19 June 2015. Gent, Belgium. Towards a generic market for genetically modified crops – Potential for emerging and developing economies.
Genetically Modified (GM) crops were commercially cultivated on over 180 M Ha in 2014, by both small and large-scale farmers. Since 2012, over half of the GM crops are cultivated in emerging and developing countries. Commercialized GM crops are protected by Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and governed by comprehensive (inter)national biosafety regulations.
- Welcome and opening remarks Ivan Ingelbrecht, International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO), VIB-UGent, Belgium
- Science, technology, society and the environment Marc Van Montagu, International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO), VIB-UGent, Belgium
- Challenges and opportunities for a generic market for GM crops in Africa Diran Makinde, African Biosafety Network of Expertise, AU-NEPAD, Burkina Faso
- Intellectual property and other legal challenges in accessing and using off-patent transgenic events Philippe Dumont, Association Française des Biotechnologies Végétales, France
- Handling regulatory issues of off-patent GM crops Patrick Rüdelsheim, Perseus BVBA, Belgium
- Stewardships and integrated pest management for generic GM crops Georges Freyssinet, Independent Consultant Plant Biotechnologies, France
- Challenges in the commercialization of generic GM products Tom Carrato, Biotech Solutions, LLC, USA
- Perspective UN Industrial Development Organization Yvonne Lokko, Industrial Resource Efficiency Unit, United Nations, Industrial Development Organization, Austria
This international e-learning course is organized in cooperation with UNIDO as part of their e-Biosafety network and aims at training scientists and law specialists in biosafety expertise and evaluation both at governmental and industrial level. The course combines distance learning with on campus training at Ghent University.