Summer School Programme 2014

Summer School on Environmental Risk Assessment (ERA) of GM crops

AMIGA Summer School 2014 will combine lectures from international speakers and case studies, group work to provide a stimulating learning experience. The seminars will be provided by experienced researchers working in AMIGA project and external experts. Participants will be selected on the basis of their submitted applications, which require a description of qualifications to date, relevance interests and experience in regards to a special topic of relevance to the course.

Venue: Teagasc Crops Research – Oak Park (1hr south of Dublin), Carlow, Ireland
Date: 2 – 5 September 2014

Programme:

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2nd

   Session 1 

8.15am – 8.45am

Registration Coordinated by Minerva and Teagasc at the Cereals’ Meeting room, Oak Park, Carlow

8.45am – 9.00am

Welcome and objectives of school by Ewen Mullins (Teagasc)
Official opening by Dr. Frank O’Mara, Teagasc Director of Research

9.00am – 9.15am

What is ‘AMIGA’ and what are its goals?
By Salvatore Arpaia, ENEA

9.15am – 10.00am

The role of EFSA and its GMO panel in GMO risk assessment
By Elisabeth Waigmann, EFSA

10.00am – 10.40am

What is ERA and why do we need it?
By Salvatore Arpaia, ENEA

10.40am – 11.00am

Tea/coffee break

Theme: Interactions between GM crops and non-target organisms (NTOs)

 Session 2 

11.00am – 11.30am

Breakout groups formed (5 persons/group, 5 groups) for briefing on the GM crop that they must design an ERA for using the subject matter presented over the following sessions

11.30am – 12.15pm

Estimating impacts on agro-ecosystems
By Salvatore Arpaia, ENEA

12.15pm – 1.00pm

Environmental fate of recombinant proteins from GM crops – A case study with Bt-maize
By Christoph Tebbe, Thünen-Institut für Biodiversität

1.00pm – 2.15pm

Lunch in The Granary restaurant, Oak Park

Theme: Gene flow and its relevance to ERAs

 
Session 3

2.15pm – 3.00pm

Biological and environmental aspects of cross pollination and introgression (gene to landscape)
By Geoff Squire, JHI

3.00pm – 3.45pm

Gene flow modelling: case study with HT and IR crops
By Antoine Messean, INRA

3.45pm – 4.00pm

Tea/coffee break

4.00pm – 4.45pm

How to assess the probability of horizontal gene transfer in the environment
By Christoph Tebbe, Thünen-Institut für Biodiversität

4.45pm – 6.00pm

Group discussion

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3rd

Theme: Communicating the results of GM crop ERAs I

Session 4

9.00am – 11.00am

Communication workshop: what to do and what not to do
By Minerva

11.00am – 11.15am

Tea/coffee break

Theme: Ecological and environmental risk and Post-market environmental modelling

 Session 5

11.15am – 12.00pm

Compare GMO-centred and ecosystem-centred approaches (gene to landscape)
By Geoff Squire, JHI

12.00pm – 12.45pm

Role of Post-Market Environmental Monitoring and its interplay with ERA
By Antoine Messean, INRA

12.45pm – 2.15pm

Lunch in The Granary restaurant, Oak Park

2.15pm – 3.00pm

Ecosystem services and protection goals for Environmental Risk Assessment
By Salvatore Arpaia, ENEA

Theme: Impact of gene flow on coexistence 

Session 6

3.00pm – 3.45pm

Impact of gene flow on coexistence strategies
By Tina D’Hertefeldt, Lund University

3.45pm – 4.00pm

Tea/coffee break

4.00pm – 4.45pm

Impact of seed-mediated gene flow from potato crops
by Ewen Mullins (Teagasc)

4.45pm – 6.00pm

Group discussion

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4th

Theme: The importance of statistics for ERAs 

Session 7

9.00am – 12.00am

The statistics of environmental risk assessment I and II
By Hilko van der Voet, DLO

Theme:  Communicating the results of GM crop ERAs II

 Session 8

12.00am – 12.45pm

How is ERA perceived by society
By Bert Lotz, DLO

12.45pm – 2.15pm

Lunch in The Granary restaurant, Oak Park

Theme: GM adoption for commercial purpose v. necessity 

Session 9

2.15pm – 3.00pm

Current status of GM within the EU v. global perspective
By Julian Park, University of Reading

3.00pm – 3.45pm

The Spanish Experience
By Cristina Chueca and Manuel Gonzalez Nuñez, INIA

4.00pm – 4.45pm

GM in developing countries
By Gabor Lovei, University of Aarhus

4.45pm – 6.00pm

Group discussion

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5th

9.15am – 10.45am

ERA presentation by Group I, II and III at ~30min / group

10.45am – 11.00am

Tea/coffee break

11.00am – 12.45pm

ERA presentation by Group IV and V at ~30min / group

12.45pm – 13.00pm

Workshop close and feedback discussion