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Workshop: Ethics of Genetically Modified Organisms (G.M.O.’s): Food Security vs. Environmental Impact

by SKeira Jul 15, 2015
When Oct 12, 2014
from 4:20 PM to 5:20 PM
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When: Oct 12, 2014 to Oct 13, 2014
Where: TBD

Contact: Deb Trialonas814-863-8237

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Much of the public debate around genetically modified organisms (GMO) has focused on issues of food safety and security for human consumers, despite consistent scientific evidence that such concerns are largely unsubstantiated. This focus on food safety has overshadowed other potentially more relevant concerns about the larger environmental and ecological impacts of GMO development and implementation. This workshop will explore these broader ethical issues as they relate to and conflict with issues of food safety and security.

Why is the Rock Ethics Institute involved?

As a central hub of ethics research and education at Penn State, the Rock Ethics Institute is proud to host this event. Several of our own researchers deeply involved in social, ethical, and legal implications of technologies like those involved in genetic modification and are working to bring together other voices from peer institutions to discuss this topic. The Rock Ethics Institute is also part of the SRPoiSE Consortium.

Proposal for Papers or Posters

The Rock Ethics Institute at Penn State invites submissions of proposal for papers or posters on any topic relating to GMOs. For individual papers, please submit an abstract of 300-500 words. For poster presentations, please submit descriptions of 150-300 words.  Individual papers are to be approximately 20 minutes reading time.

Submissions should be made electronically to Jonathan Beever at rockethics@psu.edu.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is August 30, 2014 and notification of acceptances will be completed, after peer review of anonymized abstracts, by September 15, 2014.

For further information about the event or application process, please feel free to contact Jonathan at jzb18@psu.edu.

Tentative schedule

(final schedule will be determined by September 15, 2014)


Sunday, October 12th
7 p.m. Welcome Reception: Whiskers
8 p.m. Remarks by Nancy Tuana
8:15 p.m. Plenary Talk with Dr. Dave Mortensen
Monday October 13th
9 a.m.  Breakfast reception and Plenary Talk with Dr. Paul Thompson
10 a.m.  Introductions>
10:15 a.m. Session 1 (3 - 20min talks)
11:45 a.m. break
12:00 p.m. lunch and Plenary Talk with Dr. Kyle Whyte
1:15 p.m. Session 2 (3 - 20min talks)
2:45 p.m. break
3:00 p.m. Session 3 (3 - 20min talks)
4:30 p.m. break
5:00 p.m. Keynote Panel featuring Dr. Paul Thompson, Dr. Kyle Whyte, and Dr. Dave Mortensen - This panel is in conjunction with the Research Ethics Seminar Series
7:00 p.m. Closing Reception