NZIAHS Canterbury Forum – Gene Editing

Stewart 1, Lincoln University

Tuesday 1st September 2020 – 9.00am to 12.30pm

The topic of the half-day forum ‘Gene Editing’ has been chosen because the report from the Royal Society Expert Panel on Gene Editing recommended that there was an ‘urgent need for wide and well-informed discussion and debate about gene editing’. Since the release of that report, the issue seems to have ‘gone quiet’, and there appears to be very little indication of where we might go from here. We are looking to take the next step – how might we start to think about the use of this technology in the future?

The morning session will cover how and why we might use gene editing technology in plants, animals and pests, while the political forum in the afternoon will allow representatives from various political parties to discuss their science and agriculture policies prior to the General Election on Saturday 19th September 2020. 

Political Forum

1.00pm to 3.00pm (free event)

Each of the Political Parties will discuss their policy on agricultural and horticultural science. They will each be given three pre-circulated questions (one question on Gene Editing) and then 10 minutes uninterrupted time to present their science policies. Then the debate will be thrown open to the floor for questions.