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Cambridge Global Challenges


At the World Conservation Congress in 2016 IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) approved a resolution that called on the Union to undertake an assessment to examine the organisms, components and products resulting from synthetic biology techniques and the impacts of their production and use, which may be beneficial or detrimental to the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity and associated social, economic, cultural and ethical considerations. This Assessment will then be used to recommend how IUCN and its members should approach this topic.

IUCN put in place a group of diverse professional who have the responsibilities of delivering on these goals. The first meeting of this group takes place in Cambridge 12-15 April, 2018. 

As part of its mandate to consult broadly we would like to invite you to a short presentation followed by a general question and answer session. We hope you will join us on April 13th in the Common Room of the David Attenborough Building from 5pm to 6pm. 

Kent Redford, Chair IUCN Synthetic Biology Taskforce

Tom Brooks, Chief Scientist, IUCN

Melanie Ryan, Luc Hoffmann Institute


Light refreshments will be provided following the session.

Please register here.

 Please contact Melanie Ryan ( for any questions regarding this event.

Friday, 13 April, 2018 - 17:00 to 18:00
Event location: 
Common Room of the David Attenborough Building
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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