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Program of Research Workshop on Science, Technology, Society (STS)/History, Technology, Society (HTS): Bioeconomy, Biotechnology, Medical Technologies, 19-20 April, Athens, Greece

The two-day Research Workshop on Science, Technology, Society
(STS)/History, Technology, Society (HTS): Bioeconomy, Biotechnology,
Medical Technologies
focuses on recent approaches to biotechnology and
medical technologies from the fields of Science, Technology, Society (STS)
and History, Technology, Society (HTS). The workshop brings together
scholars working on umbilical cord blood (UCB) biobanking and the STS/HTS
research community. It places the emphasis on the bioeconomy of UCB
biobanking.

The workshop is organized in the context of the research project “The
public debate on umbilical cord blood banking in Greece: Approaches from
the interdisciplinary field Science, Technology, Society (STS)”. It is
funded by the Onassis Foundation and hosted by the Department of History
and Philosophy of Science, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian
University of Athens. The workshop is also supported by the European
Association for the Study of Science and Technology – EASST Fund 2018.

It is held 19-20 April 2018, at the Historical Archive of the National
and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece.

Webpage: http://www.phs.uoa.gr/hst/Projects/Project_Biobanks_Workshop.html

Organizers: Constantinos Morfakis and Katerina Vlantoni, Onassis
Postdoctoral Fellows, Department of History and Philosophy of Science,
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.


Program



Thursday, April 19th 2018

09:30 | Welcome notes

*Constantinos Dimitrakopoulos, Professor and Chair, Department of
History and Philosophy of Science, School of Science, National and
Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

10:00-11:30

Session 1 | Appropriating STS/HTS concepts and perspectives in
dissertation research about medical technologies

Chair
: Theodore Arabatzis, Professor of Philosophy and History of
Science, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, School of
Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Marilena Pateraki

PhD Candidate, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, School of
Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Parkinson’s Disease and Deep Brain Stimulation in Greece: Framing the
body-technology fusion within health care infrastructures

Kostas Raptis

PhD Candidate, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, School of
Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Between the general and the specific: methodological questions on the
reshaping of death by digital medical technologies

Aspasia Kandaraki

PhD Candidate, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, School of
Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Attending digital work: video recording as methodological tool in
fieldwork research in a medical imaging software development laboratory

11:30-12:00 Coffee break

12:00-13:00

Session 2
| Trends on biotechnology policy and bioeconomy

Chair: Sylva Haralambous, Research Director, Inflammation Research
Group, Department of Immunology, Head of Transgenic Technology Laboratory,
Director of the Department of Experimental Animal Models, Hellenic Pasteur
Institute

Yulie Foka-Kavalieraki

Postdoctoral Fellow, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Socioeconomic impact of biotechnology in Greece: Awareness and attitudes
towards biotechnology

Blessing Silaigwana

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany

Towards ethical biobanking in Africa: What policy and best practice
lessons can we learn from Europe?

15:15-17:00

Session 3 | Rethinking biovalues and the political economy of biobanking

Chair
: Aristotle Tympas, Associate Professor of History of Technology
in Modernity, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, School of
Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Polina Vlasenko

PhD Student, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University, USA

The Political Economy of Transnational Ova Provision: The Case of
Ukrainian Market of Ova and Its Global Connections

Amishi Panwar

PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology and Sociology, The Graduate
Institute, Geneva, Switzerland

Banking on Blood: The Life, Science and Market of Blood Stem Cells in
India

Constantinos Morfakis & Katerina Vlantoni

Onassis Postdoctoral Fellows, Department of History and Philosophy of
Science, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens,
Greece

The ‘El Dorado of private UCB banks’: UCB biobanking in Greece

17:00-17:30 Coffee break



17:30-19:00

Invited Speech | Cord Blood and the City: On the hybrid economies of
international exchange of cord blood for transplantation

Lorenzo Beltrame
, Researcher, Department of Sociology and Social
Research, University of Trento, Italy



Friday, April 20th, 2018

9:00- 11:00

Session 4 | STS and Biobanks: Opening the “Black Box” of UCB biobanks

Chair: Maria Rentetzi, Associate Professor of History and Sociology
of Science and Technology, Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and
Law, School of Applied Mathematics and Physics, National Technical
University of Athens, Greece

Jennie Haw

Postdoctoral Fellow, CIHR-Canadian Blood Services Health System Impact
Fellow, Ottawa, ON, Canada

Enrollment into Canada’s National Public Cord Blood Bank: Manufacturing
Biologics and Immunitary Bioeconomies

Lorenzo Beltrame

Researcher, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of
Trento, Italy

Between antigens and civic engagement: The biopolitics of umbilical cord
blood banking in Italy and the UK

Astha Jaiswal

PhD Student, Centre for Studies in Science, Technology and Innovation
Policy, Central University of Gujarat, India

Umbilical Cord Cells Banking in India: Construction of Dominant Discourse
in terms of “Choice”, “Control” and “Reassurance”

Pablo Santoro

Professor, Department of Sociology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

What has changed in UCB banking (and in STS approaches to it) in the last
10 years: some reflections from the Spanish context

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:30

Session 5 | Engaging with stakeholders: Institutional arrangements and
bioethical challenges in UCB biobanking

Chair: Stathis Arapostathis, Assistant Professor of History of
Science and Technology, Department of History and Philosophy of Science,
School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Takis Vidalis

Scientific officer, (Hellenic) National Bioethics Commission.

Vassiliki Gkioka

Hellenic Cord Blood Bank (HCBB), Biomedical Research Foundation, Academy of
Athens & former Organ Transplant Coordinator, Hellenic Transplant
Organization (EOM).

Angeliki Xagorari

Biologist, Public Cord Blood Unit, Hematology Department, General Hospital
of Thessaloniki “G. Papanikolaou”

Representative of the Greek UCB Banks Association (EETOA)



12:30-13:30 | *Concluding remarks
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