CRISPRcon 2019 - Conversations on science, society and the future of gene editing

CRISPRcon creates a forum in which a broad selection of diverse voices come together to talk about the future of CRISPR and related gene editing technologies across a variety of applications in agriculture, health, conservation and more.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research

Thu 20 June 2019 until Fri 21 June 2019

Venue Orion, building number 103

CRISPRcon 2019 is a program of Keystone Policy Center and will be hosted by Wageningen University & Research.

What is CRISPR-Cas?

CRISPR-Cas is a new technology that makes it possible to change genetic material from viruses, bacteria, cells, plants and animals in a relatively simple, very accurate and efficient way. This technology can make an enormous contribution to the quality of our environment, our health, agriculture and economy. At the same time there are concerns regarding ethical aspects, integrity of life, unfair distribution of property, security and who benefits.

What is our aim at CRISPRcon?

The aim of CRISPRcon is to stimulate open dialogue about precisely these aspects: exchanging opinions, visions and concerns. The conference is aimed at the largest possible cross-section of society. Wageningen University & Research hosts this dialogue and underlines the importance of an open dialogue about the CRISPR technique. At the event, you can join sessions on several aspects of gene editing.


  • Panel 1: Personal Reflections: The Promise and Perils of Gene Editing
  • Panel 2: CRISPR Cures: Gene Editing in Personal and Public Health
  • Panel 3: The Evolution of Innovation: What Drives Societal Embrace or Rejection of Emerging Technologies?
  • Panel 4: Growing for Good?: Gene Editing and Agriculture
  • Panel 5: Double Helixes and the Circular Economy: Gene Editing and Environmental Stewardship
  • Panel 6: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility: Globalization, Governance and Power

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