Advancing the Understanding of Biosafety

Social Sustainability and Biological Safety

Scientific Findings, Policy Reactions & Public Participation

Co-organisers: Third World Network (TWN); Federation of German Scientists (Vereinigung Deutscher Wissenschaftler, VDW)

Endorsed by: European Environment Agency (EEA), International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES), Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad (UCCS)

Financial support by: EMstitut, Germany; Fondation pour le Progrès de l'Homme (FPH), France; GLS Bank, Germany; Manfred Hermsen Stiftung (MHS), Germany; Japan Citizens' Network for Planet Diversity (JCNPD), Japan; Software AG Stiftung (SAGST), Germany; Third World Network (TWN), Malaysia; Zukunftsstiftung Landwirtschaft (ZSL), Germany

Lectures & Articles

Oct 7 (14:00) - Opening Session

Welcome and introduction

Prof. Yoshitsugu Hayashi (Nagoya University, Graduate School of Environmental Sciences &Chair of Academic Advisory Group to the Aichi Nagoya COP10 CBD Promotion Committee), Japan

Lim Li Ching (Third World Network), Malaysia

Dr. Angelika Hilbeck (ENSSER Chairperson &ETH Zürich), Switzerland

Oct 7 (14:45) - Key Note Lectures

    Outlook on the Fifth Meeting of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (MOP5)
    Christine von Weizsäcker (VDW), Germany
    (text of lecture)
    Maize Native Landraces, Transgenic Maize, Food Security and Cultural Conflicts in México
    Prof. Antonio Turrent Fernández (INIFAP & UCCS), Mexico
    (short paper EN  JP)
    India's Bt Brinjal: From the Supreme Court to Science in Public Debate
    Aruna Rodrigues (Petitioner at the Supreme Court), India
    (short paper  EN  JP)
    Assessing Systemic Risks - A Holistic Concept
    Dr. Broder Breckling (University of Vechta), Germany
    (short paper  EN  JP)

Oct 8 (09:00) - Risk Assessment - An Appraisal of Current Approaches

    Sound Science – Assessment of Applications sent to the European Food Safety Authority
    Dr. Andreas Heissenberger (Umweltbundesamt - Environment Agency, Austria), Austria
    (short paper  EN  JP)
    Bt Crops - Controversies Around the Science Necessary for Risk Assessment
    Dr. Angelika Hilbeck (ETH Zürich), Switzerland
    (short paper  EN  JP)
    GM Maize and Glyphosate-Based Herbicides - Health Studies
    Prof. Gilles-Eric Séralini (University of Caen), France
    (short paper  EN  JP)
    Transgenic Fish - How to Assess Contained Use Applications
    Prof. Antonietta Guitiérrez (University of Lima), Peru
    (short paper  EN  JP)

Oct 8 (14:00) - Ecological Risk Research - From Organisms to Landscapes

    GE Viruses - Environmental Challenges
    Prof. Terje Traavik (GenØk - Center for Biosafety), Norway
    (short paper  EN  JP)
    Spread of Herbicide-Tolerant Canola in Japan
    Prof. Masaharu Kawata (Yokkaichi University), Japan
    (short paper  EN  JP)
    Transgene Flow in Small-Scale Systems - Ghana as Model
    Dr. Denis Worlanyo Aheto (University of Cape Coast), Ghana
    (short paper  EN  JP)
    GM Gene Flow in South African Commercial Maize Cultivation
    Prof. Chris Viljoen (Free State University), South Africa
    (short paper  EN  JP)

Oct 9 (09:00) - Reality Checks

    Patenting Genes and Plants: Intellectual Property Rights Transform Research and Agricultural Innovation
    M. Phil. Lim Li Ching (Third World Network), Malaysia
    (short paper  EN  JP)
    Evaluating the Contribution of Genetically Engineered Traits to Crop Yield: Adoption or Alternatives for Agricultural Policy?
    Dr. David Quist (GenØk - Center for Biosafety), Norway
    in cooperation with Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman (Union of Concerned Scientists), USA
    (short paper  EN  JP)
    Bt-Resistant Target Pests – Quick Occurrence in South Africa
    Prof. Johnnie van den Berg (North-West University), South Africa
    (short paper  EN  JP)
    Environmental and Agronomic Issues of GE Soy in South America
    Prof. Walter A. Pengue (University of General Sarmiento, Buenos Aires), Argentina
    (short paper  EN  JP)
    Hope not Hype: The Future of Agriculture
    Prof. Jack A. Heinemann (University of Canterbury), New Zealand
    (short paper  EN  JP)


Scientific Conference (english)
Scientific Conference (japanese)


Report Scientific Conference, Citizen Forum and MOP-5 Side Events
Conference Proceedings (english)
Conference Proceedings (japanese)
Actas de Conferencia (espagnol)
Announcement in UWSF 22(5) (english)

Video Stream
Welcome & Introduction

Y. Hayashi, 13:11 min

Lim Li C., 05:17 min

A. Hilbeck, 19:27 min

Video Stream
Keynote Lectures

C. v. Weizsäcker, 38:49 min

A. Turrent Fernández, 37:50 min

A. Turrent Fernández - Questions, 03:55 min

A. Rodrigues, 40:47 min

B. Breckling, 36:49 min

Panel, 56:27 min

Summary, 04:44 min

Video Stream
Risk Assessment

A. Heissenberger, no video

A. Hilbeck, 35:23 min

G.-E. Séralini, 27:52 min

A. Guitiérrez, 31:32 min

Panel, 49:47 min

Video Stream
Ecological Risk Research

T. Traavik, 32:58 min

M. Kawata, 22:14 min

M. Kawata - Questions, 08:00 min

D. W. Aheto, 29:11 min

D. W. Aheto - Questions, 00:28 min

C. Viljoen, 20:39 min

C. Viljoen - Questions, 06:58 min

Panel, 47:22 min

Video Stream
Reality Checks

Lim Li C., 36:09 min

Lim Li C. - Discussion, 23:43 min

J. van den Berg, 22:21 min

J. van den Berg - Discussion, 12:41 min

W. A. Pengue, 34:07 min

W. A. Pengue - Discussion, 17:05 min

J. A. Heinemann, 40:09 min

Closure, 05:31 min