Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are much talked about in the scientific world, but GMO safety research - and in particular its results - is not. Advocates seeking to make GMO biosafety research known are now pushing for its recognition at national, European and global levels. Biosafety research must be presented to policymakers and the wider public in a comprehensible yet constructive way.
BIOSAFENET, a project that will guarantee Europe's consistent and effective initiatives in biosafety research, will bring GMO biosafety to the surface. BIOSAFENET's strategic objective is to contribute to the information and dialogue on the scientific issues related to GMO biosafety. It will also provide a platform for information and discussion on biotechnology.
Experts believe that plant biotechnology can play a significant role in the sustainability and technological development of safe agriculture and agricultural industry. The activities of BIOSAFENET are aligned with 'Global involvement of public research scientists in regulations of Biosafety and Agriculture Biotechnology'.
A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
A network involving European scientists specialising in GMO biosafety research is responsible for several activities: sourcing and amalgamating information on biosafety from current European GMO biosafety networks and EU research programmes; bringing together specialists from new EU Member States and Candidate Countries to deliberate upon GMO biosafety; using tools from the International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR) to bolster European specialists' roles in the biosafety debate; reviewing and disseminating research results; improving channels of communication; and building knowledge-based information on GMO biosafety for public debate.
Seminars, conferences and dissemination of information, among others, are some of the activities that BIOSAFENET carries out to ensure the success of the programme. These activities, as they fall within the general objectives and scope of the EU's "Food Quality and Safety" thematic priority, will focus on the individual and comparative assessment of safety, quality and environmental impact related to the production of GMO-based food.
MORE KNOWLEDGE, BETER COMUNICATION
The European partners, along with the international forums and seminars on biosafety, are expanding the boundaries of knowledge. This will help in settling key issues, like health, safety and the environment, that affect people all over the world. Moreover, an established web network not only assists scientists from New Member States and Candidate Countries to maintain contact, but it also offers them key regional information. The end result is an established common database containing integrated aspects for European biosafety research projects. A common knowledge base is also being developed, thus stimulating the coherent development of policies and reinforcing the foundation of the European research area.
The information system that is offered by BIOSAFENET gives researchers and industry the means to garner the facts and figures of international biosafety research and resources. The BIOSAFENET consortium anticipates that online marketing, data analysis and editorial activities will help fuel the development and sustainability of a communication infrastructure. Strengthening communication will encourage public understanding, thus achieving BIOSAFENET's objective to make biosafety research more recognised.
List of Partners
- Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry (Germany)
- International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Italy)
- Agricultural Research Centre of Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary)
- Genius (Germany)
- National Hellenic Research Foundation (Greece)
- Full title:
- Biosafety research communication network
- Contract n°:
- Project co-ordinator:
- Joachim Schiemann,
Federal Biological Research Centre for Agriculture and Forestry
- EC Scientific Officer:
- Ioannis Economidis,
- EU contribution:
- € 534,000
- Specific Support Action