Genomics plays a leading role in this network.

Website on genomics -

The website is intended not only for people who are interested in reading about genomics research, but in particular for pupils and teachers in the upper forms of advanced secondary education. Specially for them, the website includes assignment tips, practical experiments and webquests.

DNA labs on the Road

The DNA labs on the Road establish a bridge between education and the latest scientific insights. Under the leadership of Wageningen University, hey are developed by Dutch universities and economic centres. Research assistants from five universities, namely Delft, Leiden, Nijmegen, Utrecht and Wageningen, use these labs to expose pupils in the upper forms of advanced secondary education to various perspectives of DNA research.

Imagine...- School project

Can we apply genomics to address a tangible problem in developing countries? That is the starting point of the Imagine... project, a Kluyver Centre initiative. The project is organised around a competition. Researchers submit proposals for the application of a specific, affordable technology in a developing country. Secondary school pupils write a business plan for the proposal of their choice. Imagine... finances the execution of the winning project and the pupils involved win a trip to the country in question.


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