News and past events

Upcoming Events

Plant genome editing in Europe: a young researchers perspective

Hosted by EuropaBio and Genesprout Initiative

Date: 29th September 2020; 15:00 – 16:15

Registration: LINK

Join a dialogue between young plant scientists from Europe and overseas who will discuss their views on genome editing in their research context, as well as their views for the future of genome editing in Europe in light of the 2018 ECJ ruling and the currently ongoing Commission study on New Genomic techniques.  


October 2020

1st: GeneSprout Initiative is hosting another session for MSc students at the WUR following the course ‘Current Topics in Plant Biotechnology’.

Past Events

September 2020

Genesprout Initiative was asked by the Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) to present about the use of new plant breeding techniques in agriculture.

This event was considered by the audience, a group with mixed backgrounds in studies, as incredibly interesting, shedding a light on the science behind genome editing.

Thanks again to the SFYN for inviting us! And thanks to Charlotte van den Arend to make the picture for the SFYN. 

 November 2019

GeneSprout Initiative gave at the ‘Current Topics In Biotechnology’ course organized by plant biotechnology master students at Wageningen University. 

The topic of this evening was ‘Entrepreneurship’ 

Our goal here was to ask  students  to find a cause they are passionate about and inspire them to start their very own initiative, just like we did!

November 2019

The GeneSprout Initiative gave a talk at the COST Action PlantED conference on Plant Genome Editing in Novi Sad, Serbia. This international conference brought together people from all over the world  that are working on the technical, social and political impacts of New plant breeding techniques.

 October  2019

GeneSprout Initiative hosted a one day workshop called “Plants and Patents” in collaboration with the Graduate School of Experimental Plant Sciences (EPS). The workshop was given by the Patent office of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the Corporate Value creation office of  WUR. 

Some key topics covered were:

If allowed in Europe can plants edited using CRISPR be patented?  What are the pros/cons of patents over breeders rights?

How can you protect your own ideas or research as a young scientist? and who owns  your work?

June 2019

We organised a side-event at the prestigious CRISPR Con (2019). Our side-event was called CRISPR for Us: A Chat with Young Professionals. We hosted a panel discussion consisting of young professionals, and openly reflected what it means to be a young scientist working on and with CRISPR-related research.
The event was well-received amongst the many attendants of the conference.

May 2019

GeneSprout Initiative hosted an event last May in cooperation with the “Pint of Science” festival at Wageningen. GeneSprout Initiative gave a presentation answering questions like: 
What is CRISPR? How does it compare to more traditional methods of breeding?
An open discussion followed to explore the feelings of the public regarding CRISPR and its (potential) use in agriculture.

March 2019

The GeneSprout Initiative was recently featured in an article about the legislation of GMO’s in the Wageningen World Magazine, the global magazine of Wageningen University alumni .Read about our reasons to start this initiative and our goals! The article can be read online here. You will also be redirected by clicking the thumbnail of the magazine to the right.