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Redesigning the Tree of Life: Synthetic Biology and the Future of Food

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60 Lowther Avenue

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REDESIGNING THE TREE OF LIFE: SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY AND THE FUTURE OF FOOD

A participatory learning conference, informed by expert presentations, with time to build the relationships and shared learning that make future shared work possible.

Theological and ethical reflection, learning, organizing.

This event is designed to provide an opportunity to share and ground our work in theological and ethical reflection; build relationships for future work; learn about the connections across synthetic biology, the future of food, and sustainable agriculture; and organize for advocacy and public engagement at, among others, the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, the Committee on World Food Security, and the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals.



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Thursday, November 2

6:00pm Welcome and opening prayer. Territorial acknowledgement.
6:30pm Dinner (catered)
7:00pm Introductions and Getting to know one another over food
7:30pm Reflection panel. Theology, technology, ethics - why is this important for faith communities?
8:30pm Outline/program for the next two days. Evening closing prayer.

Friday, November 3

9:00am Welcome, prayer and reflection.
9:30am Synthetic Biology. Big picture of synthetic biology, lay of the land and setting the stage for breakout sessions.
10:00am 4 mini-'programs' plus questions, dialogue café style with facilitatin, self-selected groups rotating once or twice.
11:30am Tea / Coffee / Snack / Exercise Break
12:00pm Public policy perspective
1:00pm Lunch
2:30pm Storytelling on synthetic biology and sustainable agriculture: Views from Canada, US, Mexico, and elsewhere: Stories about how synthetic biology is impacting farmers, communities - plus questions.
3:30pm Tea / Coffee / Snack / Exercise Break
4:00pm Large Group Dialogue
6:00pm Dinner (nearby restaurant, not included in registration price)
7:30pm Public event with additional co-sponsors
9:00pm Closing reflection

Saturday, November 4

9:00am Opening Reflection
9:30am What is being done - and what we can do. Advocacy on policy and regulatory framework for synthetic biology. Promoting ethical and theological reflections on synthetic biology. Bolstering local movements of communities of faith and social groups.
11:00am Tea / Coffee / Snack / Exercise Break
11:30am What can we/will we do together? Priorities - Actions - Timelines. How will we know when we are successful? Will we have a common, shared statement we will all want to agree on at this stage?
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Looking Ahead. Agree on 3 priorities - with actions - that we will focus on and work on - as individuals, communities/faith groups, nationally, and internationally. What are some time-lines for us?
3:00pm Thanks and Gratitude. Closing reflection.
3:30pm Adjourn.


Subsidies are available for those needing financial assistance with registration fees (please email Peter Noteboom [noteboom@councilofchurches.ca] with the circumstances and your request).

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