The Arts and Humanities Research Council Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Technology Law at the University of Edinburgh (‘SCRIPT’) will be ten years old in 2012.  To celebrate this event, SCRIPT is hosting a conference in Edinburgh on the theme of  ‘Law and Transformation’ on 6, 7 and 8 June 2012.

SCRIPT has throughout its life sought to understand, and respond to, the inter-relationship between systems of innovation, technological development, the law and regulation. A central research question for the Centre has therefore been: how best can law be deployed in responding to new scientific, cultural and technological challenges? In particular, what weight should be given to considerations of trust, openness and secrecy in this rapidly evolving environment?

These themes inform the three days of the conference, which start with a day aimed particularly at early career researchers.  This will include workshops and seminars exploring key developments in the fields of medical, intellectual property, and information technology law.  It offers an opportunity for researchers to present  their ideas, engage with experts, explore future collaborative research, and showcase their work in a poster competition.

The next two days of the conference are dedicated to the Centre’s Phase 2 themes of openness (day 2) and trust (day 3) respectively.  The conference includes an exciting mix of keynote speeches, expert panels, the chance to explore with industry leaders how academic research can have a real impact, the opportunity to set your own agenda in an informal ‘un-conference’ and to make new – and renew old – contacts.  Edinburgh, one of the UK’s most beautiful cities, provides the backdrop for the conference.  There is a formal dinner on the evening of the 7th, after which the more energetic delegates will be able to engage in some authentic Scottish dancing. Do please browse through our website and we hope to see you in June!

Prof. Burkhard Schafer

Director, SCRIPT Centre

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