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vicki.thomson@adelaide.edu.au

08 8313 1466

9:00 AM November 22 - 5:00 PM November 23, 2018
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This conference presents an opportunity for researchers working on gene drives in Australia, New Zealand and internationally to meet with administrative and policy experts to discuss the impacts of gene drives, develop best practice/strategies to manage and mitigate the potential hazards involved, and disseminate this information to a broad and interested audience.

About the speakers

Philipp Messer

Population geneticist at Cornell

Philipp is interested in a broad range of questions in evolutionary biology and population genetics. A particular focus of his lab lies in studying cases of rapid adaptation that provide the opportunity to observe evolution in real-time and repeatedly.

Paul Thomas

Head of the Genome Editing Facility at the University of Adelaide

Paul's research focuses on the development of CRISPR/CAS9 genome editing technology for a range of applications including generation and analysis of mouse models for neurodevelopmental disorders and synthetic gene drives for invasive pest suppression.

Margaret Byrne

Director of the Science and Conservation Division, Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife

Margaret is the Director of the Science and Conservation Division where she is active in the interface between science and policy in biodiversity conservation and management.

Thomas Prowse

Mathematical ecologist

Thomas uses empirical analyses and computational modelling to address applied ecological questions in the fields of wildlife management, fisheries, conservation biology, invasion ecology and disease ecology.

Rachel Ankeny

Bioethicist

Rachel is an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar whose areas of expertise cross three fields: history/philosophy of science, bioethics and science policy, and food studies.

Schedule

Thursday 22nd November

9:00 am Keynote address by Sally Box

The Threatened Species Commissioner

9:30 am Plenary by Philipp Messer

Gene drive risks and safeguards

10:20 am Gene drive research talks on insects

Charles Robin (University of Melbourne – drosophila)

Morning tea (10:40–11:00 am)

11:00 am Gene drive and conservation research: mammals

James Russell (rodent work in New Zealand from ecological point of view)

Paul Thomas ‘Hype or hope: safe development of CRISPR gene drives in rodents’

12:00 pm Potential of gene drive technology in invasive species management

Mark Tizard (Project Leader of Australian Animal Health Lab, CSIRO)

Lunch (12:40–1:40pm)

1:40 pm Gene drive modeling

Thomas Prowse 'Engineered gene drives for suppressing or eradicating vertebrate pest populations'

2:10 pm Risk Assessment of gene drives

Keith Hayes (CSIRO Biosecurity Flagship)

Afternoon tea (2:50–3:15 pm)

3:15 pm Discussion of gene drive risks and safeguards in practice

FACILITATED DISCUSSION – led by Keith Hayes

Extrinsic confinement methods in practice

Barrier confinement

Ecological confinement

Intrinsic confinement methods in practice

Reproductive confinement

Molecular confinement

23rd November 2018

9:00 am Information sharing between groups

FACILITATED DISCUSSION – led by Phill Cassey

10:00 am Identification of experiments and data needed to get to field trial

FACILITATED DISCUSSION – led by Paul Thomas

Morning tea (11:00–11:20 am)

11:20 am Regulatory engagement

Owain Edwards ‘Proactive engagement of Australia regulators in gene drive technology development’

Peter Thygesen (OGTR) Regulatory Framework and risk assessment for GMOs

FACILITATED DISCUSSION – led by Peter Thygesen

Lunch (12:40–1:40 pm)

1:40 pm Stakeholder and community engagement

Margaret Byrne (Executive Director, Biodiversity and Conservation Science, WA)

Rachel Ankeny (Uni of Adelaide – Social science)

FACILITATED DISCUSSION – led by Rachel Ankeny

Afternoon tea (3:00–3:15 pm)

3:15 pm Australasian working group

Facilitated discussion about future direction and issues. Expressions of interest for an Australasian gene drive working group to continue to inform regulators and shape engagement strategies.

The Shine Dome,15 Gordon Street Australian Capital Territory false DD/MM/YYYY

Contact Information

vicki.thomson@adelaide.edu.au

08 8313 1466

9:00 AM November 22 - 5:00 PM November 23, 2018

Fenner conference on the environment: The use of gene drive technology in conservation

This conference presents an opportunity for researchers working on gene drives in Australia, New Zealand and internationally to meet with administrative and policy experts to discuss the impacts of gene drives, develop best practice/strategies to manage and mitigate the potential hazards involved, and disseminate this information to a broad and interested audience.

About the speakers

Philipp Messer

Population geneticist at Cornell

Philipp is interested in a broad range of questions in evolutionary biology and population genetics. A particular focus of his lab lies in studying cases of rapid adaptation that provide the opportunity to observe evolution in real-time and repeatedly.

Paul Thomas

Head of the Genome Editing Facility at the University of Adelaide

Paul's research focuses on the development of CRISPR/CAS9 genome editing technology for a range of applications including generation and analysis of mouse models for neurodevelopmental disorders and synthetic gene drives for invasive pest suppression.

Margaret Byrne

Director of the Science and Conservation Division, Western Australian Department of Parks and Wildlife

Margaret is the Director of the Science and Conservation Division where she is active in the interface between science and policy in biodiversity conservation and management.

Thomas Prowse

Mathematical ecologist

Thomas uses empirical analyses and computational modelling to address applied ecological questions in the fields of wildlife management, fisheries, conservation biology, invasion ecology and disease ecology.

Rachel Ankeny

Bioethicist

Rachel is an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar whose areas of expertise cross three fields: history/philosophy of science, bioethics and science policy, and food studies.

Schedule

Thursday 22nd November

9:00 am Keynote address by Sally Box

The Threatened Species Commissioner

9:30 am Plenary by Philipp Messer

Gene drive risks and safeguards

10:20 am Gene drive research talks on insects

Charles Robin (University of Melbourne – drosophila)

Morning tea (10:40–11:00 am)

11:00 am Gene drive and conservation research: mammals

James Russell (rodent work in New Zealand from ecological point of view)

Paul Thomas ‘Hype or hope: safe development of CRISPR gene drives in rodents’

12:00 pm Potential of gene drive technology in invasive species management

Mark Tizard (Project Leader of Australian Animal Health Lab, CSIRO)

Lunch (12:40–1:40pm)

1:40 pm Gene drive modeling

Thomas Prowse 'Engineered gene drives for suppressing or eradicating vertebrate pest populations'

2:10 pm Risk Assessment of gene drives

Keith Hayes (CSIRO Biosecurity Flagship)

Afternoon tea (2:50–3:15 pm)

3:15 pm Discussion of gene drive risks and safeguards in practice

FACILITATED DISCUSSION – led by Keith Hayes

Extrinsic confinement methods in practice

Barrier confinement

Ecological confinement

Intrinsic confinement methods in practice

Reproductive confinement

Molecular confinement

23rd November 2018

9:00 am Information sharing between groups

FACILITATED DISCUSSION – led by Phill Cassey

10:00 am Identification of experiments and data needed to get to field trial

FACILITATED DISCUSSION – led by Paul Thomas

Morning tea (11:00–11:20 am)

11:20 am Regulatory engagement

Owain Edwards ‘Proactive engagement of Australia regulators in gene drive technology development’

Peter Thygesen (OGTR) Regulatory Framework and risk assessment for GMOs

FACILITATED DISCUSSION – led by Peter Thygesen

Lunch (12:40–1:40 pm)

1:40 pm Stakeholder and community engagement

Margaret Byrne (Executive Director, Biodiversity and Conservation Science, WA)

Rachel Ankeny (Uni of Adelaide – Social science)

FACILITATED DISCUSSION – led by Rachel Ankeny

Afternoon tea (3:00–3:15 pm)

3:15 pm Australasian working group

Facilitated discussion about future direction and issues. Expressions of interest for an Australasian gene drive working group to continue to inform regulators and shape engagement strategies.

The Shine Dome,15 Gordon Street Australian Capital Territory

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