Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker for Plenary Session I "Advancing Environmental Risk Assessment of GMOs – Learning from the Past to Further Advance Environmental Risk Assessment” 5 June 2017

Dr. Fred Gould

University Professor of Entomology & Co-Director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center of North Carolina State University 

Dr. Fred Gould is a Distinguished University Professor of Entomology and Co-Director of the Genetic Engineering and Society Center of North Carolina State University. He studies the ecology and genetics of pests to improve food production and human and environmental health. Dr. Gould's research on the application of evolutionary biology and population genetics to sustainable insect pest management has influenced the regulatory framework for the deployment of transgenic insect resistant crops in the United States and globally. His current work is aimed at development of strategies for using engineered insect vectors of pathogens to decrease human disease. His research and major contributions have earned him numerous national and international awards, including the Alexander von Humboldt Award in 2004, which is presented annually to the person judged to have made the most significant contribution to American agriculture during the previous 5 years. In 2011, he was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Dr. Gould has served on several NAS–National Research Council (NRC) committees studying the environmental and health effects of the commercialization of genetically engineered crops. 

He recently chaired the NAS–NRC committee on "Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects”. He currently serves on the NRC’s Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources and the NAS Nominating Committee. He is a fellow of the Entomological Society of America and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Gould is the author or a coauthor of more than 190 refereed publications. He received his BS in biology from Queens College and a PhD in ecology and evolutionary biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Keynote Speaker for Plenary Session II "Advancing Environmental Risk Assessment of GMOs – Present Challenges” 6 June 2017 

Sheila Jasanoff

Dr. Sheila Jasanoff

Professor of Science & Technology Studies, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Sheila Jasanoff is Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Previously, she was founding chair of Cornell University’s Department of Science and Technology Studies. At Harvard, she founded and directs the Program on Science, Technology and Society. Jasanoff’s research centers on the interactions of law, science, and politics in democratic societies. She has written more than 100 articles and book chapters and authored or edited more than a dozen books, including The Fifth Branch, Science at the Bar, and Designs on Nature. An edited volume, Dreamscapes of Modernity, was published in 2015. Her newest book, The Ethics of Invention, appeared in 2016.

Jasanoff has held numerous distinguished professorships in the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan. She was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and Karl W. Deutsch Guest Professor at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. Her awards include a Guggenheim fellowship, the Austrian Government’s  Ehrenkreuz, the George Sarton Chair of the University of Ghent, the Bernal award of the Society for Social Studies of Science, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Twente. She is a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. She holds an A.B. in Mathematics from Harvard College, a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Keynote Speaker for Plenary Session III "Advancing Environmental Risk Assessment of GMOs – Looking Ahead to Future Opportunities and Challenges” 8 June 2017

Professor Tim Benton

Professor of Population Ecology, University of Leeds & UK Global Food Security programme

Professor Tim Benton is the "Champion” for the UK’s Global Food Security programme, leading, facilitating and coordinating its activities. The Global Food Security programme is a partnership of the UK’s main public funders of research in food security, including the research councils and government departments (such as the Department of Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs, the Department for International Development, the Department of Health, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Food Standards’ Agency and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales). The role of GFS is to identify the challenges to food security, through a systems approach, and to ensure that strategically important research in this area is undertaken and communicated to stakeholders in policy, industry and civil society. He is also a leading researcher, based at the University of Leeds, on agri-environment interactions and finding ways to make agri-food systems more sustainable and more resilient.

Following undergraduate studies in Oxford and post-graduate studies in Cambridge, Dr. Benton worked in the University of East Anglia, the Universities of Stirling and Aberdeen before moving to Leeds in 2005. At Leeds, he has been head of his department and Pro-Dean for Research in the Faculty of Biological Sciences, and the Chair of Africa College, a University partnership with the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture in Africa. He has published over 150 papers, most tackling the core themes of agriculture’s environmental impact and more generally how ecological systems respond to environmental change.