I see public engagement/engagement with social issues an important part of my job as a bioethicist. I am available to give interviews on topics related to my research and more broadly on topics related to the use of genetic technologies in reproduction, ethics and law, gender and sport.

Print Media Op-eds and Commentary


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? https://aeon.co/essays/a-bioethicist-on-the-hidden-costs-of-lockdown-in-italy

The article has been published in Spanish for the Chilean magazine Santiago: http://revistasantiago.cl/pensamiento/no-tenia-que-ser-asi/

Camporesi, S (2017, February 28) Who is a sportswoman? Elite female athletes are subjected to invasive gender tests, and hormone treatments if they fail. This is deeply unfair. https://aeon.co/essays/sports-culture-binds-us-to-gender-binaries-this-is-unfair

 Camporesi, S., & Knuckles, J. A. (2016, July 22). The solution to doping is to extend the blame beyond athletes. https://aeon.co/ideas/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. https://theconversation.com/why-caster-semenya-and-dutee-chand-deserve-to-compete-and-win-at-rio-2016-63727

Camporesi, S. (2015, November 4). The last psychopath: using the brain to root out disorder. https://theconversation.com/the-last-psychopath-using-the-brain-to-root-out-disorder-50137

Camporesi, S., & Marks, L. (2015, October 7). The public must speak up about gene editing – beyond embryo modification. https://theconversation.com/the-public-must-speak-up-about-gene-editing-beyond-embryo-modification-48623


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? http://www.newsweek.com/why-caster-semenya-and-dutee-chand-deserve-compete-rio-2016-488958

 Open Democracy

Marks, L., Camporesi, S., & Lind, J. (2016, March 18). This is what the public thinks about genome editing. https://www.opendemocracy.net/lara-marks-silvia-camporesi-jonathan-lind/what-public-thinks-about-genome-editing

Marks, L., & Camporesi, S. (2015, October 15). Join the debate around genome editing. https://www.opendemocracy.net/lara-marks-silvia-camporesi/join-debate-around-genome-editing


Camporesi, S. (2012, July 26). Caster Semenya and athletic excellence: a critique of Olympic sex-testing. http://somatosphere.net/2012/07/caster-semenya-and-athletic-excellence-a-critique-of-olympic-sex-testing.html


Radio and Television Commentary and Expert Opinion

Al Jazeera Inside Story (Television)

I spoke against CAS ruling and in favour of Caster Semenya’s to Imran Khan for Al Jazeera Inside Story on May 2nd: https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2019/05/athletics-rules-unfairly-target-caster-semenya-190502192112795.html

Other expert commentaries on Semenya’s:

BBC Radio 5, May 1st: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0769g7f

BBC Radio London, May 2nd: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p0769g7f?fbclid=IwAR1BVHBoJc9R5TxHMJAZHkXNjLx5caiZYOw3StVnNhck81XJ6tqMuIQ2ajg

BBC Inside Science (Radio)

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


BBC Big Questions (Television)

Panelist for episode “Is it ethical to interfere with the genome?” (2017, June 11).


 BBC News Hour Extra (Radio)

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


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


Gap Summit (Global Biotech Revolution) in Cambridge UK, April 4-6th, 2016. Here is the full recording of the bioethics panel discussion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XpQcgh8LFI&app=desktop 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 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).


BBC World News (Television)

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


In addition 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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I am also pleased to report I was recently appointed (July 2017) External Advisor for Bioethics for the DTC company DNAFit:


References to My Work in Mainstream Media and Professional Outlets:


Work quoted in Vice May 1st, 2019: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/9kxb48/the-court-called-the-caster-semenya-ruling-necessary-discrimination


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.



Forlì in the time of covid-19 (photo by SC), March 2020.