Editing Nature Summit 2017: Integrating science and collective wisdom to create responsible environmental solutions using gene technologies

March 31, 2017

The first Editing Nature Summit will take place on April 20-22, 2017, at Yale University.

About the Summit

DNA is the basic building block of life. It is shared by all living things, supplying commonality between single cell bacteria, oak trees, and elephants; DNA connects us with nature. With the recent advent of a new technology called CRISPR, we can now alter that very sequence of life, efficiently and inexpensively, through a process called gene editing. The potential of this technology is incredible; using gene editing we could create drought-resistant trees to fight climate change, eradicate malaria by altering mosquito DNA, and engineer new biodegradable materials for a truly sustainable future. But, without careful consideration and foresight, gene editing could also irreversibly destroy ecosystems and drastically transform the natural world as we know it.

Rooted in a deep respect for science, our planet and each other, the Editing Nature Summit seeks to integrate science and wisdom to honor the complexity of gene editing and the networks it could affect. Pioneering a new model based on inclusivity and transparency, Editing Nature will foster dialogue that spans disciplines and viewpoints to explore this important issue. A series of public talks given by thought leaders from ecology, genetics, public policy, ethics, journalism, engineering and architecture will broaden our perspectives and spur conversation, while intimate round table discussions will delve into the potential of gene editing and seek to steer its responsible use. The mission of the Editing Nature Summit is to cultivate creativity from diversity and innovate thoughtful solutions for our planet.

You are cordially invited to join the conversation! REGISTER HERE

News & Updates

Actionable Sustainability Research and Entrepreneurial Solutions to Climate Change

September 20, 2017
Call for Proposals: Actionable Sustainability Research and Entrepreneurial Solutions to Climate Change The Yale University Office of Sustainability, in partnership with the...

The Health Implications of Droughts for Older Adults

April 27, 2017
A new study published in The Lancet Planetary Health explores the health consequences of droughts. Lead author Dr. Jesse Berman is a former YIBS Donnelley Fellow, who worked...

Summit to Explore Gene Technologies and Environmental Solutions

April 20, 2017
BY TIMOTHY BROWN Originally published in Yale F&ES News This week, Yale will host the Editing Nature Summit: Integrating Science and Collective Wisdom to Create...