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As part of the GEPES (Genome Editing Public Engagement Synergy) programme the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement in UK is convening an online international symposium focusing on public engagement with genome editing on 21st November. Emma Martinez, project officer for open experiments and co-creation in the ORION project is one of the speakers. 

The event will take place on the 21st November 2018 starting at 8.45am GMT and will finish at 11.00am GMT. With speakers and participants to provide input from different regions of the world, including Europe, South America, Australia and China. The event will explore questions such as:

  • What are we learning from public engagement in different contexts? What are the challenges? 
  • What resources are being used? What is useful? 
  • What is the role of public engagement in different countries, and how might this affect regulation, research and the practice of engagement?

Speakers are: 

  • Sarah Chan, University of Edinburgh Sarah has a wide interest in the ethics of medical research including stem cells, embryo research and reproductive medicine. Human enhancement, gene therapy and genetic modification, along with animal ethics and research ethics, are also areas of study.
  • Sophie Duncan, National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement Sophie Duncan is the Deputy Director of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE), which support universities to engage with the public. A physicist, she has worked for a range of organisations committed to engaging the public including the Science Museum in London, Science Year and the BBC.
  • Emma Martinez Sanchez, Babraham Institute PhD Emma works on the ORION Open Science project looking at co-creating new value for fundamental biomedical research using genome editing as a case study. Emma has a wide interest and experience in engagement and communications about research topics in the interface with society.
  • Bronwyn Terrill, Garvan Institute of Medical Research Bronwyn is a science communicator, educator, researcher and writer working primarily with the Kinghorn Centre for Clinical Genomics. She is responsible for planning and developing a strategic program to engage public and professional audiences in genomic medicine.
  • Joy Y. Zhang, SSPSSR, University of Kent. Joy Y. Zhang is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at SSPSSR, University of Kent. Originally trained as a medical doctor, her research investigates the transnational governance of scientific uncertainty, with a focus on the Sino-European context. Her work on the governance of stem cell research, synthetic biology, environmental science and GM technologies has fed into the policy making of the Royal Society in the UK and China’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, and Ministry of Science and Technology.

More information

This is an online international symposium which will take place through 'bluejeans'. To use bluejeans you will require – an internet connection, webcam and speaker/microphone or a headset. Further details will be provided prior to the event on the NCCEP website.

Please register for the event via the NCCPE website by Wednesday the 7th November, 2018.