Holistic Foundations for
Assessment and Regulation of
Genetic Engineering and Genetically
by the Norwegian Institute of Gene Ecology in collaboration with the New Zealand
Institute of Gene Ecology, Third World Network, and University of
Date: 4-13 August
Venue: University of Tromso, Tromso,
A brief overview of genomes, genes and gene expression.
is genetic engineering, who does it, who is concerned and why.
second and future generations of genetic engineering
sequencing, bioinformatics and functional genomics (FUGE).
ecology and horizontal gene transfer: are present scientific approaches
various application areas for genetic engineering and
various risk areas connected to GE/GMO applications.
legal, ethical, cultural, social, political aspects of GE/GMO
issues, including capacity building and implementation of the various aspects
(scientific, enforcement, educational, legal).
to GE/GMO applications, gene ecology.
dramatic progress in molecular biology, genetics and recombinant DNA techniques
that took place in the twentieth century paved the way for genetic engineering
(GE) and its various applications. But this has also clearly demonstrated the
lack of basic scientific knowledge necessary to perform credible biological risk
assessments. In addition, understanding concerning the policy, legal,
regulatory, ethical, economic and social dimensions is also
Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety seeks
to protect biological diversity from the potential risks posed by “living
modified organisms” resulting from modern biotechnology/genetic engineering.
National implementation of biosafety
regulation is now the focus of policy makers, regulators, scientists, NGOs and
civil society alike. Details of scientific and socio-economic biosafety issues,
including risk assessment and risk management, are an important priority in
national regulations and laws as well as in the further development of the
Biosafety Protocol and in biosafety developments in other
course is designed to provide high-level policy makers,
regulators and scientists,
specifically from developing countries, including less
developed countries and countries with economies in transition, and NGOs/civil society with knowledge and training in crucial
GE/GMO issues. Through lectures, laboratory demonstrations, group work on case
studies, and discussions, we will offer biosafety capacity building within a
will also be required to submit a GE/GMO/biosafety country
course will be followed up by local/regional courses organized by the course
alumni and an alumni network for continued exchange of information and new
course is part of a larger biosafety capacity building programme.
and resource persons include:
Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, General Manager, Environment Protection
Tauli-Corpuz, Director, Tebtebba Foundation (Indigenous Peoples’ International
Centre for Policy Research and Education), Philippines
Khor, Director, Third World Network, Malaysia
Terje Traavik, Scientific Director, Norwegian Institute of Gene Ecology, Norway
Jack Heinemann, Director, New Zealand Institute of Gene Ecology and Associate
Professor, Department of Plant
and Microbial Sciences,
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Joanna Goven, Department of Political Science, University of Canterbury, New
Eric J. Stanbridge, Professor, Department
of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, University of California, Irvine
College of Medicine,
Kaare Nielsen, Associate Professor, University of Tromso,
Anne I. Myhr, Post. Doc., Norwegian Institute of Gene Ecology,
and selection process
application form must be filled in, where the applicant must provide information
about the type/level of position they are holding, and state the basis for their
interest in the course. In addition, a brief CV needs to be included.
working language of the course will be English only, and as such, applicants
should be able to work sufficiently well in English.
will be given to applicants from developing countries, including less developed
countries and countries with economies in transition. Gender and regional
criteria may be used in the selection of participants.
are due by May 26, 2003.
sponsorship will be given to 40 successful applicants. Priority will be
given to applicants from developing countries, including less developed
countries and countries with economies in transition. The sponsorship will
cover curricular materials, travel, accommodation and meals.
non-sponsored participants will have to pay a course fee of US $800, which
includes curricular materirals, lunch (9 days), 3 dinners and social
activities. Non-sponsored participants will also have to pay for their
travel, accommodation (approx US790 for 11 nights), and other meals.
Glad, Norwegian Institute of Gene Ecology
N-9037 Tromso, Norway.
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