Workshop: Digital Sequence Information, Open Access, and Sustainable Benefit Sharing: Scientific Input to International Policy Decisions

When?     Tuesday, January 21, 2020 (starting at 12:00 pm) until
                  Wednesday, January 22, 2020 (ending at 5:00 pm)
Where?    The Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig (Leibniz Association)
                  Museumsmeile Bonn, Adenauerallee 160, 53113, Bonn, Germany

The Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will meet in October 2020 in Kunming, China* to negotiate and define the international biodiversity targets for the next 10 years. In parallel to these discussions, the issue of benefit sharing from “Digital Sequence Information” (DSI) arising from Genetic Resources accessed under the Nagoya Protocol and CBD will also be negotiated. At stake in these negotiations for biologists is open access to sequence data via the large public databases.
In order to avoid worst-case scenarios, science-based solutions for benefit sharing that do not endanger open access are urgently needed. The scientific community must engage and proactively develop interdisciplinary and fair solutions for all concerned in advance of these negotiations. To this end, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has funded an interdisciplinary project led by the Leibniz Institute DSMZ and the Leibniz Institute IPK Gatersleben to research DSI policy options and involve the scientific stakeholder community.
To better understand the scientific needs and involve scientists in these policy developments, we will host the workshop on “Digital Sequence information, Open Access, and Sustainable Benefit Sharing: Scientific Input to International Policy Decisions”.

*Please note that the meeting has now been postponed due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic.

Workshop Agenda

Download the tentative agenda here.

Graphic recordings

Graphic recordings (by Katrin Faensen) of the Bonn workshop. Click to enlarge the image.

Workshop report

Download the workshop report here.

Upcoming workshops

Januar 23, 2020: The 8th Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) Roundtable will be hosted by the German Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz, BfN) in Bonn from 11:00 am -16:30 pm. The focus of the workshop will be “International processes around DSI”. Participants of the scientific workshop are encouraged to attend. Please contact Johannes Jürging (Johannes.Juerging @ bmu.bund.de) for more information or to register.

March 2020:  EU scientific stakeholder workshop in Brussels