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Gene editing using CRISPR-Cas9: from science to society

10 September 2019 | Auditorium Corino de Andrade, i3S


This open scientific meeting is part of IMGENE, a Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) European Training Network (ETN) focusing on improving genome editing efficiency. Reflecting the width of the project, the meeting addresses scientific and technological as well as societal and regulatory aspects of genome editing.

Our ambition has been to put together a program for academics and other professionals with an interest in the issue. The morning session entitled Optimising methodology and overcoming obstacles in applications of CRISPR-Cas9 across model systems is aimed especially for scientists who are using or planning to use CRISPR-Cas9 in their research. We hope that not only these scientists but indeed the wider academic community will find the afternoon session Regulation and governance of gene editing relevant.


The Organizing Committee
Anna Olsson, Pedro Dias Ramos and José Bessa



09:00 Opening of the session on science and technology
Cord Brakebuschv

09:10 Cracking the vertebrate transcriptional regulatory code using CRISPR
José Bessa

10-10.30 Coffee break

10.30 Expanding gene-editing tool delivery and targeting range in human cells
Manuel Gonçalves

11.20 CRISPR off-targets: How to evaluate and avoid them
Pinar Akcakaya

12.10 Poster pitch talks IMGENE students:
Minyan Li, Sandra Wimberger, Nadja Bischoff, Seren Necla Sevim, Antonio Carusillo, Linn Syding, Pedro Ramos, Francesca Tasca

12.45-14.30 Lunch (not included) + poster session 

14.30 Opening of the session on ethical, societal and regulatory issues
Anna Olsson

14.40 Adapting today’s regulatory systems to the needs of tomorrow’s innovative technologies
Joyce Tait (conference call)

15.30 Title to be confirmed
Ana Sofia Carvalho

16.20-16.50 Coffee break

16.50 Crispr creations: meaningful misunderstandings of hackers, artists and designers appropriating gene-editing techniques.
Lucas Evers


17.40 General discussion

18.00 Wine and cheese


Registration is free, but mandatory.
Registration deadline: 5 September 2019


Registrations are closed.