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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 CRISPRcon.org

EQUITY, ENVIRONMENT, AND AGRICULTURE

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 and conservation.

Tuesday, October 13

In partnership with Genetic Engineering and Society Center at North Carolina State University
Sponsored by
Bayer

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, voice, choice, 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 and concerns 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. 

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. 

Thursday, October 15

In partnership with Genetic Engineering and Society Center at North Carolina State University

Gene editing, conservation, 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.

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.

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

Schedule

· Stage
CRISPRcon: Risk governance in gene editing and food
Intersections of safety and equity **Content developed in partnership with the Genetic Engineering and Society Center at North Carolina State University
Sarah Gallo Selim Louafi Eliane Ubalijoro Gregory Jaffe Jennifer Kuzma
· Sessions
CRISPRcon: Ideas Marketplace
Hosted breakout discussions
· Stage
CRISPRcon: Gene editing, conservation, and climate justice
Adaptation, mitigation, and conservation strategies in a changing world **Content developed in partnership with the Genetic Engineering and Society Center
Riley Taitingfong Shantha Ready Alonso Sara Fitzsimmons Elizabeth Hobman Katie  Barnhill-Dilling
· Sessions
CRISPRcon: Ideas Marketplace
Hosted breakout discussions

Speakers

Katie Barnhill-Dilling

Postdoctoral Research Scholar, NCSU, Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources

Elizabeth Hobman

Research Scientist, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Sara Fitzsimmons

Director of Restoration, The American Chestnut Foundation at Penn State University

Shantha Ready Alonso

Executive Director, Creation Justice Ministries

Riley Taitingfong

PhD candidate, Department of Communication, UC San Diego

Jennifer Kuzma

Co-Director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center, NC State University

Gregory Jaffe

Director of the Project on Biotechnology, Center for Science in the Public Interest

Eliane Ubalijoro

Deputy Executive Director for Programs, Global Open Data in Agriculture and Nutrition

Selim Louafi

Social Scientist, Centre International de Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement

Sarah Gallo

Director of Market Access for Food & Farm Innovation, Biotechnology Innovation Organization

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Keystone Policy Center

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What is CRISPRcon?

Rather than a traditional science conference, CRISPRcon is a dialogue across disciplines and perspectives

Partner: Genetic Engineering and Society Center

Shaping futures of biotech by integrating scientific knowledge & public values

Sponsor: Corteva Agriscience

Growing progress and ensuring the success of generations to come

Sponsor: United Soybean Board

Our ability to reduce pesticides is already in its DNA.

Sponsor: Bayer

Science for a better life

Keystone Policy Center

Empowering leaders to thoughtfully engage on complex policy issues

What is CRISPR?

Genome Editing with CRISPR-Cas9

What is CRISPR?

Introduction to CRISPR-Cas9 Genome Editing

What is CRISPR?

What is gene editing, and what is somatic vs. germline editing?

2020 panel: Indigenous Perspectives

on Gene Editing in Health and Agriculture

2020 panel: Spotlight on China

Scientific progress, governance, and implications for global trends

2020 panel: Peering into the ag pipeline

What gene-edited products are coming soon, and how should potential societal benefits be prioritized and assessed?

2019 panel: Growing for Good?

Gene Editing and Agriculture

2019 panel: Double Helixes and the Circular Economy

Gene Editing, Sustainability, and the Environment

2019 keynote: A Conversation on CRISPR Science and Policy

with Louise Fresco and John van der Oost, Wageningen University & Research

2019 flash talk:

Removing Dopaminergic Inhibition to Study Sexual Maturation in Zebrafish

2019 flash talk:

Gene Editing to Reduce Gluten Immunogenicity in Wheat

2019 flash talk:

Killing of Day-Old Chicks Can Be Stopped Using Genetic Modification

2019 flash talk: Breeding Healthier Crops

Dietary Fibre and Medicinal Terpenes from Chicory Roots

2019 panel segment:

from CRISPRcon Midwest

2018 panel: Of the People, By the People, For the People

Gene editing and technology democratization

2018 flash talk: Snap! Crackle! Pop!

Rice CRISPRs for Tolerance to Disease and Environmental Stress

2018 flash talk:

The Hope and the Hype

2018 flash talk:

Genome Editing of the Staple Crop Cassava to Eliminate Toxic Cyanogen Production

2018 flash talk:

Genome Editing to Produce Virus Resistant Pigs

2018 flash talk:

Engagement, Values, and the Future of Gene Editing

2018 panel: It Takes a Village

Scientists, communities, and the co-development of ecotechnologies

2018 flash talk: Mice Against Ticks

Community-guided research for public health

2017 panel: If We Edit It, Will We Eat It

Social acceptance of CRISPR in food

2017 panel: CRISPR in the Wild

Environmental considerations for gene editing