Organisation and procedure: International Summer School. BEYOND THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE? Ethical, legal and societal aspects of genome editing in agriculture

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Title: BEYOND THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE? Ethical, legal and societal aspects of genome editing in agriculture
Funded by: German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)
Organized by: Institute TTN
Contact: Christian.Duernberger(at)

Date: The Summer School will take place from 2 October (Monday) - 6 October (Friday) 2017 at Studienhaus Gut Schönwag near Munich.

Important Appointments

Submission of abstracts (deadline): 31 March 2017
Submission of papers (deadline): 1 September 2017
Summer School: 2 October (Monday) - 6 October (Friday) 2017
Arrival possible: 1 October (Sunday), after 7 pm

Conference Language



Studienhaus Gut Schönwag,
Schönwag 4, 82405 Wessobrunn
(40 min from Munich)


By train from Munich central station to Weilheim station (hourly, journey time about 40 minutes). Taxis are waiting there.

By car from Munich in southern direction via A95 to Starnberg, from there via B2 to Weilheim. In Weilheim on ST2057 with direction to Landsberg, after 8 km in Zellsee you turn left in direction to Forst to Schönwag.

Target group

We invite up to 15 young researchers from all areas of the field to present and discuss their work within an interdisciplinary group of young scientists and a team of high profile experts from different disciplines.


- Abstract (about 400 words)
- CV + List of publications

Please send your application until 31 March 2017 to

Procedure at a glance

1. Submission of abstracts
2. Evaluation of abstracts by organizers + external experts
3. Applicants will be informed of the success of their application
4. Invited participants develop a full paper
5. Summer School
6. Participants revise their papers for the planned anthology
7. Publication*

* Although it is planned that the paper of every participant will be published in the antholgy, the organisers reserve the right to reject a paper if it does not meet the quality requirements.

Travel expenses will be reimbursed. Accommodation and meals are provided by the summer school. An expense allowance of 300,- Euro will be paid to each participant.

About the Organizer: Institute TTN

The Institute Technology · Theology · Natural Sciences  is an affiliated institute for applied ethics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (LMU) founded in 1992. It aims to promote a constructive and interdisciplinary discussion on ethical issues in sciences and technology.

Design of the Summer School

Fifteen outstanding junior scientists, determined by an assessment process will be invited to the Studienhaus Schönwag near Wessobrunn that offers single rooms with working desks, a library, W-LAN and a fully equipped seminar room.

Moderated by the organizers the participants of the summer school will be involved in an in-tense and interdisciplinary discussion. The summer school will be held in English and is sup-posed to enable the junior scientists to work independently. Therefore, the participants will give talks based on their discussion papers, which are then commented by a colleague and finally discussed in a moderated plenum. The talks will address the different thematic blocks, which are going to be elaborated at one day each.

Additionally external experts will give talks focusing on the main topic of the pertaining working day and will thereby improve the quality of the discussion following the talks of the junior scientists.