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The Challenges Of 2030: Computer Science – Bioinformatics & Our Genomic Information With Dr Amanda Clare From Aberystwyth University

16th November 2020 @ 12:00 - 12:45



As part of Aberystwyth’s exciting The Challenges of 2030 series, Dr Amanda Clare from the Department of Computer Science at Aberystwyth University will explore how new technology is digitising biology, discussing its potential and its ethical implications.

We can now automate laboratory experiments, decode and interpret genomes, store large amounts of data and model a wide range of intricate systems from epidemics to the connections of the brain. The subject areas of biology, computer science and mathematics are being brought together to enable our future.

We’ll ask questions along the way to find out how comfortable we are with the rapid changes we’ve seen in what is possible, and what we could expect to see by 2030. Personalised medicine? Genetic information read from your mobile phone? Then we’ll ask: what will we do with all this biological data that we’re gathering, and how will we share it? We are also very aware that data is not the same as knowledge: how are we going to make sense of it all?

The key topics introduced and discussed are:

  • History of digital biology
  • New technologies
  • Bioinformatics and genomics
  • Data science

This session aims to:

  • introduce some of the potential of this exciting topic
  • demonstrate one of the fields available to those who go on to study computer science, biology or maths
  • raise ethical issues about digital biology that we’ll all need to deal with by 2030


The other events in The Challenges of 2030 series, which we are adding to, are (Please click):


Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Amanda Clare

Suitable for: Year 11 to Year 13 students. The session will be suitable for those studying, or interested in studying, Computer Science, Biology, Maths.

Preparation or Pre-Reading: There is no specific preparation or pre-reading but we recommend that students consider and discuss some of the key issues as they perceive them and think of any questions they would like to ask.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges.  If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



16th November 2020
12:00 - 12:45
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