EDITING NATURE

Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies

New Haven, Connecticut

 2017 Editing Nature SUMMIT

Yale University

April 20-22 2017

ABOUT

The 2017 Editing Nature Summit used a multi-disciplinary, diversity-driven approach to convene conversation about the responsible use of gene editing technologies and their implications for the environment. The mission of the summit was to develop a deliberative model that gives voice to all stakeholders and works to inform wise regulatory policies and technology development. A policy forum piece informed by summit discussions calling for the formations of an independent international body to guide all projects aiming to release gene edited organisms into the wild is forthcoming.

 

The summit program consisted of a keynote session and short talks that were open to the public, and extensive round table discussions consisting of 20 invited participants from both within and outside Yale University. The group consisted of visionaries from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines including ecologists, molecular biologists, policy makers, philosophers, engineers, ethicists, architects, theologists, journalists, and policy and governance experts.

 

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PROGRAM OF EVENTS 

Keynote Session

Altering Nature by Gene Editing: We Can, but Should We?

James Collins PhD

Professor of Natural History and the Environment, Arizona State University

Co-chair, 2016 NASEM report on gene drives

Genes to Ecosystems - Valuing Nature

Emma Marris

Author, "Rambunctious Garden"

SHORT TALKS

Open, Local and Obligated

Kevin Esvelt PhD

MIT Media Lab

At the Intersection of Wonder, Power, and Worry

Michael Nelson PhD

Oregon State University and The Conservation Ethics Group

Synthetic Biology on Mars: Designing Solutions for Earth

Lynn Rothschild PhD

NASA Ames and Brown University

Adaptation

David Benjamin

The Living and Columbia University

ROUND TABLE PARTICIPANTS

Andrew Newhouse SUNY Syracuse ESF

Shannon Prince Yale Law School and Harvard University

Zahra Meghani PhD University of Rhode Island

Adalgisa Caccone PhD Yale University

Mary Evelyn Tucker PhD Yale Forum for Religion and Ecology

Rowan Jacobson MIT Knight Science Journalism Program

Timothy Brown National Geographic Society

Catherine Amy Kroop Yale Divinity School

Misha Semenov Yale School of Architecture

Vivian Vigliotti Yale School of Public Health

Calestous Juma PhD Harvard University

 
 

WATCH HERE!

Altering Nature by Gene Editing: We Can, but Should We?

James Collins

Welcome address by Oswald (Os) Schmitz, director of the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies (YIBS) and Natalie Kofler, Editing Nature Summit Chair. James Collins, PhD, professor of natural history and the environment at Arizona State University discusses the scientific and moral implications of releasing gene edited organisms into the wild.

Editing Nature Summit Keynote Session, April 20, 2017 

Genes to Ecosystems: Valuing Nature

Emma Marris

Emma Marris, journalist and author of “Rambunctious Garden” discusses varying perceptions of the natural world and how the emergence of gene editing technologies requires that we explore new relationships with nature.

Editing Nature Summit Keynote Session, April 20, 2017

Open, Local, and Obligated

Kevin Esvelt

Kevin Esvelt, PhD, assistant professor at the MIT Media Lab and leader of the Sculpting Evolution Group talks about the need for new scientific structures based on transparency and open communication with the public to steer the responsible use of gene editing and gene drive technologies.

Editing Nature Summit Short Talk Series, April 21, 2017

At the Intersection of Wonder, Power, and Worry

Michael Nelson

Michael Nelson, PhD, professor of environmental ethics and philosophy at Oregon State University and co-director of the Conservation Ethics Group discusses the need for environmental ethics in navigating how gene editing technologies are developed to solve environmental issues.

 

Editing Nature Summit Short Talk Series, April 21, 2017

Synthetic Biology on Mars: Designing Solutions for Earth

Lynn Rothschild

Lynn Rothschild, PhD, synthetic biologist and astrobiologist at NASA Ames and adjunct professor at Brown University describes new advances in synthetic biology that could allow for humans to live on Mars, and their applications for environmental sustainability on Earth.

 

Editing Nature Summit Short Talk Series, April 21, 2017

Adaptation

David Benjamin

David Benjamin, founding principal of the Living and assistant professor at Columbia University describes how his team explores the use of living organisms in the built environment for bio-computing, bio-sensing, and bio-manufacturing.


Editing Nature Summit Short Talk Series, April 21, 2017

Short Talk Series Panel Discussion

Moderated by Natalie Kofler

Short Talk Series Panel Discussion with Michael Nelson, Kevin Esvelt, Lynn Rothschild, and David Benjamin. Editing Nature Summit 2017,

 

Editing Nature Summit Short Talk Series, April 21, 2017

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