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Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall, The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG

The Adelphi Genetics Forum Annual Conference 2022. 

2022 marks the bicentenary of the birth of two men whose pioneering work mattered hugely for science of human genetics Gregor Mendel and Sir Francis Galton. However, their work also mattered hugely in the development and popularization of "eugenics": the breeding of 'better' people through science. 

In recognition of the Adelphi Genetics Forum's descent from the Galton Institute and the Eugenics Education Society - and in keeping with a longstanding tradition of support for public and scholarly discussion and reflection on eugenics - the conference this year is devoted to the problem of how best to live with the eugenic past. 

You can download a programme for the day. 

An international group of distinguished speakers will attempt to answer questions such as: 
  • How should universities and other institutions involved in eugenics deal responsibly with that involvement? 
  • What are the demands of justice when it comes to the victims of eugenics?
  • Can present-day biology education and research be improved to help safeguard the future from the mistakes of the past? 


  • Ms Elaine Riddick - Chairperson, Rebecca Project for Justice, Georgia, USA
  • Professor Joe Cain - Professor of history and philosophy of biology, University College London
  • Professor Zofia Steplowska - Professor of political theory and director of the centre for the study of social justice, University of Oxford
  • Dr Brian Donovan - Senior research scientist, BSCS Science Learning, Colorado, USA
  • Professor Anneke Lucassen - Professor of genomic medicine and director of the centre for personalised medicine, University of Oxford; professor of clinical genetics, University of Southampton
  • Dr Adam Rutherford - science writer and broadcaster, UK
  • Professor Michele Bratcher Goodwin - Chancellor's professor of law and director of the center of biotechnology and global health policy, University of California Irvine, USA 
For more information, please visit the conference event page

Cost and booking 

This event is free to attend and open to all. Advanced registration is essential and booking forms can be found on the Adelphi Genetics Forum conference website


For event queries, please contact the Adelphi Genetics Forum team