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Van: Sara Alander <saal@arb.luth.se>

CONFERENCE INVITATION:
"Dolly and the Bean" - understanding Biotechnology in Broader Contexts",
February 19-21 1999 in Luleň, Sweden.

The rapid development of biotechnology is forcefully driven forward by
industry, scientists in the field and most policy-makers. At the same time
critical voices express concerns over biotechnology's effects on ecology,
health and global power relations. They are deeply worried about economic,
social and cultural implications on people and communities, as well as
whole nations and the sustainability of the planet.

The conference aims to offer possibilities to discuss and problematize
biotechnology in broad contexts. It will present both critical voices as
well as more positive ones, and provides a forum for dialogue between the
participants.

We welcome you to a conference which will challenge your thinking and
tackle the important issue of biotechnology in its broadest sense.
A presentation, provisional programme and some general information follows.
Due to problems with disseminating this invitation the deadline date for
early registration and payment of conference fee is changed to December the
31.
Please spread the information to others who might be interested.
Information is also available at our homepage:
<http://www.luth.se/depts/arb/genus_tekn/dolly.htm>http://www.luth.se/depts
/arb/genus_tekn/dolly.htm

Yours sincerely,
 Sara Alander (Member of the organising committee)



Dolly and the Bean:
Understanding Biotechnology in Broader Contexts

In times of the cloned sheep Dolly and the introduction of Monsanto's
genetically modified RoundUp Ready soybean, biotechnology is gradually
becoming an area of intense debates in politics, medicine, media and civil
society. It is evident that biotechnology and its applications affect us
all in fundamental ways, and will increasingly do so.

Thus, understanding biotechnology in a broad context is one of the most
challenging tasks ahead of us. The issues are scientifically complicated,
the policy framework intricate and research and industrial development
lightning fast. And, above all, most issues of biotechnology are highly
controversial.

Is it ethically justified to clone a sheep? A human being? What
implications does the commercialisation and introduction of genetically
modified organisms have on farmers and consumers in both the North and the
South? Will biotechnology enhance or weaken global food security? Is the
'patenting of life' ethically acceptable? How should we judge between the
benefits and the potential risks when developing new medicinal drugs?

Although the general public often expresses concern about the new
technology, the rapid development of biotechnology is forcefully driven
forward by industry, scientists in the field and most policy-makers. There
appears to exist a 'discourse'-a general mindset-which takes as its premise
huge potential benefits of the technology and which sees it as an
inevitable process of progress.

Yet, in all fields and all over the world there are critical voices. These
express concerns over biotechnology's effects on ecology, health and global
power relations. They are deeply worried about economic, social and
cultural implications on people and communities, as well as whole nations
and the sustainability of the planet. And, they insist on a wider public
debate and improved accountability from all parties concerned.

The conference 'Dolly and the Bean-Understanding Biotechnology in Broader
Contexts' serves to widen and intensify the public debate on biotechnology
in Sweden and other Nordic countries. It will present both critical voices
as well as more positive ones, and will provide a forum for dialogue
between the participants.

We invite you to a conference which will challenge your thinking and tackle
the important issue of biotechnology in its broadest sense.

Participants will include researchers, policymakers, media people,
industry, civil society and concerned lay people.

Provisional programme

Friday, February 19
SETTING THE STAGE: DISCOURSES OF BIOTECHNOLOGY
What is biotechnology? What does the area of biotechnology comprise? Do
different actors have conflicting views on what are important aspects of
biotechnology? 
The conference begins with four general presentations, which discuss the
scope of the topic: a perspective from the South, a view from the business
community and perspectives from two scientists involved in biotechnology
research. The day ends with an open debate where all participants are
invited to comment, ask questions and debate.

13.00 Opening session
Plenary presentations
The discourse of biotechnology:
A civil society perspective: Vandana Shiva
A scientist perspective I: Martha Crouch
A scientist perspective II: 
An industry perspective: Martina Bianchini
Open debate
19.00 Dinner

Saturday, February 20
WIDENING THE DEBATE:
BIOTECHNOLOGY IN A BROADER CONTEXT
The second day is devoted to critical perspectives on how biotechnology may
affect humans and the environment, both positively and negatively. In the
morning session, presentations focus on real and potential effects of
biotechnology on health, followed by a presentation on how to handle risks
inherent in the application of the technology. The afternoon session first
highlights the effects of biotechnology on global food security and
environmental sustainability, and ends with a presentation discussing
current trends within the biotechnological industry, including the related
issues of patents and intellectual property rights.

9.00 Plenary presentations
Biotechnological breakthroughs for better public health: Ulf Pettersson
The effects of biotechnology on health and nutrition: Mae-Wan Ho
Risk assessment of genetically modified organisms:
Absence of proof is not proof of absence: Terje Traavik
Parallel workshops on each theme presented
13.00 Lunch
Plenary presentations
Biotechnology and global food security: Camila Montecinos
Effect on sustainability of engineered crops: Rebecca Goldburg
The patents of life and the future shape of the biotech
industry: Pat Mooney
Parallel workshops
19.00 Dinner

Sunday, February 21
THE WAY FORWARD: ACCOUNTABILITY AND ALTERNATIVES
How can access to information and a wide ranging public debate in the
context of biotechnology be fostered? What are the solutions to the
challenges addressed by biotechnology? How can biotechnology be developed
and regulated in ways which are environmentally, socially and politically
appropriate? How can the trade-off between risks and benefits be conducted
in a democratic and participatory manner?
The third day of the conference is devoted to finding constructive ways to
place biotechnology in a broad, democratic context. In debates and
discussions participants will have the opportunity to reflect and seek ways
to enhance the public debate.

8.30á Introduction: Vandana Shiva
Plenary presentations
"The ways forward"
Citizens participation in defining the alternatives: Janice Jiggins
Accountability - a critical researcher's perspective: Martha Crouch
Industry: barrier or tool for progress?: 
The role of civil society - NGO perspectives
11.00 Brunch
Discussion in groups
Open debate
14.00 Closing session


INVITED SPEAKERS

Martina Bianchini, Manager, Monsanto Services International SA/NV,
Brussels, Belgium

Martha Crouch, Associate professor, Dept. of Biology, University of
Indiana, USA

Rebecca Goldburg, Environmental Defence Fund, New York, USA

Mae-Wan Ho, Director of Bioelectrodynamic Laboratory, Open University,
Milton Keynes, UK

Janice Jiggins, Professor, Department of Rural Development Studies,
Swedish Agricultural University, Uppsala, Sweden

Pat Mooney, Director of Rural Advancement Foundation International,
Winnipeg, Canada

Camila Montecinos, Agronomist, Coordinator of Community Biodiversity
Development and Conservation, Temuco, Chile

Ulf Pettersson, Professor, Department of Genetics and Pathology, Biomedical
Centre, Uppsala, Sweden

Vandana Shiva, Director of Research Foundation for Science, Technology and
Natural Resource Policy, Dehra Dun, India

Terje Traavik, Professor, Institute of Medical Biology, Department of
Virology, University of Troms÷, Norway



GENERAL INFORMATION

Location: The conference will take place at Hotel Nordkalotten Conference
Centre, Luleň, situated in the vicinity of Kallax airport, 9 km from Luleň
city.


Language: The conference language will be English


Accommodation: The accommodation is to be paid by participants. For prices
at Hotel Nordkalotten see registration form. Alternative accommodation in
Luleň city are e g Hotel Aveny (595 SEK), Hotel Max (583 SEK), Youth Hostel
Kronan (200 SEK) and Youth Hostel Írnvik (160 SEK). Prices refer to single
rooms.


Registration: Please fill in the registration form and send or fax it to
the conference secretariat NO LATER THAN January 11, 1999. For EARLY
payment, no later than December 15, the conference fee is 2.450 SEK. Normal
conference fee, payment no later than January 11, is 2.800 SEK. VAT is
included.

Payment of conference fee should be made in SEK to:
Postal giro account No. 760815-1
Luleň University of Technology
Please do not forget to write your name and "Dolly Conference" on the
paying-in form.


Travel information: NEX Travel agency offers a discount on travel
arrangements. Please contact NEX telephone +46 (0)920-21 10 00 telefax +46
(0)920-60 890. Ask for Madelaine Enstr÷m.
E-mail: me@nex.se


Doctoral course: The conference can give the equivalent of one Swedish
credit (1 p) in doctoral education, based on the approval of ones home
department.


Conference secretariat
Dolly and the Bean
Div. of Gender and Technology
Luleň University of Technology
SE-971 87 Luleň, Sweden

Telephone: +46 (0)920-721 36
Telefax: +46(0)920-918 66
E-mail: Dolly@arb.luth.se
<http://www.luth.se/depts/arb/genus_tekn/>http://www.luth.se/depts/arb/genu
s_tekn/



REGISTRATION FORM

Name___________________________________________________________

Title/Function_________________________________________________

Institution/Organisation_______________________________________

Address________________________________________________________

Postal address_________________________________________________

Telephone______________________________________________________

Telefax________________________________________________________

E-mail_________________________________________________________

I would like to make a reservation for accommodation at Hotel Nordkalotten
(please tick):
O Single room: 590 SEK
O Combi room, bed and sofabed, price per person: 390 SEK
O Minisuite with private sauna, single use: 780 SEK
O Minisuite with private sauna, double use: 500 SEK

Prices are per night and person and may be subject to adjustment. VAT is
included.
Payment for the accommodation should be made directly to the hotel upon
departure.

O 19th O 20th

I want to share room with:_______________________________________

O I arrange my accommodation elsewhere.

Dinner at Hotel Nordkalotten
O I want dinner on Friday 19th (120 SEK)
O I want conference dinner on Saturday 20th (240 SEK)

Deadlines for payment of conference fee:
December 15, 1998; reduced conference fee, 2450 SEK
January 11, 1999; normal conference fee, 2800 SEK
See registration information.


Kindly return this form by telefax or snailmail no later than January 11
to:


Dolly and the Bean Conference Secretariat
Div. of Gender and Technology
Luleň University of Technology
S-971 87 Luleň
Sweden

telefax: +46 (0)920 91866

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E-mail reply address:
Dolly@arb.luth.se

Conference Secretariat
Div. of Gender and Technology
Luleň University of Technology
S-971 87 Luleň, Sweden

Telephone: +46 (0)920-721 36
Telefax: +46 (0)920-918 66
URL:
<http://www.luth.se/depts/arb/genus_tekn/dolly.htm>http://www.luth.se/depts/
arb/genus_tekn/dolly.htm


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