Within and Beyond the Limits of Human Nature: A Working Conference on the Challenges of the New Human Genetic Technologies

Berlin, October 12-15, 2003
Abgeordnetenhaus (Parliament of the State of Berlin)
Niederkirchnerstrasse 5

Day of arrival - Sunday, 12 October

7:00 - 9:00 Reception, Heinrich-Böll-Foundation office

Day 1 - Monday, 13 October: Setting the context

9:00 - 9:10 Welcome: Andreas Poltermann (Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, Germany)
9:10 - 9:30 Opening remarks: Ralf Fuecks (Heinrich-Böll-Foundation, Germany)
9:30 - 10:45

Panel 1 & discussion: Globalization of Biomedical Research

  • Chair: Katrin Grueber (IMEW, Germany)
  • Christine von Weizsäcker (Germany): Individualist Technologies vs. Global Human Needs
  • Chan Chee-Khoon (Malaysia): Genomics, Health and Society
11:00- 12:15

Panel 2 & discussion: The New Human Genetic and Reproductive Technologies

  • Chair: Sarah Sexton (UK)
  • Regine Kollek (Germany): The Bridge between Genetics and Assisted Reproduction - Opening the Gate to Eugenics?
  • Marcy Darnovsky (USA): Cloning and Germline Intervention - Perspectives on Reproductive Technologies and Biomedicine
  • Rupsa Mallik (India): Negative Choice - The Use of Genetic and Reproductive Technologies for Sex Selection
1:20 - 2:50

Panel 3 & discussion: The Policy and Political Landscape - Regulation and Non- Regulation

  • Chair: Andrea Fischer (Germany)
  • Dietmar Mieth (Germany): Biopolicy and Biopolitics in the European Union
  • Rosario Isasi (Peru): Perspectives from the Developing World
  • Daniel Callahan (USA): Biopolicy and Biopolitics in North America
  • Pavel Tishchenko (Russia): Biomedical Research and its (Non)regulation in Post-Communist Societies
  • Lopeti Senituli (Tonga): Biopolicy and Biopolitics in the Pacific Island
3:00 - 4:30 Working Groups I: Constituencies & Perspectives
  1. Gender-Genetic-Futures I: Women's, Family and Children's Health Perspectives
    Rose Mensha-Kutin (Ghana) - convener
    Gilles de Wildt (UK)
    Renate Klein (Australia)
    Marsha Darling (USA)
  2. Perspectives of People with Disabilities
    Anita Ghai (India) - convener
    Bill Albert (UK)
    Julie Hyman (USA)
    Giampiero Griffo (Italy)
  3. Policies and Politics I: International & Regional Challenges
    Juan Lopez (Spain) - convener
    Roberto Andorno (Argentina)
    Merry Osemwegie (Nigeria)
    Carlos Romeo-Casabona (Spain)
    Emelia Ianeva (Bulgaria)
  4. The Genetics-Industrial Complex: Biopolitics and the International Market Place
    Michael Dorsey (USA) - convener
    Sarah Sexton (UK)
    Susan Hawthorn (Australia)
    Alejandro Argumedo (Peru)
4:30 - 5:30 Reports from the Working Groups
7:30 - 9:00 Ad Hoc Working Groups and Discussions

Day 2 - Tuesday, 14 October: Engaging different perspectives

9:00 - 10:00 Panel 4 & discussion: Social Choices and Scientific Freedom - How Defined, by Whom?
  • Chair: Merry Osemwegie (Nigeria)
  • Bill Albert (UK): Rights of the Disabled and Social Choices
  • Farida Akhter (Bangladesh): Justice Perspectives from the South
  • Sujatha Byravan (USA): Rethinking Science and Society
10:05 - 11:05 Panel 5 & discussion: "Pro-life" and "Pro-choice": Overcoming Misleading Controversies
  • Chair: Rosario Isasi (Peru)
  • Martin Robra (Switzerland): Perspectives from Religion
  • Alejandra Rotania (Brazil): Feminist Perspectives from the South
  • Ingrid Schneider (Germany): Feminist Perspectives from the North
11:15 - 12:30 Panel 6 & Discussion: Who Profits? Who Benefits? Who Loses?
  • Chair:Anita Ghai (India)
  • Lei Xiong (China): Honor Our Right to Know - An Important Issue in Bioresearch
  • Florianne Koechlin (Switzerland): Biomedical Research, Gene Patents, Global Markets
  • Beth Burrows (USA): Old and New Eugenics - Getting Rid of Other People
2:00 - 6:00 Ad Hoc Working Groups
  1. Prospects for an International Feminist Network on Human Genetics Issues
  2. General Strategic Challenges: Opportunities and Contradictions
  3. Others
  - parallel with -
2:00 - 6:00 Green Academy Conference Public Symposium:
Differing Ethical, Religious and Moral Foundations of Biopolitics
Visions of Life and Human Nature around the World
  • Chairs: Christina von Braun, Claudia von Braunmühl (Green Academy, Germany)
  • Carmel Shalev (Israel): Jewish Perspectives
  • Martin Robra (USA): Christian Perspectives
  • Ole Doering (Germany): Confucian/Chinese Perspectives
  • Hamid Ahmed (United Kingdom): Islamic Perspectives
7:00 - 9:00 Green Academy Public Symposium:
Is There a Common Vision of Human Nature and a Common Vision of Life?
  • Chair: Hubertus Buchstein (Green Academy)
  • Alejandra Rotania (Brazil)
  • Pavel Tishchenko (Russia)
  • Dietmar Mieth (Germany)
  • Farida Akhter (Bangladesh)

Day 3 - Wednesday, 15 October: Policy, politics, and action - Where to from here?

9:00 - 10:20 Panel 7 & discussion: Policy, Politics and Action: Where to from Here?
  • Chair: Katrin Grueber (IMEW, Germany)
  • Gilles de Willdt (UK): The Biomedical Challenge for World Civil Society
  • Reinhard Loske (Germany): The German Green Party - Parliamentary and Civil Strategy
  • Gregor Wolbring (Canada): NBIC, NGOs, and the three types of Disabled People
  • Chee Yoke Ling (Malaysia): Challenges and Responses from Civil Society
10:30 - 12:00 Working groups II: Critical issues
  1. Biomedical Technology and Health: What Constitutes "Appropriate" Biomedical Technologies from the Perspective of Social Justice, Health Equity, and Global Inclusion?
    Chan Chee Khoon (Malaysia) - convener
    Helen Wallace (UK)
    Bernard Torrico (Bolivia)
  2. Politics and Policies II: National Challenges
    Tremane Barr (New Zealand) - convener
    Roxanne Mykitiuk (Canada)
    Rene Segbenou (Benin)
    Uwe Serduelt (Switzerland)
  3. The Geneticization of Health: Selecting for Sex and for "Medical" versus "Non-medical" Traits
    Sabu George (India) - convener
    Gregor Wolbring ( Canada)
    Rajani Bhatia (USA)
    Ingrid Schneider (Germany)
  4. Bioethics, Culture, and Social Policy
    Angus Clarke (UK) - convener
    Michael Wunder (Germany)
    Pierre Mertens (Belgium)
    Ole Doering (Germany)
  5. Gender-Genetic-Futures II: Sex, Gender, Feminist, and Queer Perspectives on the New Genetic Technologies
    Eileen Lindner (USA) - convener
    Rose Mensah-Kutin (Ghana)
    Sigrid Graumann (Germany)
  6. Bioweapons and Military Applications of the New Human Genetic Technologies
    Jan van Aken (Germany) - convener
    Adina Aviram (Israel)
1:15 - 2:15 Reports from Working Groups
2:15 - 3:20 Summing Up / Discussion - What Have We Learned?
  • Ralf Fuecks (Heinrich Böll Foundation, Germany): Chair
  • Sarah Sexton (UK): Facilitator
3:20 - 3:30 Acknowledgements & Thanks; Adjourn