14th April 2015
Deadline: Abstract submissions should be received by 23/1/2015 (decisions announced 30/1/2015)
As part of the AHRC-funded Cultivating Innovation project the University of Leeds is hosting at the John Innes Centre a one-day conference bringing together plant breeders and agricultural scientists with historians, philosophers, and scholars from other disciplines for a fresh look at intellectual property in agriculture and plant breeding.
The conference will take place at the John Innes Centre from the morning of Tuesday 14th of April. The closing keynote address will be given by Professor Daniel Kevles (Yale).
Abstracts are invited for talks on the following aspects of intellectual property and its relations to agriculture and plant breeding, from any disciplinary perspective within the humanities and sciences:
- IP and plant science
- IP and agriculture
- IP and genetic modification
- IP and food security
- IP and bioscience industries
If you are unsure about the potential suitability of your paper, please email the conference organiser, Dr Dominic Berry, email@example.com
All presentations will be video recorded and made available to the public through YouTube.
The Cultivating Innovation project <www.cultivatinginnovation.org> is led by Professors Gregory Radick and Graeme Gooday at the University of Leeds. The aim is to bring greater attention to the role of intellectual property in science past and present, with a particular emphasis on agriculture and the plant sciences. Given the public-facing nature of the project, we will be encouraging all speakers to spend a little of their time explaining a particular aspect of IP law/theory/social importance, that would either a) typically be explained in a manner too complex for a general audience, or b) would be found only in academic texts.
Please send us your submission in the order outlined below:
- Your name, email address, and a short biography (explaining your current position and any particularly relevant background experience).
- Title for conference paper.
- Abstract for conference paper (up to 300 words).
- Then please briefly say what aspect of IP law/theory you would like to explain to the public, provided you were able to present at our conference (up to 100 words). Rather than actually explaining the idea in question, please do focus on why you think it would benefit society for more people to understand this point. The following example is taken from the perspective of a potential scientific speaker, it is purely illustrative. All speakers should feel free to propose the importance of any idea, and should not feel bound in any sense by this example.
I would explain (in a way that is friendly to a general audience) how techniques for identifying single nucleotide polymorphisms have changed in the past twenty years, because too often public discussion stops at ‘genes’ and how they operate, when the genome should be seen quite differently. This would help people better understand what plant intellectual property laws do (and do not) capture about nature.
All four parts of the submission outlined above, should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and (preferably!) titled ‘Cultivating Innovation abstract submission’.
Thank you from the Cultivating Innovation team.