Who should attend?

  •   • Scientists who are using gene editing or advanced molecular genetics tools to improve agriculture in India
  •   • Science communicators who are using new tools and approaches to communicate about agriculture and biotechnologies
  •   • Regulators and other stakeholders interested in advancing gene editing in India
  •   • Women and early career professionals are strongly encouraged to attend

  • Course Themes

  •   • The Science of Gene Editing. What is gene editing and how does it compare to other breeding methods, including genetic engineering? What are the latest developments? What is in the pipeline in India and elsewhere?
  •   • The Regulatory & Policy Environments in India and globally. What is the international conversation around oversight of gene edited agricultural products? How are gene edited products being regulated in different countries? How gene edited products might be regulated in India? Will we have the legal license to edit in India?
  •   • How do we effectively communicate about gene editing?

  • Learning Outcomes

  •   • Participants understand the latest technical developments in genome editing as pertains to crops and agriculture, including latest developments in the Indian context
  •   • Participants understand legal and policy choke points and opportunities and know how to engage to endure science-based decision making
  •   • Participants become more effective communicators of the gains from gene editing

  • Core Faculty

  • Matthew R. Willmann

    Matthew Willmann is the director of the Plant Transformation Facility at Cornell University. He has 25 years of plant science research experience, having studied in several fields, including plant transformation and genome editing, plant pathology, plant development, plant small RNA biology, and plant genomics. At his facility he conducts research to develop transformation protocols for previously untransformed plants and methods for transgene-free CRISPR/Cas9 genome-editing.
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  • Gregory Jaffe

    Gregory Jaffe is the Associate Director of legal affairs at Alliance for Science and also the director of the Project on Biotechnology for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a nonprofit consumer organization located in the United States. He is a recognized international expert on agricultural biotechnology and biosafety and has published numerous articles and reports on those topics.
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  • Sarah Evanega

    Sarah Evanega is the PI and Director for the Cornell Alliance for Science—a global communications effort that promotes evidence-based decision-making in agriculture. She teaches courses on agricultural biotechnology at the graduate and undergraduate level. In addition, she serves as Senior Associate Director of International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and holds an adjunct appointment in the Section of Plant Breeding & Genetics in the integrated School of Plant Sciences at Cornell.
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  • Agenda

    Day 1, February 25
    Session Topic
    Morning Session   • Introduction to Science Communication (Dr. Evanega, lead)
      • The Science of Gene Editing (Dr. Willmann, lead)
    Afternoon Session   • Gene Editing for Crop Improvement (Dr. Willmann, lead)
      • How Gene Editing Could Benefit India (Guest Speaker, TBD)
    Day 2, February 26
    Session Topic
    Morning Session   • Biosafety and Gene Editing Regulation (Jaffe, J.D., lead)
    Afternoon Session   • Exploring the Gene Editing Media Landscape (Dr. Evanega, lead)
    Day 3, February 27
    Time Module
    Morning Session   •    How is Plant Biotechnology Regulated in India? (Guest Speaker, TBD)
      •      Developing a Public Narrative and Key Messages (Dr. Evanega, lead)
    Afternoon Session   •    How to Engage Effectively with Media (practical exercise) (Dr. Evanega, lead)
    Day 4, February 28
    Time Module
    Morning Session   •   Think on Your Feet (gene editing communications role play exercise) (Jaffe, J.D. lead)
      •     Instructor Panel: “What is the future for gene editing and how do we get there?”       (Dr. Willmann, lead)
      •     Lunch with Certificate Ceremony

    About CSFD

    Cornell Sathguru Foundation for Development (CSFD) is a not-for-profit organization with a vision is to facilitate sustainable social development through life sciences and technology. In CSFD, the resources from Cornell University and Sathguru Management Consultants provide strategic support to public and private organizations to enhance their services and leveraging for public good.

    Delivered by : Alliance for Science
                                     Cornell-Sathguru Foundation for Development (CSFD)