2017 Editing Nature SUMMIT
April 20-22 2017
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
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
Author, "Rambunctious Garden"
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
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