Symposium: Agricultural Biotechnology and Sustainability


Modern biotechnology holds enormous potential to solve many of the world’s intransigent problems in medicine, agriculture, energy and the environment. At the same time, questions regarding safety, environmental impacts, bioethics, intellectual property rights and social equity of biotechnology remain unanswered.

The Politics of Biomedical Research: Issues, Information and Policy Decision-Making

The Center for the Study of Democratic Politics is sponsoring a one-day symposium on the politics of biomedical research. The goal of the symposium is to investigate the impact of different types of information flows (specifically scientific, political and market) on the policy process and outcomes in biomedical research in the United States. 

Innovative Ways for Public and Private Institutions to Value Environmental Goods

The goal of this conference is to bring together financial, corporate, government, and non-governmental experts to discuss innovative methods to address environmental concerns. Over the last ten years, the global community has seen an emergence of new ways to deal with environmental concerns and value environment goods. These range from voluntary programs that integrate green business procedures to the development of public- private partnerships to the mainstreaming of financial instruments that encourage environmentally sound investment.

Feeding a Hot and Hungry Planet: The Challenge of Making More Food and Fewer Greenhouse Gases

Princeton University

As part of the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 Ethics and the Environment Lecture Series, the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) is hosting a one-day symposium and a two-day conference on campus (both events are open to the public, registration suggested) that seek to explore the scientific, policy and ethical questions presented by the need to greatly boost food production to feed a growing world population while reducing agriculture’s contribution of about 30 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases.

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