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Thursday, May 31, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST

By 2050, there will be nine billion people on the planet. CRISPR, the revolutionary gene editing technology, could help usher in the next Green Revolution, allowing us to feed our ballooning population in a hotter, more crowded world. But can CRISPR protect the future without causing chaos? Join biologists and geneticists as we explore the thorny issue of tinkering with nature to save it.

The Kavli Prize recognizes scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience, and neuroscience. The series, “The Big, the Small, and the Complex,” is sponsored by The Kavli Foundation and The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.


Brooke BorelJournalist, Author

Brooke Borel is a Journalist and Author. She has written on everything on everything from biotech in agriculture, to the seedy world of cannabis pesticides, to the history of the bed bug. She is a contributing editor at Popular Science and an editor-at-large at Undark.

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Dave JacksonResearch Scientist

Dave Jackson is a Professor of Plant Genetics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, NY, USA. His lab finds and studies the genes that control plant growth and architecture. They have discovered genes that control stem cell proliferation.

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Carolyn NeuhausBioethicist

Carolyn P. Neuhaus is a Bioethicist at The Hastings Center, an independent bioethics research institute in Garrison, New York. She explores philosophical and ethical questions that arise throughout biomedical research, with an eye toward the wise use of emerging technologies.

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Yiping QiBiologist

Yiping Qi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture at University of Maryland, College Park. His current research focus is developing and applying plant genome editing tools for plant biology and crop improvement.

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Friedrich SoltauSustainable Development Practitioner

Friedrich Soltau is a Senior Sustainable Development Officer in the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs. He has worked on a range of issues at the intersection of climate change, energy, new and emerging issues, and sustainable development goals.

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Matthew R. WillmannPlant geneticist

Matthew R. Willmann is the Director of the Plant Transformation Facility (PTF) at Cornell University. PTF is a service facility that makes transgenic and CRISPR/Cas genome-edited plants (maize, rice, wheat, and apple) for Cornell and external faculty.

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