The programme for the International Workshop ‘Assessing the security implications of genome editing technology’, jointly organised by IAP, EASAC, the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) and the German National Academy of Sciences, Leopoldina, is available for download here. The event took place in Hanover, Germany, on 11-13 October, and is being supported financially by the Volkswagen Foundation and the Moore Foundation.
Several recent publications underline the topicality of responsible research practices in the fast evolving fields of genome editing and synthetic biology. The Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences have released a brochure on 'Misuse potential and biosecurity in life sciences research', where security-related risks of life science research are addressed, while the Australian Academy of Science has released a discussion paper on synthetic gene drives in Australia, which examines the potential benefits and risks of gene editing technology.
Also on this theme, IAP recently joined with TWAS and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to host the second 'Workshop on Policy and Diplomacy for Scientists: Introduction to responsible research practices in chemical and biochemical sciences’, held on 12-14 September in Trieste, Italy. (The first such workshop was hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa in October 2016).
IAP has also joined with the US NASEM to coordinate a series of regional workshops for scientists being organized by the secretariat of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC). The first of these was held in Kiev, Ukraine, on 21-22 September, while the second will be held in Jordan, possibly in January 2018.