How does politics affect research and innovation in the life sciences, and why is it useful to get a better understanding of this?
Biotechnology: Exploring the Political Realm
How does politics affect research and innovation in the life sciences, and why is it useful to get a better understanding of this? In tonight’s session, Huib de Vriend (consultant on responsible research and innovation in the life sciences and former member of The Netherlands Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM)) gives you more insight into how the political sphere is shaping the development and societal application of bio-innovations. How can we for instance understand why regulation surrounding biotechnology/CRISPR-Cas differs considerably from region to region? How do policies in this field come about?
About Huib de Vriend
Huib de Vriend studied land and water management at Wageningen University (1985). As biotechnology policy officer for national and international consumer organisations (1991-2004) he was involved in EU policy making on GMO regulation (food safety, consumer choice and labelling). From 2005 on, he worked as independent consultant for LIS Consult, focusing on responsible innovation in life sciences. During his professional career he was involved in communication activities and stakeholder dialogue in several projects.
As a member of the subcommittee on ethics and societal aspects of the Commission on Genetic Modification (2003-2017) he contributed to several publications setting out ways to facilitate a decision-making process, which systematically takes the various arguments into account.