Global Genetic Resources, Beltsville Symposium XXI
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Global Genetic Resources:
Access, Ownership and Intellectual Property Rights
May 19-22, 1996
Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Association of Systematics Collections
Beltsville Symposium XXI
The purpose of this symposium is to explore issues related to
ownership of and access to genetic resources and biological specimens
as they affect the ability of scientists to do their job of providing
knowledge to benefit the people of the world. While scientists desire
free, international distribution of germplasm and scientific
information on biodiversity, current forces and trends are leading
away from this position. A mutually beneficial compromise is needed
and this meeting will explore these possibilities.
Sunday Evening, May 19
Registration, 5:00-8:00 PM, and Mixer and Poster Session,
7:00-9:00 PM, at the Holiday Inn.
I. Monday, May 20
Registration: 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Session I. Use of Genetic Resources: The Problem
Welcome - Floyd Horn, Administrator, Agricultural Research Service,
Keynote Address: Biodiversity and the equitable use of the world's
genetic resources. Peter Day, Center for Agricultural Molecular
Biology, Cook College-Rutgers, New Brunswick, New Jersey
Sustainable use of little-known biological resources: policy choices
for governments. Speaker TBA.
North vs South Issues: Politics of Germplasm Collecting and
Collections. Daniel Witmeyer, Alexandria, Virginia.
Summary of Legal Issues. Laws., International Treaties including the
Biodiversity Treaty. Bill Lesser, Cornell University, Ithaca, New
The Biodiversity Convention and the Flow of Scientific Information.
John Barton, Stanford University, Stanford, California.
Monday, May 20
Session II. Value of Specimen-Based Research to the Global Community
Opening talk: "How can scientists maximize the worth of biological
resources to society?" Quentin Wheeler, Cornell University, Ithaca,
Introduced Parasites and Emerging Diseases. Eric Hoberg,
Biosystematic Parasitology Unit, ARS, Beltsville, Maryland
Developing Fungi as Biocontrol Agents. Amy Rossman, U.S. National
Fungus Collections, ARS, Beltsville, Maryland
Germplasm and agricultural products. Henry Shands, Germplasm
Resources Leader, ARS, Beltsville, Maryland
Insects. Natalia Vandenburg, Systematic Entomology Laboratory, ARS,
Microbial products. Jennie Hunter-Cevera, Lawrence Livermore
Laboratory, Oakland, CA.
Vascular plants. Vicki Funk, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.
Horticulture: its economic undervaluing in society. Thomas Elias,
National Arboretum, Washington, DC.
Monday Evening, Media Panel Discussion with Paul Raeburn, Science
Editor, Associated Press, New York, NY.
Tuesday Morning, May 21. Continuation of case studies.
Plant collecting. Maxine Thompson, Oregon State University,
Tissue collection and exchange. Fred Sheldon, Louisiana State
University, Baton Rouge.
Session III. Models For Equitable Use Of Genetic Resources
Harvesting wild edible, mycorrhizal fungi in Oaxaca, Mexico. Ignacio
Chapela, University of California, Berkeley
Marine Biodiversity Prospecting. Shirley Pomponi, Harbor Branch
Oceanographic Institute, FL.
The African viewpoint. Maurice Iwu, Silver Spring, MD.
The Canadian viewpoint. Jacques Surprenaut, CLBRR, Ottawa, Ontario.
The United States position. John Matuzak, U.S. State Department,
Washington, D.C. (tentative)
Summary and opening comment from Discussion Leader; discussion.
Tuesday Afternoon, May 21.
Session IV. Potential Solutions For Equitable Use Of Genetic Resources
Opening talk: The International Germplasm Collections under the Rule
of the Biodiversity Convention. Wolfgang Siebeck, CGIAR, Washington,
DC, Geoff. Hawtin and Jan Engles, IPGRI, Rome.
Biodiversity Prospecting and Models for Collections Resources:
NSF/USAID/NIH model. Barbara Timmermann, University of Arizona,
Material Transfer Agreements. Marie Freire, Office of Technology
Transfer, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.
Equitable use of biodiversity in Mexico through the sustainable
development of plants and plants products. Oscar Dorado Rameriz,
Universidad Autonomo de Morelos, Cuernavaca, Mexico.
Discussant opens discussion period with 10 minute summary and lead
EVENING BANQUET at Patuxent Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center, Laurel,
Wednesday Morning, May 22. Continuation of potential solutions.
Model Biodiversity Legislation as a Tool for Promoting Conservation
and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity. Walt Reid, World Resources
Institute, Washington, DC.
Scientists as Agents: How Collections can be Honest Brokers without
Excess Liability. Ray Cypess, American Type Culture Collection,
Policy implications and summary of the meeting. Discussion of
solutions to problems defined early in the meeting: E. Hoagland,
May 22, Afternoon
ASC policy work session for those interested in remaining. Develop
white paper for ASC to present to Congress and federal agencies.
Chair Quentin Wheeler, ASC President.
ASC ANNUAL MEETING
Pre-Symposium ASC Workshop on Government Relations for Institutions
Saturday Afternoon., May 18 and Sunday Morning, May 19 Including
This workshop is intended for institutional leaders who are interested
in learning how they and their institutions can be more effective
voices for the institution, their community, and issues of concern.
Government relations experts from Congress and the not-for-profit
community will speak in a series of roundtable discussions. There
will also be a mock Congressional Hearing with museum directors acting
as witnesses, and a mock press conference with real science reporters
asking questions and giving tips about effective presentations.
There will be a description of the current sociopolitical climate
(which is similar in the U.S. and Canada), and of upcoming issues, and
where we can be effective. Much of the time will be devoted to
learning how to use the unique local resources of biological
collections to engage the interest of policymakers at the national and
local levels. The workshop will provide practical tips, and will help
institutions set priorities regarding the issues and approaches that
they may wish to take, to maximize their effectiveness. ASC's own
government relations program and that of the American Association of
Museums provide a context for institutions to develop their outreach
to policymakers. Speakers will include ASC's Executive Director
Elaine Hoagland and Jason Hall, head of the government affairs
department at AAM.
Registration for the pre-symposium workshop is $65; see registration
Sunday, May 19 PM ASC business meeting (open to all)
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published Proceedings, Banquet, lunches and evening socials)
________ $225 after April 1, 1996 (same as above)
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Beltsville Symposium XXI/ASC Annual Meeting
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If you wish to present a poster at the Symposium, please provide the
information below by March 1, 1996. Additional information will be
sent to authors after receipt of registration. Posters will be
displayed in the Holiday Inn, College Park during evening social hours
and noon breaks.
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn, 10000 Baltimore
Blvd., College Park, Maryland 20740, 1-800-872-5564. Make hotel
reservations by April 15, 1996 for the special rate of $69 per night
Amy Y. Rossman, Director
U.S. National Fungus Collections
10300 Baltimore Ave.
Beltsville, MD 20705
email: amy at fungi.ars-grin.gov
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