Seminar: Living longer – who wants to live forever?

14 October, 15.00

Room G10 Chandler House, University College London
2 Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PF

This seminar, led by the Institute of Gerontology, King’s College London, is co-hosted with BioCentre and UCL Grand Challenges of Human Wellbeing .

Speakers: Professor Sharon Kaufman (University of California, San Francisco), Dr Guy Brown (University of Cambridge) and Dr Chris Gilleard (UCL)

The potential of new ageing populations’ extending lifespans opens new fields for discussion of bioethics and in particular the issue of limits to longevity. Key questions we seek to address here include: What can bio-gerontology tell us about increasing longevity? What are social implications of increasing lifespans? Should we all live forever? Here we aim to consider the emerging cohorts of older adults who engage the most high-tech life extension therapies in later life. This population is growing exponentially in the U.S., and perhaps elsewhere, and will continue to do so as technologies for longevity-making proliferate, and as a new kind of social ethics enables that proliferation.

This seminar is open to all but participants are asked to book a place in advance. There will be a reception in Room B04 following the seminar. Please contact

Further information about this event is available here.


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