Communicating genetic findings in an accessible way

Addressing ethical and legal issues to enable positive use for the benefit of all people

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TAGC’s goal is to communicate genetic knowledge in an accessible way and to address its ethical and legal issues – to enable everyone to benefit from genetic discoveries. To achieve this, TAGC brings together efforts from scientists, media, lawyers and policy makers. It also provides key information in an accessible way, and training and consultations at different levels. Read more


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The Accessible Genetics Consortium, in Collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London are taking part in the ESRC’s Festival of Social Science with their event GEKNOWME. During the Festival, TAGC will be exhibiting innovative art work designed to help communicate some fundamental genetics concepts.

We are currently looking for artists and designers to contribute to this exciting event. Selected contributors will:

  • Have their work exhibited as part of the prestigious and national ESRC Festival of Social Science

  • Be considered for a place on the highly competitive Erasmus Scheme: offering full funding for 2 months of foreign study (Available to Goldsmiths students only).

  • Have their work entered for a prize draw, with a grand prize of £200

  • Have a budget of up to £50 for artistic materials upon having their design proposal accepted

If you would like to take part in the event and have your work considered for exhibition, please click HERE

The GEKNOWME exhibition will be running on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November 2018. If you would like to be added to the guest list for this free event please email


 ESRC is part of UK research and Innovation, a new body which works in partnership with universities, research organisations, businesses, charities, and government to create the best possible environment for research and innovation to flourish. We aim to maximise the contribution of each of our component parts, working individually and collectively. We work with our many partners to benefit everyone through knowledge, talent and ideas.

Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.

Do we know enough about genetics?

A recent article by TAGC member Robert Chapman suggests that most people are not in a strong position to engage with genetics in an informed and productive way. Something which will become increasingly important as genetics information impacts more and more aspects of our lives. Read the full article

The Accessible Genetics Consortium has recently published some of its first findings from iGLAS, the International Genetic Literacy and Attitudes Survey. Thank you to all those who participated in the study. The paper has been published by the Journal of Community Genetics is available on line here.

If you have not already done so, and would like to take the iGLAS test, please follow the link below:

To better understand what people know think and feel about genetics, TAGC, in collaboration with Goldsmiths, University of London, UK and Tomsk State University, Russia has developed the International Genetic Literacy and Attitudes Survey (iGLAS).

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Educational environments interact with children’s unique genetic profiles, leading to wide individual differences in learning ability, motivation, and achievement in different academic subjects – even when children study with the same teacher, attend the same school and follow the same curriculum. This book considers how education can benefit from the recent progress in genetically informative research. The book provides new insights into the origins of individual differences in education traits such as cognitive abilities and disabilities; motivation and personality; behavioural and emotional problems; social functioning; well-being, and academic achievement. Written and edited by international interdisciplinary experts, this book will be of interest to teachers, parents, educational and developmental psychologists, policy makers and researchers in different fields working on educationally-relevant issues.


A new volume in Russian – Genomics of Behaviour: Child Development and Education.

Free download here.