Keynote Speaker for Plant Science Conference - Klaus Ammann

Title: Regulatory solutions for GM crops need a Science view with a cultural responsibility

Klaus Ammann

University of Bern, Switzerland

Biography

Prof. Emeritus Bern University Switzerland, thesis: vegetation and glacier history, summa cum laude in 1972, lecturing in Biodiversity, Vegetation Ecology, Lichens and Mosses, Biomonitoring of Air Pollution, Plant Biotechnology: Biosafety, Gene Flow and Ecology of Transgenic Crops. Guest Prof. in Delft, Netherlands, Istanbul, Turkey, research in Jamaica, USA: Duke University and Missouri Botanical Garden. Steering committee of www.prri.net. Scientific activities based on 650 endnote reference bibliographies on plant biotechnology and biodiversity, 360 publications in journals, blogs, newspapers, books, 200 slide presentations with literature references. Editor, Co-Editor in journals from Elsevier, Springer and Taylor&Francis. Scientific committees in Switzerland and Europe on biodiversity and biosafety. Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, external member of the European Academy. Details in http://www.ask-force.org/web/Curriculum/Links2.pdf 

Abstract

If we want to escape years-long fruitless debates on biotechnology and biodiversity, we have to do more than just to deplore the debate full of artificial (or imagined) contrasts, the main arguments are summarized below. The debate needs a professional discursive structure and we must embrace different kinds of knowledge, and future new solutions should not be excluded, on the contrary: in new regulatory structures they also have to be anticipated. Mutual understanding of the different views on agricultural strategies may stimulate the debate and lead to innovative solutions. The debate must embrace also the full set of social sciences.