ICGEB-JRC Workshop “Genome Editing Applications and Beyond”

Trieste, Italy
19-22 November 2019

Scientific Organisers

Serena Zacchigna
ICGEB Trieste, Italy

Maddalena Querci
European Commission
JRC, Ispra – Varese, Italy

Meeting Secretariat

ICGEB Meetings and Courses Unit
Tel: +39-040-3757333 
Fax: +39-040-226555
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Co-organised by

“Genome editing” is booming in molecular biology laboratories. It is not a new field, but new powerful and less costly genome editing tools have led to an explosion of new research opportunities and potential clinical applications, both heritable and non-heritable, to address a wide range of human health issues. Many stakeholder groups are debating this issue, and recognizing the promise and the concerns related to this technology, ICGEB proposes this initiative to provide a learning platform and a forum for discussion on genome editing and related technologies, with particular focus on scientific and regulatory considerations. In collaboration with JRC, the event will provide consultancy on the regulatory, ethical and societal challenges driven by the technology and its applications. ICGEB/JRC also intend to provide guidance to scientists working in their Member States by providing practical skills and appropriate contacts to facilitate the access to this technology.


The first two days will focus on the opportunities and challenges offered by genome editing, gathering experts on scientific, regulatory, ethical and legal implications of the technology. The second two days will provide theoretical and practical skills to understand how genome editing can be applied to bacteria, plant and animal research. Common to both parts, a major goal of the Workshop is to analyse and discuss the scientific and regulatory frameworks fundamentals, in different countries, as bases for proper access and use of the technology.



Researches and professionals involved or interested in the scientific and regulatory aspects of genome editing. Admission is subject to selection with priority given according to professional interest and involvement with the workshop topics’. Applicants will be asked to fill a questionnaire and submit an abstract. Selected abstracts will be included in the programme as oral presentations. Participants are expected to cover their own travel and living costs.

Deadline for application extended: 28 July 2019 (Trieste time)


A limited number of grants will be available to provide accommodation and local hospitality for the duration of the course. The selection will be based on the following criteria: Need to apply genome editing to their own studies; CV; possibility to implement the acquired skills at their own laboratories; interest in creating or fostering international collaborations on the topic of genome editing. Preference will be given to participants selected for oral presentation and /or attendance to the whole workshop. Travel is not funded and participants will need to secure their own sources of support.

Speakers confirmed

Anna Cereseto – University of Trento, Italy
Roberto Galizi – Imperial College London, UK
Michele Garfinkel – EMBO
Mauro Giacca – King’s College London, UK and ICGEB Trieste, Italy
Guido Grandi – University of Trento, Italy
Julia Jansing – Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Rishi Kumar Tyagi – Asia-Pacific Consortium on Agricultural Biotechnology and Bioresources, Thailand
Michael Morrison – HeLEX – Centre for Health, Law and Emerging Technologies, University of Oxford, UK
Andrés Muro – ICGEB Trieste, Italy
Jana Murovec – University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Marcello Raspa – EMMA Monterotondo, Italy
Alessandra Recchia – University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy
Nils Rostoks – University of Latvia
Patrick Rüdelsheim – PERSEUS bvba, Belgium
Jessica Uwanibe – ACEGID, Redeemer’s University, Ede, Nigeria


Interested participants are expected to submit an abstract with their application. Selected abstracts will be included in the programme as oral presentations.

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Meeting Location

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AREA Science Park
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34149 Trieste, ITALY
Tel: +39-040-37571
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