Assessing the Security Implications of Genome Editing Technology

Begin: Oct 11 '17, 1:00 pm | End: Oct 13 '17, 4:00 pm | Schloss Herrenhausen
professional audience

This International Workshop aims at evaluating current evidence for the nature and likelihood of genome editing risks and exploring potential for future developments and options for governance strategies. From October 11-13, 2017, it brings together international experts in genetic engineering, security studies and public policy at Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover. Travel Grants available!

New genome editing technologies and their potential applications fuel debates about their utility and safety among publics, scientists, and policy makers. (Picture: Blablo101 – Shutterstock)

The academies of science, including the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC), the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), and the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, are convening an international workshop of experts in genetic engineering, security studies and public policy. This workshop will examine the latest advances in genome editing and analyse current and potential applications in a wide range of organisms such as microbes, plants, animals and humans. Participants will also address the debates about their potential risks and misuse. The need for international dialogue is particularly important because of the rapid development and wide-spread use of genome editing tools, such as the CRISPR-Cas9 system, in countries with various, sometimes divergent, regulations and governance of research. The project will explore near- middle- and long-term security concerns - relating to intentional misuse - that may arise from these applications and discuss technical, operational, regulatory and governance strategies that may aid the scientific and security communities in preventing or mitigating those security concerns. A report summarising the workshop discussions will be published jointly by the academies.

International Workshop "Assessing the Security Implications of Genome Editing Technology"
October 11 - 13, 2017
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany


The program will be published as soon as all speakers and chairs have confirmed their participation.


There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential. If you would like to attend the workshop, please register by clicking on the registration link in the column on the right.


The conference language is English.

Travel Grants 

The Volkswagen Foundation offers travel grants for PhD students or early Post Docs (max. 5 years since PhD) researching on genome engineering or biosecurity and analysing current and potential applications in organisms such as microbes, plants, animals or humans. Applicants can win one of 20 travel grants to take part in the international workshop in Hanover, Germany. Successful applicants will get the chance to present their research in a Poster Session and/or Lightning Talk. The posters will be displayed during the entire workshop. The grants include travel expenses to and from Hanover, visa fees (if applicable), as well as accommodation in Hanover (excl. cab fares, parking, food and beverages while travelling as well as poster printing costs). 

Applicants are required to apply until June 15th, 2017 by using the application form

Venue and Public Transport

The international workshop is held at Herrenhausen Palace, a modern conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at "Herrenhäuser Gärten".

Accommodation for Participants

Please note that you are responsible for booking your accommodation. As Hannover is a city that hosts many fairs, we recommend booking a hotel as soon as you register.


Please cancel your registration if you cannot attend the workshop. We have a waiting list for the meeting and can offer your place to another person if you cannot attend. Simply use the registration tool to cancel or send us an email.