On November 15 2011, the University of Ottawa was pleased to present the thirteenth annual Frontiers in Research Lectures. Developed in partnership with the University of Ottawa’s Institute for Science, Society and Policy, the theme of the 2011 conference was Our Post-Human Future.
During the past decade, human perfection and even immortality have been topics of renewed interest due to groundbreaking scientific advancements and have become much more tangible and potentially achievable goals. The quest for human improvement through biomedical means appears to be unstoppable in the developed world. But this drive toward the ‘post-human’ also brings about discussions, debates, conflicts and a great deal of research on where to take the human species.
Frontiers in Research: Our Post-Human Future explored these questions in the context of developments in the fields of genetics, neuroscience and prosthetics and their social, political, economic, ethical and religious implications.
A leader in innovation and research, the University of Ottawa brought together speakers to present their work and exchange ideas with students, professors and the Ottawa community. This interdisciplinary event involved both supporters and critics of radical human improvement and engaged participants in reflecting more critically on our post-human future.