Holistic Foundations for Assessment and Regulation of Genetic Engineering and Genetically Modified Organisms

Science Park/University of Tromsø, Norway, Sunday 29th July 2012 to Friday 10th August 2012

 

Date:     29 July – 10 August 2012
Venue:  Science Park/University of Tromsø, Norway
Topics include:
  • Holistic overview of pre-market risk assessment, from hazard identification to risk mitigation
  • Introduction to and use of latest international guidance from Codex Alimentarius and the Cartagena Protocol
  • How to use and interpret the latest molecular, human health, and ecological science for making robust, defensible and effective risk assessment and risk mitigation plans
  • GMO sampling and tracing
  • Economic and legal aspects of GE applications/GMOs, including liability and redress
  • Socio-cultural, ethical, and political issues in GE applications/GMOs
  • Policy and regulatory issues, including national biosafety implementation
  • Future and emerging GE applications
  • Gene ecology and alternatives to GE/GMO applications
  • Evaluating risk assessment case studies under the guidance of the Biosafety Assessment Tool
  • Laboratory sessions on different GMO detection methods
 
Background
The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety seeks to protect human health (including food safety) and biodiversity from the potential risks created by the use and dissemination of living “Genetically Modified Organisms” (GMOs), while taking into account socio-economic considerations. Implementation of biosafety regulation is therefore the focus of many countries to establish such safeguards. However, the process of implementing the Protocol has unveiled a limited capacity for science-based hazard identification that is necessary to perform risk assessments, including a holistic understanding of the policy, legal, regulatory, ethical, economic and social dimensions, which is also lacking in many cases.
 
Performing credible and relevant biological risk assessments requires multi-disciplinary scientific and social scientific competence that considers the local context of GMO introductions. Each country requires the capacity for general scientific risk assessment and management, tailored to their particular environmental, health, and community needs. Moreover, there is a need to assess GMOs developed domestically, or imported purposely or accidentally from others, into the context of their special cultural, ethical, socio-economic and policy frameworks. Such initiatives will require holistic approaches to develop adequate integration of diverse issues in the regulation of GMOs.
 
About the course
The course is designed to provide policy makers, regulators, scientists and NGOs/civil society leaders, specifically from developing countries (ODA-countries), the knowledge and training necessary to develop a holistic view on the issues surrounding GMOs. The goal is to empower the participants with balanced information on GMOs, in order to fairly, yet critically, evaluate the issue from their own perspective and country needs. Lectures, laboratory demonstrations, group work on case studies and discussions will form the basis of the course, which aims to offer biosafety capacity building within a holistic framework. Participants will also be required to submit a GE/GMO/biosafety country report in order to more broadly share their local experiences of the current status of GMOs/biosafety with other participants.
 
Eligibility and selection process
The course application form must be filled out entirely and with as much detail as possible. The applicant must provide information about the type/level of position they are holding, and state the basis for their interest in the course. In addition, a brief CV is required for consideration.
 
The working language of the course will be English only, and as such, applicants should be able to work sufficiently well in English in both oral and written communications. Sponsorships will only be given to applicants from developing (ODA) countries. Gender, occupation and regional criteria are also used in the selection of participants in order to achieve representational balance. The selection committee usually completes the selection by 1 May.
 
Applications are due by 1 April 2012.
 
Costs and expenses
Full sponsorship will be offered to 40 selected applicants from developing (ODA) countries. The sponsorship will cover curricular materials, course-associated travel, visa-fees, accommodation and meals.
 
The course has 15 places available to participants from all countries that are able to secure their own sponsorship/funding. The course fee of $1300 USD includes curricular materials, lunch (12 days), opening/farewell ceremony, local transport and social activities. In addition, self-financing participants will also have to pay for their travel and accommodation (hotel NOK 1195/night (approx. US $205) incl. breakfast and dinner buffet). Applications for self-financed places should be submitted by 1 June 2012. The places are allocated on a first come first served basis. Participants must be prepared to pay course fee when registering.
 
How to apply:
Online (electronic) application form (remember to e-mail your CV):
or
 
E-mail application form/CV to: biosafety2012@genok.org
 
Contact information – GenØk:
E-mail to the biosafety team : biosafety2012@genok.org
Phone: +47 77 64 55 46
Fax:  +47 77 64 61 00
Web:  english.genok.org
Further information about ODA-countries: www.oecd.org/dac/stats/daclist
 
 

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Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil, Monday 4th November 2013 to Saturday 9th November 2013

 

Regional course 2013

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Open Applications for their Latin American Regional Course:

“Holistic Foundations for Assessment and Regulation of Genetic Engineering and Genetically Modified Organisms”

 

Date:     4 November – 9 November, 2013
Venue:  Federal University of Santa Catarina, Florianópolis, Brazil

 

Topics include:

  • –  The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and other relevant international laws
  • –  Holistic overview of genetics, genes, gene expression and regulation
  • –  Application areas for genetic engineering and emerging techniques
  • –  The potential impact of GMOs on the environment and human health
  • –  Economic and legal aspects of GMOs
  • –  Socio-cultural and ethical issues of GMOs
  • –  Regulatory systems and GMO labelling
  • –  Risk assessment of GMOs and the evaluative review of risk assessment
  • –  Practical laboratory sessions on GMO detection
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Background
The Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety seeks to ensure ”an adequate level of protection in the field of the safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms resulting from modern biotechnology that may have adverse effects on the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, taking also into account risks to human health, and specifically focusing on transboundary movements”. In order to manage the introduction and development of GMOs as well as trade thereof, countries are required to develop biosafety regulations. This task is, however, challenged by a lack of understanding, expertise and scientific knowledge necessary to perform risk assessment and develop a regulatory system able to take into consideration ethical, economic and social considerations, including inputs from the public.

 

Performing credible risk assessments requires multi-disciplinary scientific and social scientific competence able to consider the local context of GMO introductions. Each country needs to be able to conduct risk assessments and perform evaluative reviews in order to effectively monitor and manage the introduction of GMOs into the environment.

Moreover, there is a need to assess GMOs in the context of each country’s unique cultural, ethical, socio-economic and policy frameworks. Such initiatives require holistic approaches and public participation to develop adequate regulation over the use of GMOs.

 

About the course
The course is designed to provide policy makers, regulators, scientists and NGOs/civil society leaders, (specifically from developing countries) with the necessary balanced and critical knowledge and training in crucial GE/GMO issues. Through lectures, laboratory demonstrations, group work on case studies, and discussions, we offer biosafety capacity building within a holistic framework.

 

The course will contain lectures in English, Portuguese and Spanish. Translation will be available English-Spanish and vice-versa.

 

Eligibility and selection process
The course application form must be filled out entirely and with as much detail as possible. The applicant must provide information about the type/level of position they hold and state the basis for their interest in the course. In addition, a brief CV is required for consideration.

 

The regional course is open to applicants from Latin American countries. Participants must come from or live in an ODA-country to be considered. Gender and regional criteria are also used in the selection of participants in order to achieve representational balance.

Applications close on 15th August 2013.

 

Costs and expenses
Full sponsorship will be given to 40 selected applicants. The sponsorship will cover curricular materials, course-associated economy-fare travel, visa-fees, accommodation and meals.

 

How to apply:

Download the application Word file here: Application form 2013

 

An application form in Word-format can also be obtained on request from post@genok.no

 

The completed forms/CVs should be returned to brazil2013@genok.no

 

For further information you can contact:

Sarah Agapito-Tenfen and Daniel Holderbaum
Programa de Pós-Graduação em Recursos Genéticos Vegetais
Centro de Ciências Agrárias – Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina
Florianópolis, SC, Brasil
sarahagro@gmail.com and holderbaum.df@gmail.com
55-48-37215329

 

or

 

Katrine Jaklin
Project Manager: GenØk – Centre for Biosafety
E-mail: katrine.jaklin@genok.no


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