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CRISPRcon 2020 Virtual: Hope and Hype

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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

HOPE AND HYPE

Sponsored by Genus plc
In the less-than-a-decade since the discovery of CRISPR’s potential applications for gene editing in humans, animals, and plants, there has been much speculation on its possible harms and/or benefits as well as on how technology development and governance in one geography or sector might affect the global trajectory of gene editing as a whole. This week, CRISPRcon 2020 Virtual will explore hope and hype. What can be learned from missteps, slowdowns, and breakthroughs in different sectors and geographies? In the agricultural sector, what gene-edited products have come to market or are likely to arrive soon, how have societal benefits been prioritized (if at all) within research, and how can benefits be assessed?  In the realm of global leadership and coordination across sectors of agriculture and health, how is gene editing research and governance progressing in China, and how do these trends affect research and governance in the rest of the world?

Tuesday, September 29

Spotlight on gene editing in China: Scientific progress, governance, and implications for global trends
China is home to nearly one-fifth of the world’s population and is a global leader on research and development of new technologies, including gene editing. This webinar will look beyond the headline-grabbing case of He Jiankui and explore China’s priorities for gene-editing applications in health and agriculture. What are Chinese scientists, biotech companies, and other institutions developing, how is China approaching governance of gene editing, and how do these approaches and outputs influence the progress and perception of the rest of the world?

Ideas Marketplace: breakout discussions on Hope and Hype
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 1

Peering into the ag pipeline: What gene-edited products are coming soon, and how should potential societal benefits be prioritized and assessed?

Sponsored by Illinois Soybean Association and Bayer Crop Science
Daily headlines share news of scientists using gene editing to research and develop agricultural products targeted at a range of applications including climate adaptation and mitigation, crop productivity, nutrition enhancement, disease resistance, animal welfare, and more. But we’ve heard promises of societal benefit from biotechnology in the past, and the anticipated benefits have not always been realized and/or readily apparent to society. What has gene editing delivered thus far in the agriculture sector and what might be coming soon? What can we learn from the past regarding the role of biotechnology in addressing pressing agricultural challenges? What, if anything, is different now with gene editing in terms of the expectations we should hold – beyond hope and hype – for how societal benefits will be prioritized, assessed and delivered?

Ideas Marketplace: breakout discussions on Hope and Hype
Sponsored by Cornell Alliance for Science
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 October 13-15 with discussions on Equity, Environment, and Agriculture. To register for this next event, please visit CRISPRcon 2020 Virtual: Equity, Environment, and Agriculture

Schedule

· Stage
CRISPRcon: Spotlight on gene editing in China
Spotlight on gene editing in China: Scientific progress, governance, and implications for global trends
Lea Witkowsky Larry Au judy wang Yangyang Cheng
· Sessions
CRISPRcon: Ideas Marketplace
Hosted breakout discussions
· Stage
CRISPRcon: Peering into the ag pipeline
Peering into the ag pipeline: What gene-edited products are coming soon, and how should potential societal benefits be prioritized and assessed?
Chris Newman Michael Doane Modesta Abugu Leland Glenna Franklin Holley
· Sessions
CRISPRcon: Ideas Marketplace
Hosted breakout discussions

Speakers

Yangyang Cheng

Particle Physicist and Writer, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell University

judy wang

Senior Consultant, Corteva AgriScience

Larry Au

PhD candidate, Department of Sociology, Columbia University

Lea Witkowsky

Project/Policy Analyst, Innovative Genomics Institute

Franklin Holley

Director, Agriculture and Food Program, Keystone Policy Center

Leland Glenna

Professor of Rural Sociology and Science, Technology and Society, Penn State University

Modesta Abugu

Fellow, Cornell Alliance for Science

Michael Doane

Global Managing Director for Sustainable Food and Water, The Nature Conservancy

Chris Newman

Co-founder, Sylvanaqua Farms

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What is CRISPRcon?

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

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: Genus plc

Producing superior breeding livestock through genetic improvement

Sponsor: Illinois Soybean Association

Upholding the interests of Illinois soybean producers through promotion, advocacy, and education

Sponsor: Bayer

Science for a better life

Sponsor: Cornell Alliance for Science

Promoting access to scientific innovation as a means of enhancing food security, improving environmental sustainability and raising the quality of life globally.

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?

CRISPR Consensus? panel: Governance and Its Gaps

This 2019 conference was organized by Innovative Genomics Institute, Keystone Policy Center, and Arizona State University

2020 panel: Indigenous Perspectives

On Gene Editing in Health and Agriculture

2019 Midwest: Who Owns Gene Editing?

panel segment from CRISPRcon Midwest

2019 panel: Gene Editing on the Global Stage

Considerations for Governance and Leadership

2019 panel: CRISPR Cures

Gene Editing in Personal and Public Health

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 panel: Personal Reflections

The Promise and Perils of Gene Editing

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 flash talk:

Drawing on Experts, Publics, and Stakeholders to Inform Genome Editing Research

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

Gene Editing and Technology Democratization

2018 panel: What's At Stake

Diverse perspectives on the promise and perils of gene editing

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: Crossing Borders

International dynamics and influences on gene editing and society

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

2017 panel: Envisioning the Future

Where might CRISPR take us – and do we want to go there