On October 12-15, 2003, some 90 civil society representatives from 70 organizations and 30 countries met in Berlin, Germany to share their concerns on issues raised by the new human genetic technologies, and to lay the groundwork for collaborative efforts in support of needed policies. To our knowledge, it was the first international conference of its kind to focus on these issues.

The conference, "Within and Beyond the Limits to Human Nature," was sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Institut Mensch, Ethik und Wissenschaft, both in Germany, in collaboration with the Center for Genetics and Society, in the United States.

This website is a record of that conference. It contains:


By the close of the conference, plans were under discussion for many subsequent activities.

For more information concerning the conference itself, follow-up events, or other initiatives, please contact:

For information on subscribing to the mail-serve set up to share information about the topics discussed at the conference, please email Stephan Ertner of the Heinrich Böll Foundation at bioethics@boell.de.

For questions about this website, please email Jesse Reynolds of CGS at info@biopolitics-berlin2003.org.