Philipp Lachenmann: DELPHI Rationale


Gene editing: On the way to the super plant?

24.10.2017, Berlin | More productive plants to combat the hunger in the world? Plants that protect themselves against insects? Robust plant types that defy climate change? Genetic engineering promises to make all of this possible. Thanks to the discovery of genetic “scissors” like CRISPR/Cas9, plant breeding is currently experiencing a revolution, for the method is fast, precise, and significantly less expensive than previous methods. But how exactly do genetic scissors work? What new plant types can be cultivated through genome editing? And are the new breeding methods really suited to making more precise interventions? Do we need new regulations to minimize the risks to our health and the environment? These questions will be addressed by the platform “Die Debatte” (The Debate) – online at and live at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hanover on November 1, 2017, at 7 p.m.


Debate on Green Genetic Engineering

with background information, videos and interviews


November 1, 2017, 7 pm

Schloss Herrenhausen Hannover
Herrenhäuser Str. 5
30419 Hannover

Jens Boch, Institute of Plant Genetics, Leibniz University Hannover
Thomas Rippel, Biofarmer, Switzerland
Sarah Bechtold, Institut Technik-Theologie-Naturwissenschaften, München

Admission is free. Registration is not required.

The event will be livestreamed at

The platform „The Debate”

Science crucially contributes to the development of our society. In the public perception, however, it not only represents progress but is often seen as a threat to human safety and security. The more science changes the conditions of life in ways that are tangible to everyone, the more it needs to engage in a constructive dialogue with society. To enable citizens to participate in this discussion, it takes a solid general education in the sciences and an understanding of scientific research.

The initiative Wissenschaft im Dialog (Science in Dialogue), the Science Media Center Germany, and the Technische Universität Braunschweig have launched the platform “The Debate.” It offers a space for discussing controversial science topics and scientific perspectives on socially relevant and much-debated topics. This takes place in the form of live debates, factual videos, multimedia information tools, and interviews.

The Ernst Schering Foundation is pleased to be able to support the platform “The Debate.”


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