The IDEA League summer school on the Ethics of New Biotechnologies, organized by Zoë Robaey, Britte Bouchaut and Lotte Asveld of the section Biotechnology and Society at the Department of Biotechnology, welcomed 16 students from all over the world to Delft. During the week, they attended lectures on ethics and moral issues of new biotechnologies from top scholars in the field. They also visited the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, which was part of their group project for the week. The students were invited to identify a dilemma with biotechnology at one of the Dutch Design Week exhibitions and to make visual compositions to represent this dilemma.
In order to make the most of being in Delft and the importance of the city in biotechnology innovation, the summer school kicked off at the Delft botanical gardens which are known for displaying varieties of plants useful to humans. The students also participated in a guided tour of Delft to explore the city. The lectures and the final presentations took place at the new Applied Science building where the Biotechnology Department is located.