Center for Synthetic Biology
University of Copenhagen

Founding Member

The center for Synthetic Biology is a cross-disciplinary research center committed to integrating reflections on intellectual property, science communication, and ethics into its research in order to do responsible research and innovation. In particular, its BioSYNergy project, of which Maja Horst is co-PI takes the lead in this direction by developing best practices in this field. The Communication and Ethics group works with science communication and public engagement with science (such as experimental formats for dialogic communication), but also more broadly with Responsible Innovation in the context of synthetic biology as well as the particular relationship between science communication, scientific cultures, and responsible innovation. 

VIRI Associate Director Maja Horst is head of the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, co-PI of the bioSYNergy project, and member of the steering group at the Center for Synthetic Biology at the University of Copenhagen.


Selected Publications

Glerup, Cecilie and Maja Hosrt. 2014. "Mapping 'Social Responsibility' in Science." Journal of Responsible Innovation 1 (1): 31-50.

Davies, Sarah R. and Maja Horst. 2015. "Responsible Innovation in the US, UK, and Denmark: Governance Landscapes." In Responsible Innovation 2: Concepts, Approaches, and Applications, eds. Bert-Jaap Koops, et. al.​ Dorecht: Springer, 37-56.

Horst, Maja. 2013. "A Field of Expertise, the Organization, or Science Itself? Representing Research in Public Communication." Science Communication 35 (6): 758-779.

Horst, Maja and Irwin, Alan. 2010. "Nations at Ease with Radical Knowledge: On Consensus, Consensusing, and False Consensusness. Social Studies of Science 40 (1): 105-126.

Horst, Maja. 2011. "Taking Our Own Medicine - On an Experiment in Science Communication." Science and Engineering Ethics 17 (4): 801-815.


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VIRI is supported by the National Science Foundation under collective agreement #1257246.

VIRI is housed at the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at Arizona State University.