CRISPRcon 2020 Virtual: Equity, Environment, and Agriculture

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CRISPRcon 2020 Virtual presents a series of dialogues exploring gene editing’s role in COVID-19 testing and treatment, racial disparities and inequities, strategies to address climate change, and other pressing issues. In a year that has transformed the world in unexpected ways, join us virtually for a dynamic, diverse, and timely lineup of interactive discussions that consider gene editing across applications, disciplines, geographies, communities, cultures, and perspectives. For more information about CRISPRcon 2020 including our sponsors, partners, and complete fall lineup, please visit


Genome editing has been criticized by some as a product of the scientific, political and social approaches to ecological and agricultural systems that contribute to rather than curb social inequities. It has been touted by others as a breakthrough tool for addressing equity issues in public health, agriculture, food and conservation, including those related to climate change. This week, CRISPRcon will explore how social equity factors into non-human gene editing, first exploring how risks are defined and governed in food systems and then exploring potential risks and benefits for climate justice.

Tuesday, October 13

In partnership with North Carolina State University Genetic Engineering and Society Center
Risk governance in gene editing and food: Intersections of safety and equity
Societal concerns regarding gene-edited food and agriculture products are wide-ranging, encompassing issues such as human safety, ecological impact, animal welfare, socioeconomic implications for agricultural communities, distribution of societal impacts and benefits, and control, access, and sovereignty within food systems. The assessment and management of various potential risks is distributed among regulators, researchers and developers, and other societal actors;  questions of who defines what risks are managed, who manages them, and to what standard represent equity and political concerns in the risk governance process.  This panel will consider the scope and governance of different categories of risk in various geographies, including how risk is currently addressed and how it might alternatively be addressed through regulatory and other processes. 

Thursday, October 15

In partnership with North Carolina State University Genetic Engineering and Society Center
Gene editing and climate justice: Adaptation, mitigation, and conservation strategies in a changing world
Societal impacts of climate change will not be distributed equally among geographies and populations. Proponents of gene editing forecast conservation applications whereby gene editing might aid in climate change adaptation (and, sometimes, mitigation) for vulnerable communities and ecosystems. Yet these technological solutions may create their own inequities and risks, both ecological and social. This session will explore what is at stake -- including both risks and benefits --  in the use of gene editing to address climate justice/equity issues.

Thursday, October 15

Ideas Marketplace: breakout discussions on Equity, Environment, and Agriculture

Immediately following the panel discussion, we will hold an Ideas Marketplace, where volunteer hosts will lead other CRISPRcon participants in informal video breakout discussions on a topic of the host’s choice. (Interested in being a discussion host? Apply here by September 17)

CRISPRcon 2020 Virtual returns for its closing week on October 27-29 with discussions on Priority and Agenda Setting. To register for this event, please visit CRISPRcon 2020 Virtual: Priority and Agenda Setting


· Stage
CRISPRcon: Risk governance in gene editing and food
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CRISPRcon: Gene editing and climate justice
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CRISPRcon: Ideas Marketplace


Hosted by

Keystone Policy Center

CRISPRcon is a unique forum bringing diverse voices together to discuss the future of CRISPR and related gene editing technologies across applications