Online Conference: Applications of CRISPR/Cas in agricultural plants and effects on the environment



21 June 2021

10:00-12:30 CET

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Aims and background:

Our conference aims to inform policy makers about recent scientific findings with relevance for the regulation of New Genetic Engineering (New GE). The focus of the conference are genome-edited plants and environmental risks.

With the recently published Commission report on new genomic techniques, the debate on genome editing and its regulation is gaining momentum on the agenda of EU policy makers. It is becoming increasingly important for policy makers to understand the technical potential, the risks and regulatory challenges associated with new technologies and tools such as CRISPR/Cas.


Speakers (20 minutes each):

Dr. Wolfram Reichenbecher
Biotechnology Department, German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)
The need for proper risk assessment

Professor Dr. Katja Tielbörger
University of Tübingen, Germany
The introduction of new genotypes: the perspective of plant ecology & nature conservation

Dr. Katharina Kawall
Project Genetic Engineering and the Environment (FGU):
CRISPR/Cas applications and environmental risks: The case study of Camelina sativa

Dr. Michael Eckerstorfer
Land Use & Biosafety Unit, Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt)
A focused approach for risk assessment of genome edited plants

Astrid Österreicher, Testbiotech

The Audience:

The online seminar is aimed primarily at providing information to EU institutions, particularly the Members of Parliament and the Commission. Registration must be confirmed in order to participate in the seminar.


Selected publications:

Eckerstorfer MF, Dolezel M, Heissenberger A, Miklau M, Reichenbecher W, Steinbrecher RA, Wassmann F (2019) An EU perspective on biosafety considerations for plants developed by genome editing and other new genetic modification techniques (nGMs). Front Bioeng Biotechnol 7:31.

Kawall K (2021) Genome edited Camelina sativa with a unique fatty acid content and its potential impact on ecosystems, Environ Sci Eur 33(1):1-12.

Testbiotech (2020) Why ‘New GE’ needs to be regulated, Frequently Asked Questions on ‘New Genetic Engineering’ and technical backgrounds for CRISPR & Co.