CALGARY, March 5 /CNW/ - Genome Alberta, Genome Canada, and the 2008
International GE(3)LS Symposium have launched a digital art contest with a
first prize of $1,000.
The new realities of genomics have come face-to-face with a society that
does not always understand the ethical, legal, and environmental
considerations of the new biology. Stem cell research and genetically modified
food are highly contentious issues but the same science is sought after to
protect us against disease and develop plants better able to withstand drought
and help feed the hungry.
With a first prize of $1000.00, second prize of $500.00 and a third prize
of $250.00, Genome Alberta and its partners are looking for art that depicts
this intersection of science and society. The contest is open to anyone,
anywhere, and there is an additional Genome Canada Select prize reserved for a
Canadian entry. The public is also being asked to vote on their favourite
GE(3)LS stands for Genomics: Ethics, Environment, Economics, Legal, and
Society and is an important component of all research undertaken by Genome
Alberta, Genome Canada and the other 5 regional genome centres in Canada. The
digital art contest is open now, and GE(3)LS International Symposium is being
held in Calgary in late April.
For more details on the contest, Genome Alberta, and the GE(3)LS
Symposium visit our website at www.genomealberta.ca or look for the Genome
Alberta group on Facebook.
WHAT IS GENOME ALBERTA?
Genome Alberta is a not-for-profit organization which initiates, funds,
and manages research projects in the area of genomics and several of the other
'omics'. It was created in the Fall of 2005 through the partnership of Genome
Canada, Industry Canada, and the Province of Alberta. It is the newest of
Canada's Regional Genome Centres. Visit Genome Alberta at
WHAT IS GE(3)LS?
Genomics research promises many benefits to society while at the same
time raising Ethical, Environmental, Economic, Legal and Social challenges
(hence GE(3)LS). Some of these challenges have raised considerable public
concern. The nature of these concerns, the regulatory response, and the
process for managing genomics issues are the focus of the GE(3)LS program. All
research funded by Genome Alberta has a GE(3)LS component so the issues can be
raised and addressed.
ABOUT THE 2008 INTERNATIONAL GE3LS SYMPOSIUM
The 2008 International GE(3)LS Symposium is an opportunity for GE(3)LS
and genomic science researchers to reconnect, share their research, and
highlight the best in recent GE(3)LS research. It provides an excellent forum
to consider how developments in science, technology and policy bear on GE(3)LS
research priorities and activities. It is being held in Calgary at the Westin
Hotel on April 28-30th. For more information visit the Genome Canada website
DIGITAL ART CONTEST
Full details are available at www.genomealberta.ca/contestrules.aspx
We welcome submissions of original digital works of art that address the
ethical, legal, and social themes related to the human genome, biology in the
21st century, or genetics in society. For the purposes of this contest digital
art is defined as art that is created in a digital form. It can be drawn using
a computer, created from a source such as a digital photograph, or be entirely
computer generated. We will not accept digitized images of oil, acrylic or
mixed media paintings.
Deadline for submissions is April 13th, 2008 and voting will close on
For further information:
For further information: Mike Spear, Ph: (403) 503-5222, Email: