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The End of Death: Avant-Garde and Science

Sunday, 23 April, 2017 - 19:00
(Studio), Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels

British researcher Aubrey de Grey challenges the most basic assumption on humankind - that aging is inevitable. He argues that aging is curable if it's approached as 'an engineering problem'. He wants to identify every component that cause human tissue to age, and remedy each of them - forestalling disease and eventually death. According to Aubrey de Grey the first human being to live 1,000 years is probably already alive. But what would a society look like if people lived forever? And how should it be organized? This salon approaches longevity from a biological, social and legal perspective.


19:30 - Welcome

19:35 - Aubrey de Grey (Cambridge & Berkeley University): 'Rejuvenation biotechnology: why age will no longer mean aging'

20:10 - Artistic perspective on aging by Jorge Leon (artist and filmmaker)

20:30 - 'Regenerative Medicine' by Claudia Spits (VUB)

20:45 - A legal perspective on longevity by Julian Cockbain (Bioethics Institute Ghent)

20:50 - Discussion

21:45 - Drinks

Tickets: €7/5