TAGC’s Knowledge dissemination events (a selection)


TAGC organises informative and interactive events as part of its mission to make genetic knowledge accessible. TAGC’s events include talks by leading scientists and lawyers, interactive learning and conferences. To receive updates, please register  your interest with us by emailing us at tagc(@gold.ac.uk)



Towards provision of Genomics Legal Services

Session to: DLA Piper Life Sciences Departments Globally


By: Genomics and law experts,

Professor Yulia Kovas and Dr Fatos Selita


Knowledge Transfer between Goldsmiths, University of London and global law firm DLA Piper. Funder: UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Date: Friday 8 September

Talks and lectures internationally by Yulia Kovas and Fatos Selita (see examples here) on:



in the Genomic Era series




Free will and decision making

in the Genomic Era series

Key themes in:

Oedipus Rex in the Genomic Era: 

Human Behaviour, Law and Society 


Genetics and early intervention: Exploring ethical and policy questions

The Early Intervention Foundation (EIF) 

The Co-founder of TAGC, Fatos Selita, participated in Behavioural Genetics and Early Intervention Policy workshop, by the Early Intervention Foundation.

Key figures in a number of disciplines contributed and exchanged ideas. Contributors included Geneticists, Policymakers / Civil Servants, Lawyers, Educationalists, Ethicists and Economists – Tom McBride, Kathryn Asbury, Kaili Rimfeld, Jo Casebourne, Robert Plomin, Yulia Kovas, Tim Leunig, Daniel Benjamin, Kevan Collins, Lindsey Macmillan, Nick Pearce, Nic Timpson, Omar Khan.

The workshop addressed the question (and related matters): whether, when and how we should apply findings in behavioural genetics to improving early intervention in school education.

The Workshop was organised and put together by Kathryn Asbury, Tom McBride and their team. Read more…

Professor Yulia Kovas answered participants’ questions, clustered in the following groups:

  • Law and ethics
  • Genes and ageing
  • Genetics prediction
  • Access to genetics
  • Philosophy
  • Individual differences
  • Genetic modification
  • Society and education


Genes & Tonic 4: An exhibition of DNA inspired design work from students at Goldsmiths, University of London. Being run as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Sciences. For more, please click here.

The theme of the event was Know Thy Father. The event presented fun learning activities; and short expert talks on different aspects of genetic science, law and ethics. Participants acted as medical ethicists, by interactively considering a real-life court case involving the NHS and genetic information.

Some very interesting views were discussed during this event and it was clear that people had very different opinions, despite being provided with the same information. The outcomes of this event were written into a paper which is currently being considered for publication.

We would like to thank all the attendees and collaborators for making this a very special event.

Science, Law, Ethics, Society

Genes & Tonic series – Nov 2016


Our Genes and Tonic events are open to all to learn about genetics in a fun and interactive way.  They are designed to promote knowledge about genetic science and implications (legal and ethical) of genetic knowledge for society.   Read more here

Science, Law, Ethics, Society

Genes & Tonic series – March 2016


The Accessible Genetics Consortium runs a series of Genes and Tonic public engagement events in collaboration with InLab. The aim of the events is to inform the public about the recent developments in the field of genetics and individual differences.

The first “Genes and Tonic” took place at the New York University London in Bedford Square and was a success. The program included short talks on genetic research, online DNA extraction, refreshments and a genetic bingo.

Building Bridges: Mobilising international interdisciplinary science to benefit societies


TAGC was inaugurated at Building Bridges conference, dedicated to building bridges across different disciplines, international teams, and ultimately – from science to society. The conference was hosted by Goldsmiths, University of London, and included talks from leading international scientists of numerous disciplines, lawyers and other educationalists. Read more… . For a press release, click here.