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Science on Screen: Gattaca

Jon was invited to participate on a panel discussion at the Francis Crick Institute as a part of their series of public engagement events "Science on Screen"

Science on Screen: Gattaca

7th November 2018

From the event website:

About Science on Screen 2018/19

The Francis Crick Institute presents Science on Screen, a series of compelling dramas with a science twist. Come along to enjoy top notch films, complimentary popcorn, and explore the themes featured in the films with speakers from the Crick and beyond.


In this futuristic drama, Vincent Freeman assumes the identity of a genetically superior man in order to join the Gattaca space program. Will he be able to conceal his true identity and pursue his lifelong dream of space travel?

Followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A to explore the themes of genetic engineering and its potential impact on society.

Age guidance: Recommended for 12+


Robin Lovell-Badge, Senior group leader and head of the Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute.

Charlotte Douglas, PhD student in the Sex Chromosome Laboratory at the Francis Crick Institute.

Jonathan Roberts, Genetic counsellor and PhD student at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and King’s College London.


Daniel Hausherr, Personal Assistant at the Francis Crick Institute and Camden Tour Guide.

Related Link:


Hausherr D, Lovell-Badge R, Douglas C, Roberts J (2018) Science on Screen: Gattaca. A part of the Francis Crick Institute Science on Screen '18/'19 series. London, UK, 7th November.