Bioengineering horizon scan 2020

Luke Kemp, Laura Adam, Christian R Boehm, Rainer Breitling, Rocco Casagrande, Malcolm Dando, Appolinaire Djikeng, Nicholas G Evans, Richard Hammond, Kelly Hills, Lauren A Holt, Todd Kuiken, Alemka Markotić, Piers Millett, Jonathan Napier, Cassidy Nelson, Sean S Oheigeartaigh, Anne Osbourn, Megan J Palmer, Nicola J PatronEdward Perello, Wibool Piyawattanametha, Vanessa Restrepo-Schild, Clarissa Rios-Rojas, Catherine Rhodes, Anna Roessing, Deborah J. Scott, Christopher Simuntala, Philip Shapira, Robert D J Smith, Lalitha S Sundaram, Eriko Takano, Gwynn Uttmark, Bonnie C Wintle, Nadia B Zahra, William J. Sutherland

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Horizon scanning is intended to identify the opportunities and threats associated with technological, regulatory and social change. In 2017 some of the present authors conducted a horizon scan for bioengineering (Wintle et al., 2017). Here we report the results of a new horizon scan that is based on inputs from a larger and more international group of participants. The final list of 20 issues includes topics that range from 'crops for changing climates' to 'the governance of cognitive enhancement'. The early identification of such issues is relevant to researchers, policy-makers and the wider public.
Original languageEnglish
Article number9:e54489
Publication statusPublished - 29 May 2020


  • bioengineering
  • horizon scan
  • synthetic biology

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Biotechnology
  • Policy@Manchester
  • Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
  • Manchester Institute of Innovation Research


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