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Kevin Esvelt

MIT

Kevin Esvelt is the director of the Sculpting Evolution Group and Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab. Kevin is both an expert in genetic engineering as well as a trailblazer when it comes to scientific transparency and ethical research. The gene drives he works on have the capability of introducing long-lasting, fundamental changes into the ecosystems they are implemented in because they can change an entire species’ genetic code. At the same time, he is a vocal and active proponent of responsible and transparent science, going to great lengths to include the communities he works in into the decision-making process. Combining these two important endeavours, Kevin has be-come a breakthrough scientist as well as a science communicator who empowers the people his research will affect.

Up to 20 scientists and leading experts from all over the world and a wide range of disciplines are invited to share insights into their future-changing work at the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November, in front of 700 international guests. In an inspiring, information-packed 15 minutes each, speakers present the core of their breakthroughs – which walls are they helping to tear down and how will it transform our lives?

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