• 22nd November 2023

A BSGM 'Lunch and Learn' online session, bringing together members from across the Society to learn and discuss topics of interest to all.

We will be showing a 20 minute film from Wellcome Connecting Science, partnered with Involve and Genetic Alliance UK, about the UK Citizens' Jury on Human Embryo Editing. Alessia Costa, Senior Social Scientist at Wellcome will join us for questions and discussion after the film.

For a week in September 2022, 21 people with personal experience of genetic disease travelled from across the UK to the Wellcome Genome Campus near Cambridge to sit as members of the UK Citizens Jury on Genome Editing. The citizens jury deliberated over 4 days on the following question:

  • Are there any circumstances under which a UK Government should consider changing the law to allow intentional genome editing of human embryos for serious genetic conditions?

Hear what points were raised and what the outcome of the citizens' jury was. We will also be holding the BSGM annual AGM. We encourage members to attend to hear what the BSGM has been up to over the last year to meet our mission of supporting the promotion, encouragement and advancement of genetic and genomic science in clinical and research practice for the public benefit.

All sessions will be recorded and available via the BSGM website for those unable to attend live.

If you are unable to attend and have any questions you would like to submit in advance please send them to Demetra Georgiou

We aim for this initiative to be genuinely useful to members and serve as a point of collegial conversation across professions and geographies; topics will be selected that are of broad interest and feedback is welcome as we develop the initiative.


Past events

For recordings of our previous talks in this series please see the BSGM website: Lunch and learn

Further dates

This will be our last session of 2023, and we are looking forward to seeing many of you in 2024!
  • We will have a break in December for Christmas

Cost and booking

This event is free to attend and open to all BSGM members (ACGS/AGNC/CGS/CGG/FGG) as well as non-members. Advanced registration to watch live is essential through the event page and the Zoom meeting link will be circulated ahead of the event.

Instructions to register

Please log into mySociety (if you are not a member of the BSGM or its constituent groups, please create a free mySociety account with your name and email address). Then, click "events and conferences" where you will be able to book your place for this free event.


This event is being organised by the Royal Society of Biology for the BSGM. For any booking or website queries, please contact Beth Glynn-Ramsden at events@rsb.org.uk or on 020 3930 9927.

For any event queries, please contact Demetra Georgiou