The retreat 13-17 march 2017

In the retreat (Klausurwoche 13-17th march 2017) we, KIT-ITAS, were looking for non-obvious applications of genome editing technology, with a strong focus on CRISPR methods. Due to the unsurpassed speed with which the foundational research discovery of the bacterial innate immunity mechanisms transformed into a technology, technology assessment has to turn into science assessment. Inspired by Paul Feyerabends science epistemiology, we invited experts from outside the academic field to allow for new perspectives. Pre-selection of academic and non academic participants was based on abstract proposals. Citizen science experts were comprised of artists, designers and biohackers. All participants got paid for contributing their expertise. During the retreat week we were creating conditions for the participants to develop scenarios on genome editing in a transdisciplinary team effort. After hearing highly qualitative lectures by experts in bioethics, CRISPR bioinformatics, GMO regulation and patenting participants developed four novel scenarios and gave final presentations to a small audience at the Technical University Munich campus. Check the other pages to get inspired by our thought experiments, technical and scientific background information and legal and ethical considerations.


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AWARDS paid to participants:

  • the 7 best submissions of citizen scientist* were be awarded with 1000€ each PLUS a fully sponsored week in Munich
  • the 10 best submissions of academics**  received 300€ each PLUS a fully sponsored week in Munich

* citizen scientists are individuals who are knowledgeable on the subject of genome editing or related fields and hacking and who are freelancing artists, scientists or similar which are not funded on a regular basis by companies or institutions at the time of the retreat.

** academics are people who are knowledgeable on the subject of genome editing or related fields and are currently paid by an academic institutions (e.g. as professors, postdoctoral researchers or PhD students.

Hotel Information

we booked a contigent of rooms for your from 12 to 17th March at Garni Maria's Inn. 

Tel: +49-89-329320

It is in 30 mins walking distance from the restreat venue and 10 mins walking distance from our restaurant Gasthof Neuwirt in Garching. Public transport with bus and subway is available. 


Editing your phenotype (with food)

Breakfast is provided by the hotel, lunch will be a delivered by delivery services on demand to our retreat venue and Gasthof Neuwirt will provide us dinner with delicious traditional bavarian cuisine from Monday to Thursday evening.

http://gasthof-neuwirt.org/speisen/

Venue

The retreat will happen at the UnternehmerTUM in the TU Campus in Garching by Munich, Germany.

We have a dedicated seminar room to work in seclusion and can use the facility like kitchen and the techlabs providing AI/VR/AR, robotics and a biohacker laboratory for our needs.

Program 12 - 17 March

12.03 Sunday

arrival in Hotel (see location page)

13.03 Monday

10.00 Introduction (Harald König and Rüdiger Trojok)

12.00 Lunchbreak

13.30 10 min pitches of scenario ideas by participants

16.00 Lecture on media theory and science communication by Karolina Sobecka 

19.00 Dinner in Restaurant in Garching

20.00 open hacksession

14.03 Tuesday

10.00 CRISPR Technology (Soren Hough, Desktop Genetics)

12.00 Lunchbreak

13.30 Scenario building and hacksprint

19.00 Dinner in Restaurant in Garching 

20.00 open hacksession

15.03 Wednesday

10.00 Hacker-ethics and bioethics, a comparison. (PD Dr. Joachim Boldt, University Freiburg)

12.00 Lunchbreak

13.30 Scenario building and hacksprint

19.00 Dinner in Restaurant in Garching

20.00 open hacksession

16.03 Thursday

10.00 CRISPR, Law & Order (Jens Kahrmann, Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety, Department of Gene-technology (BVL))

12.00 Lunchbreak

13.30 Scenario building and hacksprint

19.00 Dinner in Restaurant in Garching together with synbio.info Stammtisch

17.03 Friday

10.00 Intellectual Property in the Life Sciences (Raimund Lutz, Vice-President Directorate, European Patent Office)

12.00 Lunchbreak

13.30 Scenario Demo to a public and press audience

16.00 departure