French-American Science festival - How the new genome-editing technologies in agriculture will change our everyday lives?

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As part of the French-American Science Festival 2017 in Chicago, Pr. Agnès Ricroch (AgroParisTech) will give a free public lecture to present the new genome-editing tools and their applications in agriculture.

- When: May 2, 2017 at 7PM
- Where: Alliance Française de Chicago (54 W Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL)
- Registration
- Lecture in English for general audience

About the presentation

The first GM crops started being cultivated in 1996 following the discovery of transgenesis in 1983. In 1990, the European Union (EU) adopted its first regulatory framework on GMOs. As a result of strong regulatory constraints, commercial cultivation of GM crops is minimal in the EU. Despite of this, the EU remains a major importer of soybean, corn, and rapeseed GM products.

Since its discovery in 2012, the CRISPR/Cas technology has emerged as a revolutionary genome-editing technology applicable to all living organisms. It allows the DNA to be cut at desired locations, making possible for existing genes to be removed and/or new ones added. Recent applications of the CRISPR/Cas in crops and farm animals to meet with today’s agricultural challenges will be presented.

Free public lecture, in English, followed by Q&A with the audience and a wine and cheese reception. Exclusive occasion to attend a lecture with such talented French scientists!

About the speaker

Agnès Ricroch is an associate professor of Evolutionary Genetics and Plant Breeding at AgroParisTech in France and adjunct professor at Pennsylvania State University, USA. She holds a PhD and a HDR in Plant Genetics from the University Paris-Sud, France. She is a fellow of the Academy of Agriculture of France and the secretary of Life Sciences section. She is the group leader ‘Durability-Innovation-Resources-Ethics’ at University Paris-Sud / Paris-Saclay.

Her research focuses on Evidence-Based Policies in biotech. She serves as an expert member of the Scientific Group of Interest ‘Plant Biotechnology’ in France. She was distinguished as Woman in Biotechnology Law and Regulation in 2015. In 2012, she received the special prize of Academy of Agriculture of France. She was the editor of four books on plant biotech. She published more than 80 scientific papers.

About the French-American Science Festival

The Office for Science and Technology in Chicago is organizing the sixth annual of the French-American Science Festival fom May 1st to May 4th, as part of the French Innovation Week organized by the Consulate General of France, the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago and the Alliance Française of Chicago.
Since 2011, the French-American Science Festival brings together scientists and educators from universities, national laboratories, industries and non-governmental organizations from France and the U.S, representing a wide range of fields, from biology to nanotechnologies, through astronomy. Every year, two general public conferences with leading scientists are organized on highly topical issues, in partnership with the Alliance française. The other conference will be held on May 4th and will be focused on particle physics. In addition, in partnership with the University of Illinois in Chicago and Northwestern University, particularly the Rick Morimoto’s laboratory, a full day of science education and outreach allows children from the schools of the Chicago area to discover science and to learn the scientific approach.

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