• seminar
  • Workshop
  • Platform Biology
  • University of Bern

Rigi Workshop 2019: Editing the code of human life – biological, ethical and legal perspectives

Rigi Workshop, where disciplines meet

Apr 25
Apr 27
Hotel Rigi Kulm

Meeting point

Rigi Kulm
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The workshop aims to bring together researchers from different disciplines to learn from each other and to understand the different challenges and opportunities associated with human genome editing.

Genome editing enables the deletion, modification or introduction of gene sequences. With the discovery of the CRISPR/Cas9 system it became a method which is broadly applicable and highly specific, also in humans. For biologists it is a new, powerful and important tool, lawyers are confronted with regulatory challenges and for ethicists it raises different questions how and for what purposes the technology should be applied. During the workshop a particular focus will be set on the context of reproductive medicine, where we will compare the new challenges with similar questions our society was previously confronted.

This 3-day course is held in English


  • ‚‚Prof. Dr. Isabel Roditi, Institute of Cell Biology, University of Bern
  • ‚‚Prof. Dr. Claudia Seitz, Faculty of Law, University of Basel
  • ‚‚Dr. Anna Deplazes Zemp, Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Zurich

Please register online (registration will open soon) and submit an abstract of your research and a short letter of motivation for attending before February 28, 2019. The organizing committee will select the 30 most outstanding applicants to participate in this workshop.

Isabel Roditi (Institute of Cell Biology, University of Bern)
Luzia Guyer and Pia Stieger (Swiss Academy of Sciences)

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Platform Biology

main organiser

University of Bern


Platform Biology
Haus der Akademien
PO Box
3001 Bern

+41 31 306 93 38



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Registration fee: CHF 150.–
(Course material, accommodation and meals are covered by the organizers)

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Languages: English