Meeting: New breeding technologies in the plant sciences

Registration is now open for the meeting “New breeding technologies in the plant sciences – Applications and implications in genome editing”, which will be held 7–8 July 2017 in Gothenburg, Sweden. This is a satellite meeting to the SEB Gothenburg 2017 meeting.

Targeted genome engineering has been described as a “game-changing technology” for fields as diverse as human genetics and plant biotechnology. Novel techniques such as CRISPR-Cas9, Science’s 2015 Breakthrough of the Year, are revolutionizing scientific research, allowing the targeted and precise editing of genomes in ways that were not previously possible. Used alongside other tools and strategies, gene-editing technologies have the potential to help combat food and nutritional insecurity and assist in the transition to more sustainable food production systems. The application and use of these technologies is therefore a hot topic for a wide range of stakeholders including scientists, funders, regulators, policy makers and the public. Despite its potential, there are a number of challenges in the adoption and uptake of genome editing, which will be highlighted during this SEB satellite meeting.

This meeting should be of great interest to plant and crop scientists who are invested in the future of gene editing both on a practical and regulatory level. The meeting will provide a forum for debate around the broader policy issues whilst include opportunities for in-depth discussion regarding the techniques required to make this technology work in your own research.

Organisers:
Dr Ruth Bastow (Global Plant Council)
Dr Geraint Parry (GARNet)
Prof Stefan Jansson (Umeå University, Sweden)
Prof Barry Pogson, Australian National University, Australia

Register for the meeting at: http://www.sebiology.org/events/event/new-breeding-technologies-in-the-plant-sciences/registration