October 8, 2019
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Conversations on Science, Society & the Future of Gene Editing
CRISPRcon is a unique forum bringing diverse voices together to discuss the future of CRISPR and related gene editing technologies across a variety of applications in agriculture, health, conservation, and more. CRISPRcon sparks curiosity, builds understanding, and highlights societal histories and other context relevant to decisions on gene editing technologies.
CRISPRcon is a program of Keystone Policy Center. CRISPRcon Midwest will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
To view information from CRISPRcon 2019 in Wageningen, The Netherlands, click here.
To view information from CRISPRcon 2018 in Boston, MA, click here.
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Registration Opens; Coffee and Networking
Welcome and Introductions
Panel Discussion What’s at Stake? The Promise and Perils of Gene Editing CRISPR and other gene editing technologies could have significant impacts for our food, health, and ecosystems. As we contemplate the future of gene editing, what is at stake in using — and not using — these technologies?
Keynote A Conversation on CRISPR Science and Communications This interview with a CRISPR researcher and a science communications expert will explore current developments in the gene editing field, the role of scientists in societal debate, public attitudes toward gene editing, and the future of science-society engagement.
Lightning Presentation CRISPR and Human Blindness These quick presentations from public- and private-sector researchers will provide more context about gene editing with insights on possible applications, public attitudes, and relevant legal frameworks.
Panel Discussion Gene Editing, Human Health, and Genetic Variability What are critical societal considerations for whether and how to proceed with various applications of gene editing in human health? In particular, how might gene editing lead to more equitable health outcomes – and how might genomic medicine worsen societal treatment of human differences and variabilities?
Lunch and Ideas Marketplace These participant-led roundtable discussions on societal aspects of gene editing include a broad range of perspectives and interests from weapons of mass destruction and agricultural commodities to indigenous bio-banking and conservation genetics.
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Keynote Science and Society – But What if We’re Wrong? Chuck Klosterman is the best-selling author of eight nonfiction books (most notably “Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs” and “But What If We’re Wrong?”) and three works of fiction (most recently the short story collection “Raised in Captivity”). He has written for the Washington Post, The New York Times, SPIN, Esquire, GQ, The Guardian, The Believer, Billboard, The Onion's A.V. Club, and ESPN, and he served as The Ethicist for The New York Times Magazine for three years. He is a native of North Dakota and currently lives in Portland with his wife and two kids.
Lightning Presentation CRISPR and Animal Agriculture These quick presentations from public- and private-sector researchers will provide more context about gene editing with insights on possible applications, public attitudes, and relevant legal frameworks.
Panel Discussion Gene Editing, Agriculture and Sustainability How do we define sustainability in agriculture? How does gene editing fit into environmental, social, and economic contexts and considerations for sustainability? How might gene editing make agriculture more or less sustainable?
Presentation Public Attitudes Toward Gene Editing
Lightning Presentation CRISPR and Intellectual Property Law These quick presentations from public- and private-sector researchers will provide more context about gene editing with insights on possible applications, public attitudes, and relevant legal frameworks.
Panel Discussion Who Owns Gene Editing? How might gene editing lead to increased concentration of intellectual property or greater access to and democratization of technology? How could different forms of ownership and control of genetic technologies and genomic information benefit or harm society? If more people can use gene editing, is that risky… or helpful?
Closing Remarks and Reception
CRISPRcon Midwest is being hosted by University of Wisconsin – Madison. Programming will take place in the Discovery Building at 330 N. Orchard Street, Madison WI 53715.
Parking fills up quickly on campus, so we recommend taking public transit or a shared ride service. Details on parking, bus routes, and bicycle routes can be found at the Discovery Building’s website.
There are many lodging options in the area. Nearby hotels include:
Hotel Red (3-star hotel)
1501 Monroe Street
Madison WI 53711
Hotel Red is 0.6 miles from the conference. Rooms start at $169.
Doubletree by Hilton Madison (3-star hotel)
525 W. Johnson Street
Madison WI 53703
The Doubletree is 0.7 miles from the conference. Rooms start at $205.
Graduate Madison (3-star hotel)
601 Langdon Street
Madison WI 53703
The Graduate Madison is 0.8 miles from the conference. Rooms start at $219.
The Edgewater (4-star hotel)
1001 Wisconsin Avenue
Madison WI 53703
The Edgewater is 1.2 miles from the conference. Rooms start at $199.
Please contact Brianna Brumbaugh, Program Coordinator, if you have questions regarding lodging or travel logistics. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: (202) 618-6664
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CRISPRcon’s multi-stakeholder advisory council guides CRISPRcon’s vision, mission, and implementation. Click here to view the current advisory council.
CRISPRcon welcomes sponsorship from organizations, businesses, foundations, universities, NGOs, and others interested in supporting the CRISPRcon mission to create a unique forum of diverse perspectives on gene editing across a variety of applications. Funding supports program development and direct costs associated with the event including speaker support to enable diverse participation. CRISPRcon is a nonprofit event. Irrespective of funding source, Keystone Policy Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is committed to independently managing CRISPRcon’s development in service to its mission. Keystone operates under a statement of independence to serve all of its project participants and does not advocate for any specific or general uses of CRISPR or other gene-editing technologies.
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CRISPRcon is a program of Keystone Policy Center. Keystone is a nationally recognized nonprofit working to bring diverse perspectives to bear in helping leaders, stakeholders, and communities reach common higher ground on society’s most challenging issues. Keystone manages overall development of CRISPRcon programming, planning, and fundraising. Keystone operates under a statement of independence to serve all of its project participants and does not take a position of advocacy on any specific or general use of CRISPR and other gene-editing technologies.
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