The Mason Institute offers an exciting calendar of events throughout the year for students, academics, practitioners, and the public. Here you will find details of our MI lunches, annual lectures, work in progress seminars, and more!

Mar
28
Thu
MI Writing Retreat @ Elder Room, Old College,South Bridge, The University of Edinburgh
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
Apr
4
Thu
MI WiP Seminar @ Room 3.29, 50 George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LH, UK
Apr 4 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Apr
9
Tue
Mason Institute Annual Lecture @ The Project Room 1.06 (1st Floor), 50 George Square, The University of Edinburgh, EH8 9JU
Apr 9 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

We will hold our MI Annual Lecture with a lecture from Professor Bartha Maria Knoppers, from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.

‘Realizing the Right to Benefit from Science’

“[Everyone has] the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and its applications.” (Art. 15(1)(b)), International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR), 1966.

To date, 169 states have signed and ratified the ICESCR.  More than fifty years since its adoption by the United Nations General Assembly, and despite its legal actionability, governments on the whole have failed to adopt measures to respect a specific social and cultural right within the Covenant, namely “the right of everyone to enjoy the benefits of science progress and its applications”.  This right, in other words, largely has been dormant.    This lecture will examine the interrelated sets of rights found within ICESCR’s article 15: “the right to benefit from”, the right of scientific freedom, and the duty of states to provide an enabling environment whereby scientific progress and its applications will be fully realized.  With respect to data intensive science and human germline engineering, for example, the possible regulatory routes and content of the right to benefit from science are varied; what are and might be suitable approaches?

The need to awaken this “Cinderella” right remains.

About the Speaker:

Bartha Maria Knoppers, PhD (Comparative Medical Law), is a Full Professor, Canada Research Chair in Law and Medicine and Director of the Centre of Genomics and Policy of the Faculty of Medicine at McGill University. She is Chair of the Ethics and Governance Committee of the International Cancer Genome Consortium (2009-2017), as well as the Ethics Advisory Panel of WADA (2015- ). She is Co-Chair of the Regulatory and Ethics Workstream of the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (2013- ). In 2015-2016, she was a member of the Drafting Group for the Recommendation of the OECD Council on Health Data Governance and gave The Galton Lecture in November 2017. She holds four Doctorates Honoris Causa and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Hastings Center (bioethics), the Canadian Academy Health Sciences (CAHS), and, the Royal Society of Canada. She is also an Officer of the Order of Canada and of Quebec.

Apr
11
Thu
MI Writing Retreat @ Room 3.14, 50 George Square, The University of Edinburgh
Apr 11 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
Apr
18
Thu
MI WiP Seminar @ Carstares Room, Old College, South Bridge
Apr 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Apr
25
Thu
MI Writing Retreat @ Room 3.29, 50 George Square, The University of Edinburgh
Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
May
2
Thu
MI WiP Seminar @ Moot Court Room, Old College, South Bridge
May 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
May
9
Thu
MI Writing Retreat @ Elder Room, Old College,South Bridge, The University of Edinburgh
May 9 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up
May
16
Thu
MI WiP Seminar @ Elder Room, Old College, South Bridge, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9YL
May 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Staff attending this seminar are required to bring their University staff/ student cards to present at the reception. Thank you.

May
23
Thu
MI Writing Retreat @ Room 2.29, 50 George Square,The University of Edinburgh EH8 9LH, UK
May 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Are you facing writer’s block?

With the multiple demands of academic life, do you have trouble making time for your writing?

Would you welcome support in warding off the mighty distractor that is the Internet?

Writing is hard work and is often relegated to the bottom of our to-do list. Mason Institute (MI) organises a fortnightly writing retreat modelled on the Institute for Academic Development’s writing boot camps: a day of writing, away from wifi and phones, and organised around dedicated writing blocks and breaks. The MI Writing Retreats are open to all. If you would like to join our mailing list, please email Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at Agomoni.Ganguli-Mitra@ed.ac.uk stating your interest.

WRITING RETREAT PROGRAMME

9.00am – 9.30am Set up and set goals for the day
9.30 – 10.45am Writing (1hr 15min)
10.45am – 11.00am Break and Review
11.00am – 12.30pm Writing (1hr 30min)
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 3.00pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
3.00pm – 3.15pm Break and Review
3.15pm – 4.45pm Writing (1hr 30 min)
4.45pm – 5.00pm Wrap up