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Caffè Expo:
What do we need to know about GMOs?

Invitation

The EU research project PreSto GMO ERA-Net will present its final results on 17 August 2015 at EXPO (Milan, Italy) in conjunction with a public discussion on research needs for a better understanding of the risks and benefits of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The goal of the PreSto GMO ERA‐Net project was to take key preparatory steps towards the planning of an EU research coordination programme to streamline future transnational research on the effects of GMOs in the areas of human and animal health and the environment and techno-economic impacts. To this end, the project identified knowledge gaps and research needs linked to current and anticipated new GM products and aligned them with stakeholder views in the course of multi-step stakeholder surveys.

To allow an informed discussion about whether and how biotechnology can be used to provide solutions to current and future challenges, experts involved in the project will briefly update the participants on ongoing research, research gaps and future European research needs linked to existing and anticipated new GM
products that are being developed worldwide. The following discussion forum is open for all participants.

To confirm your participation, please send an e-mail to maura.calliera@unicatt.it.

 

CaffExpò:
What do we need to know about GMOs?
International Exposition (EXPO) 2015 in Milan
17 August 2015, 6.00 pm

 

 

 

Invitation to participate in an exercise to rank research needs

Stakeholder with interests in the risk and/or benefit assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) are invited to take part in an online survey that will be used to develop a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) model for prioritising research needs within an ERA-NET.

The online-survey is open until Friday 21 July 2015.

All responses will be collated and reported anonymously.

To complete the survey, please register here.

PreSto GMO ERA-Net aims to identify gaps in existing knowledge on the impacts of GMOs on environment, health and techno-economics in order to inform future research work, in particular regarding a future European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) on GMO impacts.
 


Stakeholder input wanted: survey on research needs for assessing GMO impacts

Stakeholder with interests in the risk and/or benefit assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) are invited to take part in an online survey.

The PreSto GMO project (funded by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union) is focused on identifying gaps in existing knowledge regarding risk–benefit assessment and associated governance practice of GMOs in order to inform future research work, in particular regarding the European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) on GM research.

The aim of this survey is to identify which research needs should be prioritised, thereby contributing to the commissioning of research on the health, environment and economic impacts of GMOs.

The PreSto GMO project has already conducted one round of this survey, and now wish to develop further understanding of certain topics of interest identified as being most relevant by the first round participants from a broader range of stakeholders.

The survey will close on 15th July 2015.

More information and access to the online survey

 


Survey on Gaps in Knowledge on the Impacts of GMO

Deadline: 17th April 2015

The research project PreSto GMO ERA-Net would like to invite interested experts/stake-holders to complete a questionnaire that will inform the first stage of a multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA) model for prioritising research needs.

Interested experts/stake-holders are requested to register here to get access to the online-questionnaire.

 


7th meeting of the IOBC-WPRS working group "GMOs in Integrated Plant Production"

1-3 June 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

The IOBC-WPRS working group “GMO’s in integrated plant production” aims to present a platform for exchange of research results and to stimulate collaborative projects dealing with genetically modified plants, their potential impact on the environment, and their role in integrated production systems.

More information: EIGMO workshop website

                               


GRACE Stakeholder Workshops on Draft Results, Conclusions and Recommendations

5-6 October 2015, Vienna, Austria: Use of Evidence Synthesis in GMO Impact Assessment

This stakeholder workshop will discuss the draft results of the systematic reviews and evidence maps produced by the GRACE project for stakeholder-selected questions relevant for the assessment of health, environmental, and socioeconomic impacts of GMOs. The consultation will also assess the general conclusions and recommendations concerning the use of evidence synthesis approaches in the context of GMO risk research and risk assessment.


7-8 October 2015, Vienna, Austria: Feeding and Alternative Studies on GM Maize

This stakeholder workshop will discuss the draft results of both the one-year animal feeding study and the 90-day longitudinal study (to consider whether (additional) metabolic endpoints improve the evaluation of toxic effects of transgenic crops) as well as the draft results of the in vitro, in silico and analytical studies – all of them conducted on GM maize. The consultation will also comment on the draft overarching conclusions and recommendations on the use of feeding and alternative studies for GMO risk research and risk assessment.

 

The discussion and the comments received in the context of these two stakeholder consultations will be taken into consideration in the interpretation of GRACE results and the development of overall conclusions and recommendations. More information concerning both meetings will be circulated in April 2015.

To pre-register, please send an email to GRACE-consultation@aau.at. In this message, please provide the details (name, affiliation) of the participant that should appear on the congress badge, the name(s) of the workshops to be attended, and other relevant information (such as dietary preferences for catering).  A confirmation of registration will be sent to participants after the registration deadline.


More information: EU Research Project GRACE


 


GRACE Final Conference


9-10 November 2015, Potsdam, Germany

After 3 ½ years of research and accompanying stakeholder consultations, the closing conference will present the following final results of GRACE:

  • Evaluation of Animal Feeding Trials (90-day and 1-year studies) and Alternative In Vitro Studies for the Assessment of GMO Impacts on Human Health
  • Evidence Synthesis of GMO Impact Research: Good Review Practice & Data Evaluation of Beneficial and Adverse Impacts of GM Crops

The meeting is limited to a maximum of 200 participants. Further information will be available on the conference website in April 2015. Those interested in receiving further information can also pre-register here (please write “conference” in the message field).


More information: EU Research Project GRACE

What is an ERA-Net?

The objective of the European Research Area (ERA)-NET scheme of the European Commission is to step up the cooperation and coordination of research activities carried out at the national or the regional level in the member states and associated states.

 

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Advisory Group

Continuous feedback on recent developments and new challenges in the field of GMO research are of paramount importance. An Advisory Group provides additional high-level expertise in areas strategic for the project’s activities.

 

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Questions?

Please contact us in case of questions concerning our stakeholder engagement process or research activities.


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