Public engagement

Public engagement with social and ethical issues related to emerging technologies is a key part of my profession as a bioethicist.

I am available to give interviews on topics related to bioethics, and specifically on topics related to my research: genetics and the future of human reproduction; ethics and law in medicine and sport; clinical research ethics, public health ethics in the pandemic.

Recent talks:

The recording of the ELSI Friday Forum on “Genetic Advantages: when do they count as doping?” can be found here.

Recent blog posts:

the International Public Policy Observatory (published April 6th, 2022)

What We Can Learn From Italy’s COVID-19 Policy Response

For Nature Behavioural and Social Sciences Community Hub (published March 28, 2022) 


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…una piccola lezione in italiano su cos’è la bioetica, secondo me. Puntata de #Maestri del 13.12.21

Poi con #edoardocamurri parliamo di sport, doping, e modificazioni del genoma umano.

Disponibile su RaiPlay: 

BBC Inside Science (Radio)

April 18th, 2019: I spoke to Adam Rutherford about the experiments carried out at Yale University reanimating pigs heads:

BBC News Hour Extra (Radio)

Commentary for: “A flickering flame: Is the Olympic ideal dead?” (2016, July 29).

World, We’ve Got This Podcast

In this episode of World, We’ve Got This (season 3, episode 7, aired  January 28th, 2022), Sara Dahlen, a PhD candidate in Bioethics & Society and Dr Silvia Camporesi, Reader in Bioethics and Health Humanities, discuss an imagined future in which “there will be no humans as we know them”, humanity’s relationship with nature and technology, and explore some of the bioethical questions facing us today.

Sara’s essay, “Notes to No-One”, won the 2021 King’s Biotechnology & Society Essay Contest and imagines a future after an ecological collapse where humanity has almost been destroyed by climate change, wildfires and endocrine disruptions.

You can read Sara’s essay, and find out more about the Biotechnology and Society research group on the King’s website.

You can listen to this episode here:

In this episode of WORLD: we got this, recorded in June 2020, we explore our personal experiences living and working in the UK, Italy and South Africa during this strange time and how bioethics comes into practice.

You can listen to the episode of KCL podcast “World, we got this: Ethics and pandemics” here:

and access the transcript of the conversation here.

Podcast interview with UC Medical Humanities Press April 27th, 2016:

BBC World Service (Radio)

Expert opinion on Dutee Chand’s case. (2015, March 23).  

 BBC Have Your Say (Radio)

Expert opinion on Dutee Chand’s case. (2015, March 23).

 BBC Radio 4 News (Radio)

Expert opinion on Dutee Chand’s case. (2015, March 23).

Other expert commentaries on Semenya’s:

BBC Radio 5, May 1st:

BBC Radio London, May 2nd:


Al Jazeera 

I spoke to Imran Khan for Al Jazeera Inside Story on May 2nd, 2020, on the ethics of sport and the case of Caster Semenya :

BBC Big Questions 

I was a panelist for  the BBC Big Questions episode “Is it ethical to interfere with the genome?” (2017, June 11).

Global Biotech Summit

Gap Summit (Global Biotech Revolution) in Cambridge UK, April 4-6th, 2016. Here is the full recording of the bioethics panel discussion: and here is my interview, where I answer the question: “Which debates do you think will be most important in biotechnology and bioethics by 2050?”

BBC World News 

Expert opinion on the case of eugenics victims receiving compensation for sterilization in Virginia. (2015, February 27).



Camporesi, S (2020, April 20th) A bioethicist at the heart of the Italian coronavirus crisis asks: why won’t we talk about the trade-offs of the lockdown?

The article has been published in Spanish for the Chilean magazine Santiago:

Camporesi, S (2017, February 28) Who is a sportswoman?

 Camporesi, S., & Knuckles, J. A. (2016, July 22). The solution to doping is to extend the blame beyond athletes.

The Conversation UK

Camporesi, S. (2016, August 9). Why Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand deserve to compete (and win) at Rio 2016.

Camporesi, S. (2015, November 4). The last psychopath: using the brain to root out disorder.

Camporesi, S., & Marks, L. (2015, October 7). The public must speak up about gene editing – beyond embryo modification.


Camporesi, S. (2016, August 10). Why Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand Deserve to Compete at Rio 2016: Do female athletes with high levels of testosterone have an unfair advantage?

 Open Democracy

Marks, L., Camporesi, S., & Lind, J. (2016, March 18). This is what the public thinks about genome editing.

Marks, L., & Camporesi, S. (2015, October 15). Join the debate around genome editing.


Camporesi, S. (2012, July 26). Caster Semenya and athletic excellence: a critique of Olympic sex-testing.

 I write regularly for the Huffington Post US Blog:

All opinion pieces available here:

Camporesi, S. (2016, September 19). Genome Editing, Bioethics, Policy and Politics in the UK and in the US.

Camporesi, S., & Cavaliere, G. (2016, September 15). Shortage Of Organs For Transplantation — Is More Research on Human-Animal Chimeras the Right Approach?

Camporesi, S. (2016, July 29). Clear Skies Overhead for Dutee Chand, But Clouds Loom on the Horizon.

Camporesi, S. (2016, June 18). Bioethics as a Profession: Expertise and Accountability for the Gene Editing Debate.

Camporesi, S. (2015, November 30). CRISPR Goes to Washington: Democracy Ensues? Results From Pilot Public Engagement Project.

Camporesi, S. (2015, November 3). Ethics of Genetic Screening in ‘Tomcat’: What Trade Offs Are We Ready to Make to Live in a World Free From Illness?


Un paio di articoli in italiano per Pagina 99 datati 10 dicembre 2016 e intitolati “Correggere il DNA materno per eliminare difetti genetici” firmati da Angela Simone e che contengono una mia intervista:

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Selected references to my research in mainstream media and professional outlets:


Work quoted in Vice May 1st, 2019:


May 3rd, 2019


East, S. (2016, August 12). Should a woman’s testosterone level matter in sports?

 The Guardian

Kessel, A. (2018, February 18) The unequal battle: privilege, genes, gender and power


Pielke Jr., R. (2016, August 3). Get ready for the coming wave of technologically enhanced athletes.

 The Mail and Guardian

Saba, A. (2016, August 25).  Has gender verification made women’s athletics into a sordid masquerade?

Los Angeles Daily News

Reid, S. (2016, August 1). Wave of controversy surrounds track star Caster Semenya.

International Bar Association

Green, R. (2016, August 22). Suspended hyperandrogenism regulations under the spotlight at Rio Olympics.