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Ethical, legal and societal aspects of genome editing in agriculture: International Summer School

Young researchers from all areas of the field are invited to present and discuss their work within an interdisciplinary group of young scientists and a team of high profile experts from different disciplines.
When Oct 02, 2017 09:00 AM to
Oct 06, 2017 05:00 PM
Where Studienhaus Gut Schönwag, near Munich
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Travel expenses will be reimbursed. Accommodation and meals are provided by the summer school. An expense allowance of 300 Euro will be paid to each participant. Please send your application (400 word abstract, CV and publication list) by 31 March 2017 to


Recent advances in Genome Editing for agricultural purposes pose general questions in a new light: How should we regulate new breeding technologies for plants and livestock in a scientific way? What are the legal, societal and ethical backgrounds of the current food labelling practice in different countries, especially in Germany and the United Kingdom? Is food labelling an appropriate strategy to cope with uncertainty in risk discussions? Which alternatives could be suitable to respond to the specific protection needs of people, animals and the environment? Do we have to re-interpret the way the precautionary principle is understood in current risk assessments?

The international summer school will analyse and discuss corresponding scientific, legal and ethical questions not least by comparing the ongoing debates in Germany and the United Kingdom. This comparison is of particular interest since the political discussions, ethical evaluations and the juridical frameworks in the two states can be considered as counterparts. In addition, contrasting the situation in Europe and in the USA will reveal the arguments offered in favour of and against the need for labelling.

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