DLN Bioprospecting Workshop

This workshop aims at enabling an arena for researchers, policy advisors and legal practitioners to discuss current developments on debates on access to and commercial exploitation of biodiversity. Some key questions: What happens when physical collections become digital data? How would data be published, stored and shared? How would the access to digital collections be regulated? How would that affect access to physical collections? Do we need national systems for monitoring access and use of physical/digital collections? What are best policy solutions? We invite DLN partners to a 1-day workshop. The workshop will start by inviting a discussion on main challenges regarding access to genetic materials in Norway, to follow on the particular debate on access to and use of Digital Sequence Information (DSI) as it is currently addressed in the framework of the Nagoya Protocol. In this regard, the workshop includes a focus the shortcomings of the notion of DSI, and on current debates on monitoring and tracking systems for digital genetic information.


Preregistration is required. Please send an email to jzenteno@student.sv.uio.no


10:00- 10: 20 Ana Delgado (UiO). Welcome and introduction to the debate on DSI

10:20 -11:00 Marcel Jaspars (University of Aberdeen) Digital sequence information on genetic resources: Concept, scope and current use

11:00- 11:30 Jeanette Hammer Andersen (Marbio), Kjersti Gabrielsen (Marbank), and Klara Stensvåg (UiT) From Norwegian marine biodiversity to digital sequences and commercial exploitation – a Tromsø perspective


11:30- 11: 45 Coffee break

11:45-12:15: Alexander Wentzel and Geir Klinkenberg (t.b.c.), Kristin Degnes and Giang-Son-Nguyen (SINTEF): Sequence- and function-based bioprospecting of Norwegian microbial biodiversity for novel natural products

12:15-12:45 Vito de Lucia (UiT) Beyond Norwegian waters: International legal challenges in the ongoing negotiations towards a global treaty on marine biodiversity in areas beyond jurisdiction (BBNJ)

12:45- 13:30 Lunch break

13:30- 14:00 Ida Helene Steen (UiB), Gro Kjæreng Bjerga (NORCE) A perspective from Bergen: Deep ocean bioprospecting, Metagenomics and Public Databases

14:00- 14:30 Kjetill Sigurd Jakobsen – Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis & Norwegian Sequencing Centre, (UiO) Nature Biobanks, Biodiversity genomics and The Earth Biogenome project – a Norwegian and international perspective

14:30 – 15:00 Benefit sharing contracts for digital collections (Morten Walløe Tvelt -HiM)

15:00 – 15:45 Break – Go for a walk in the botanical gardens (thinking and talking to others while walking)

15:45 – 16:45 Group discussion: Identifying problems and challenges, envisioning best policy practices

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