23-04-2017 - The End of Death: Avant-Garde and Science
Bozar (Studio), Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussel
Aubrey de Grey, British researcher on aging, challenges the most basic assumption on mankind - that aging is inevitable. He argues that aging is a disease - curable if it's approached as 'an engineering problem'. He wants to identify every component that cause human tissue to age, and remedy each of them - forestalling disease and eventually death. He calls the approach Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence (SENS).
In July 2005, the MIT Technology Review offered a $20,000 prize to any molecular biologist who could demonstrate that 'SENS is so wrong that it is unworthy of learned debate'. According to MIT's judges, SENS is in a middle ground of yet-to-be-tested ideas that perhaps 'don't compel the assent of many knowledgeable scientists', but are 'not demonstrably wrong'.
19:30h - Welcome by Jean Paul Van Bendegem (VUB)
19:35h - Aubrey de Grey (Cambridge & Berkeley University): 'Rejuvenation biotechnology: why age will no longer mean aging'
20:00h - Response by Francis McGlone (Liverpool John Moores University)
20:15h - Response by Jorge Leon (Filmmaker)
20:30h - Open discussion with all the participants