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The centre dedicated to researching the nature, historical precedents, and philosophical, social, and scientific implications of the modern biosciences.
Internationally recognised for its strongly interdisciplinary research culture, Egenis pioneers new approaches to understanding all aspects of the life sciences — whether the effects on families of mental health diagnoses, the classification of microbes, or the impact of open data on researchers in low-resource environments.

Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences

Egenis, the Centre for the Study of Life Sciences


With many influential books and papers published on a broad variety of topics, the key publications cover a wide terrain:



With a wide variety of topics and methodologies, research is organized in four core themes:



A research-intensive centre looking at all aspects of the life sciences from a range of perspectives:

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About Egenis

Based at the University of Exeter in the UK, Egenis is committed to providing research of the highest international standard into the nature, historical precedents, and philosophical, social and scientific implications of developments in contemporary biosciences. Also covering the cognitive, biomedical and agricultural sciences, we are interested all of the life sciences' socio-political, ethical, as well as epistemic repercussions. We have pioneered new approaches to the understanding of genomics, stem cell science, symbiosis, model organisms, data-intensive research, systems and synthetic biology, heredity, and microbiology.

We have a strongly interdisciplinary culture, encompassing a range of perspectives from social science, biology, and philosophy. The Egenis membership is engaged in developing and running a wide range of highly innovative, interdisciplinary research projects in cooperation with a range of external partners. This research is characterised by its variety of output modes, impact vectors, and policy potential.

We routinely host workshops, event and visitors in these research areas, are home to the international journal HPLS, are active in the boards of international academic societies as well as organising two international summer schools. This lively research culture finds its roots in Egenis' foundation in 2003 as the ESRC Centre for Genomics In Society under the directorship of John Dupré. After 10 years of producing internationally excellent social science research on the social impact of developments in genomic science, the focus and scope evolved and our new title reflects this change.