7 July 2021. Post-COVID 19 Implications on Genetic Diversity and Genomics Research & Innovation: A Call for Governance and Research Capacity
This event presented the findings of an independent, multi-disciplinary group of scientists who, at a time of significant technological change and digitization in the biological sciences, and in the aftermath of COVID-19, have discussed ways to enable data mobilization and build fairness in the research collaboration and innovation ecosystem.
The group focused on new professional capacity to govern research and innovation at the meso-level to improve integration of macro-level policy and micro-level actions. As twin capacities, governance and research can reduce power differentials among diverse actors and support crisis-based imperatives for data openness. The group will also discuss how this holistic approach to capacity could build an evidence-based assessment of governance outcomes and improve the science-policy interface.
- Daniele Manzella, Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, FAO
- Sélim Louafi, Cirad, France
- Eric Welch, CSTEPS, ASU, USA
- Ndjido A. Kane, CERAAS, Senegal
- Elijane Ubalijoro, Future Earth, Global Hub Director, Canada; Executive Director, Sustainability in the Digital Age, Canada
- Catacora-Vargas, Bolivia
- David Castle, Univ of Victoria, Canada Georgina
- Darrell Sexstone, INTPA, EU Commission, Policy Officer for Agriculture Biodiversity, genetic resources and seed systems, Based in: Gambia
CSTEPS co-led research and development of a new white paper titled Post COVID-19 Implications for Genetic Diversity and Genomics Research &Innovation: A Call for Governance and Research Capacity. This white paper emerged from an independent expert consultation commissioned by the Secretariat of International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, with support from the Government of Italy.
The purpose of the consultation was to identify the lasting impacts and the institutional and policy implications of COVID-19 for genetic diversity and genomic research and innovation, with a special focus on open access, global equity and science capacity. The Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies at Arizona State University, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD) and Keystone Policy Center convened, led and facilitated the consultation.
You can read the entire white paper here.