Sales Have Ended

Ticket sales have ended
Thank you for your registration! We are looking forward to seeing you on the 24th of May 2019 in Bern. All the best, Your Gene Drive Team

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time

Location

Location

Eventforum Bern

12 Fabrikstrasse

3012 Bern

Switzerland

View Map

Sales Have Ended

Ticket sales have ended
Thank you for your registration! We are looking forward to seeing you on the 24th of May 2019 in Bern. All the best, Your Gene Drive Team
Event description
Gene drive technology raises fundamental ecological, social, ethical and legal questions which will be discussed on the symposium.

About this Event

Gene Drives have the potential to circumvent the rules of inheritance in order to quickly and fundamentally alter wild populations or species or to exterminate them altogether. An idea that has long existed, may soon become reality with the help of new genetic enigineering techniques, such as CRISPR-Cas9.

It has been claimed that gene drive technology may be used to combat infectious diseases such as malaria, dengue or zika, as well as to reduce the threat posed by agricultural pests and ecologically harmful invasive species.

However, a crucial difference with conventional gene technology is that gene drives intentionally target wild populations in order to permanently alter them. Gene drives are a technology that raises fundamental ecological, social, ethical and legal questions:

  • Are the promised goals achievable?
  • What environmental implications could we face if we were to eliminate populations or species using gene drives?
  • Are there dispensable species?
  • Who gets to decide?
  • What are the consequences of making such attempts if they are unsuccessful?
  • Are the appropriate regulations in place?
  • Which path do we want to take as a society?

A working group of international scientists, philosophers and legal experts has extensively considered these questions. The outcome of this process will be presented for discussion at the Gene Drive Symposium.

Get more information about the symposium on our website.

With

Ignacio Chapela, Lim Li Ching, Kevin M. Esvelt, Thomas Potthast, Christopher J. Preston, Klaus Peter Rippe, Doug Gurian-Sherman, Ricarda Steinbrecher, Helen Wallace and Fern Wickson

The symposium pass includes

  • Admittance to all scientific presentations and podium discussions
  • Catering (organic)
  • Conference documents
  • Printed update of our study results

The symposium is brougt to you by

Date and Time

Location

Eventforum Bern

12 Fabrikstrasse

3012 Bern

Switzerland

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved