Tough Choices – New Biosafety Decisions in High Stakes Arenas

Framsenteret, Tromsø, Norway, Monday 22nd August 2011 to Wednesday 24th August 2011


Topic: Tough Choices – New Biosafety Decisions in High Stake Arenas
Dates: 22-24 August, 2011
Venue: Tromsø, Norway
Many new technologies including GM viruses, GM mosquitoes, custom designed fish, drought tolerant plants are all entering the regulatory arena – in some cases, they have already been released. Many of these new and emerging technologies offer new hopes to myriads of human and animal diseases as well as to biodiversity conservation. Such biotechnologies will force us to ask the hard questions about how we understand, evaluate and treat biotechnology and the associated risks. When is a risk worth taking? Does human wealth outweigh biodiversity? How do we trade off hazards about which we are certain against risks that we are not? And should "transgenics" really be the only focus of our regulatory attention?
This conference aims to bring together a wide variety of stake holders to discuss these issues. This is a unique opportunity to address bio-innovators from across the world. Scientists, regulators, decision makers and civil society leaders from across the globe are confirmed to attend as part of GenØk’s specialist biosafety training course taking place a week before the conference.
Sessions include:
  • Public health and new technologies
  • Biocontrol and biodiversity
  • Animal production
  • Plant production
  • Process and risk methodologies of risk assessment
  • Ethics and society
Confirmed keynote speakers include:
  • Ms. Denise Caruso, Founder,  Hybrid Vigour Institute, San Francisco
  • Prof. Geoffrey L Smith, Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, Imperial College London
  • Dr. Ron Thresher, Principal Investigator, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, Australia
  • Prof. Fred Gould, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Agriculture, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Dr. Helen Wallace, Executive Director, Gene Watch UK
  • Dr. Luke Alphey, Director and Chief Scientist, Oxitech Ltd London
Deadline for submission of abstracts is 6.6.2011. Details of practical matters including abstract submission, conference fees, registration and accommodation can be found on the conference website:
This conference is brought to you by GenØk – Centre for Biosafety, Third World Network (Malaysia), and the Centre for Integrated Research in Biosafety, University of Canterbury (New Zealand) with funding from NORAD.
Conference secretariat:                                         
Beate S Perdersen                                                                    
GenØk-Centre for Biosafety                          
Tromsø, Norway                                            
Fax. +47 77646100
Tel. +47 77623291      
Conference organising committee:
Dr Malachy Ifeanyi Okeke
Dr. Brigitta Kurenbach
GenØk-Centre for Biosafety
Tromsø, Norway



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