Genomics in Society
“ Talk with people, instead of about people.”
During the first year students develop an interdisciplinary language; combining deep knowledge of genomics with knowledge of ethics, communication, governance, psychology and entrepreneurship. The Genomics & the City assignment, that lasts the entire first year, trains students in the various aspects of co-creation, innovation and entrepreneurial learning. They will use design thinking to identify (genomic) issues from society and develop solutions that have the potential of direct social impact. As such, students will work in teams on building bridges between genomics and society.
In the second year, students are embedded in the existing research groups of which they will be a full-fledged member. Going through the research cycle, students will work towards a thesis that is publishable in an international, peer-reviewed journal. When the thesis is completed, the final course ‘Innovation’ aims to translate the research back to society, which is of essence for excellent research.