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Exploring the promise and pitfalls of altering human cells - The BEINGS Summit

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Alliance Française / Goethe-Zentrum - Colony Square, Plaza Level

1197 Peachtree Street, NE · Atlanta, GA

How to find us

Take the escalator up to the Plaza Level. Continue to your left. You'll find us on the right hand side, overlooking the courtyard. There's a concierge desk at the north end of the courtyard if you need additional help.

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- This event is sponsored by the Atlanta European Science Café and is hosted by the Consulate General of France in Atlanta.
- It is free and open to the public and RSVPs are not required to attend.
- Seating will be on a first-come-first-served basis.
- Doors open at 5:30 pm.
- Refreshments will be served.
- Complimentary 4-hour parking in the Colony Square Parking deck is offered after 5 pm with your validated parking ticket.
Exploring the promise and pitfalls of altering human cells - The BEINGS Summit

Paul Root Wolpe, Director
Center for Ethics
Emory University

Jacques Galipeau, Director
Emory Personalized Immunotherapy Center
Emory University School of Medicine

As biotechnology increases in power, we are able to engineer new forms of life and to incorporate biomechanical technologies into living bodies, including our own. At the same time, biotechnological advances have the potential to release new pathogens into our environment or to redefine human and animal form and function.

Since implications of these technologies for the future of humanity are profound, it is important that we develop a consensus on how we should think about, direct, or limit our biotechnological efforts. To this end, the Emory University Center for Ethics, along with academic, civic, governmental, and corporate partners from 30 countries, has organized the BEINGS 2015 Summit ( (May 18-19), with the goals of creating a vision for the most desirable uses of new cellular biotechnologies and of reaching a consensus on guidelines for future research and applications.

Please join us for this preview of BEINGS 2015, hosted by the Consulate General of France in Atlanta at the auditorium of the Alliance Française/Goethe Zentrum in Midtown, to learn more about the upcoming summit and how you might participate.


The Atlanta European Science Café is sponsored by

• Consulate General of France in Atlanta

• Alliance Française d'Atlanta

• Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta

• German Consulate General Atlanta

• Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta

• Consulate General of Ireland Atlanta

• British Consulate General in Atlanta

• Consulate General of Belgium in Atlanta

and organized with the assistance of the Atlanta Science Tavern.