The German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina held its 2017 Annual Assembly in Halle (Saale) 22-23 September, with this year’s theme ‘Genome Editing: Challenges for the Future’. The event saw distinguished international scientists come together to address new molecular biological methods that enable targeted genetic interventions. At the heart of the lectures and discussions were the ethical, legal and technological questions surrounding genome editing. Participants also discussed the use of genome editing techniques in plants and animals and in the context of human therapies.
Samuel Myers has been invited to present the 2017 Academy of Medical Sciences and The Lancet International Health Lecture in London on 13 November. Myers, Senior Research Scientist at Harvard T.H Chan of School of Public Health and Director of the Planetary Health Alliance, will speak on ‘Planetary Health: Protecting Global Health on a Rapidly Changing Planet’. Places can be booked here. The lecture will also be live-broadcast over the internet.
Following a Science-Business-Dialogue conference on 5-7 December 2016 in Pretoria, South Africa, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) in collaboration with the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina will be hosting an international conference on Sustainable Use of Abandoned Mines in the SADC Region on 28-30 November 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference will explore innovative approaches towards ensuring sustainable use of abandoned mines which, as legacy sites, frequently place a significant long-term economic and ecological burden on affected societies and environments. A particular focus will be placed on the use of closed mines to store and produce renewable energy and other innovative ways of remediation through turning potential liabilities into future assets.