GeneConvene-Hosted Webinars

As part of the GeneConvene Global Collaborative‘s interests and efforts to support and promote learning and discussion around genetic biocontrol and gene drive technologies and associated issues, it hosts webinars regularly.

This is an archive of those webinars.

The Virtual Institute also aggregates webinars hosted by others and that collection can be viewed HERE.

Hector Quemada and David O'Brochta,  GeneConvene Global Collaborative,  2020.

Engineered Gene Drives: Policy and Regulatory Considerations
October 21, 28, November 4, 18, December 2 
11 am- 12:30pm
(Washington, D.C. -GMT -5)

This was a series of public seminars by experts on policy and regulatory affairs who will speak about the research and development of engineered gene drive  Presentations were aimed at scientists, policy makers, regulators and the general public.

Oct. 21    Overview of Regulatory Frameworks Covering Gene Drives . (1:30:25)

Speaker 1: Wadzanayi Mandivenyi, Head of Biosafety Unit, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (08:00 – 28:00 +question at end)

Speaker 2:  Marion Law,  Team Lead, Prequalification Team-Vector Control Products, World Health Organization (28:00 – 1:03:00 + question at end)


Oct. 28   Regional Development of Regulatory Policies on Gene Drives and Risk Assessment. 

Martin Lema, Quilmes National University, Argentina.


Nov. 4    The Value of Existing Regulatory Approaches for Risk Assessments of Gene Drive Organisms. 

Speaker 1: Michael Bonsall, Professor of Mathematical Biology, University of Oxford

Speaker 2:  Owain Edwards, Domain Leader, Environment & Biocontrol CSIRO Synthetic Biology Future Science Platform


Nov 18    Regulatory and Governace Challenges Posed by Gene Drives . 

Speaker 1: Natalie Koffer, Founder of Editing Nature; Lecturer, Harvard Scientific Citizenship Initiative

Speaker 2:  Jesse Reynolds, Emmett /Frankel Fellow in Environmental Law and Policy, Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

Questions and Answers not captured in November 18 recording

Dec 2   Environmental Impact Assessments and Gene Drive Applications. 

Speaker 1: Willy Tonui, Chief Executive Officer, Environmental Health and Safety Consultancy, Ltd.

Speaker 2:  Katharine Gotto Walton, Chair, The Social Practice Forum


David O'Brochta and Hector Quemada,  GeneConvene Global Collaborative,  2020.

Engineered Gene Drives: State of Research
September 9,16,23,30, October 7, 14
11 am- 12:30pm
(Washington, D.C. -GMT -5)

This was a series of public scientific and technical seminars by researchers actively involved in the research and development of engineered gene drive and related systems. Presentations were aimed at other researchers and scientists, highlighting the latest investigations in this area of applied genetics.

Sept. 9    Gene-drive systems for mosquito population modification. Anthony James, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine

Sept. 16  Manipulation wild populations using Cleave and Rescue (ClvR) selfish genetic elements. Bruce Hay, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

Sept 23  Advanced genetic control of human disease vectors. Omar Akbari, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Sept 30  Transmission Zero: Converting malaria vector mosquitoes into non-vectors via minimal genetic modifications. George Christophides, Ph.D., Imperial College, London

Oct 7  Anoheles gambiae population suppression gene drive technologies. Andrea Crisanti, Ph.D. Imperial College, London

Oct 14  Engineered Genetic Incompatibility- species-like barriers to sexual reproducing insects. Michael Smanski, Ph.D., University of Minnesota