KNAW Symposium

Genetic Modification: Friend or Foe?

15 April 2014 from 13:30 to 17:00 hrs
KNAW, Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
+31 20 551 0727
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Proponents of genetic modification assert that it can provide the growing human population with a sufficient quantity of safe and sustainably produced food and other products. However, these claims are often questioned. A recent report by the European Academies (EASAC) – Planting the future – outlines the opportunities and challenges presented by crop genetic improvement technologies.

This mini-symposium will highlight this report and put it into perspective. How real are the alleged advantages of modern genetic technologies?

The symposium honours Rudy Rabbinge, Departing Chair of the Academy’s Council for Earth and Life Sciences.

With the participation of renowned experts in the field:

  • David Lawlor, former Rothamsted Research (United Kingdom)
  • Jos van der Meer, President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC)
  • Rudy Rabbinge, Departing Chair of the Academy’s Council for Earth and Life Sciences
  • Dale Sanders, Director of the John Innes Centre, Norwich (United Kingdom)
  • Joachim Schiemann, Head of the Julius Kühn-Institut, Quedlinburg (Germany)

Panel discussion led by Martijn Katan, Emeritus Professor of Nutrition, VU University Amsterdam, with panelists:

  • Ton Bisseling, Professor of Molecular Biology (Wageningen University and Research Centre)
  • Michel Haring, Professor of Plant Physiology (University of Amsterdam)
  • Evert Jacobsen, Professor of Plant Breeding (Wageningen University and Research Centre)
  • Bert Lotz, Head of Team Applied Ecology, Plant Research International (Wageningen University and Research Centre)