The scientific community has handed the world an incredible tool: the ability to make precise edits to the DNA in living cells. These technologies could allow us to transform our food, health and ecological systems. They also raise important questions about risks, benefits, ethics, equity and more.
CRISPRcon, a program of Keystone Policy Center, advances broad dialogue across gene editing applications on whether and how these technologies should make the transition from the lab into society at large. CRISPRcon brings together a range of interests and perspectives on science, farming, environmental protection, animal health, disease and vector control, patient advocacy, disability rights, racial justice, indigenous cultures, religion, science communications, environmental protection, regulatory systems, community and intergenerational engagement and more. It features a dynamic, diverse, and provocative lineup of panels, keynotes, interactive discussions and networking opportunities that consider gene editing across a variety of applications, disciplines, geographies, communities, and cultures.
CRISPRcon launched in 2017 at UC Berkeley and returned in 2018 hosted by the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT with program development partnership from the Personal Genetics Education Project (pgEd) of the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School.
In 2019, the Keystone Policy Center facilitated the first CRISPRcon outside of the United States as the annual an event was hosted by the Wageningen University and Research in Wageningen, Netherlands. Keystone will also hold the first regional event, CRISPRcon Midwest, at the University of Madison – Wisconsin on October 8.
CRISPRcon is also piloting an ‘inspired by CRISPRcon’ model to support independent organizers who want to create a CRISPRcon-like event in their own communities; this model was piloted by the University of Tsukuba in Japan in September 2018.
Visit crisprcon.org to learn more, watch video from past events, and register for upcoming events.