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12. July 2016 - GMOs: Threats, impacts and sustainable futures

08 Sep, 2016

LASERZurich will be featuring a renowned artist and a renowned scientist that will cross pollinate their research and creativity by presenting their own work. The following will be speaking from 18.00 to 20.00: Pat Badani and Angelika Hilbeck. This talk will be moderated by Boris Magrini. You are welcome to join us for dinner after the talk at Salotto Café.

Pat Badani

Artist, curator, editor and art professor having held full-time academic positions in the USA at Illinois State University and at Columbia College, Chicago. Since 2010 she is Editor-in-Chief of "Media-N, Journal of the New Media Caucus" and she is currently working on the latest edition: “Mestizo Technology: Art, Design and Technoscience in Latin America.” Born in Argentina, Badani has lived in Peru, Mexico, Canada, France and, eventually, the USA. Different places, cultures, and languages have shaped her experimental art projects. These investigate personal and collective territorial boundaries and aspects of globalization such as migration, transculturality and sustainable living. Badani earned degrees from the University of Alberta in Canada, and from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Pat Badani will talk about "AL GRANO", a New Media art project that she develops since 2010. The subject is the infiltration of Genetically Modified corn grown in the USA into Mexico - center of biodiversity for that crop - and the impact this has on indigenous farmers and on domesticated maize varieties developed in Mexico for millennia.

Angelika Hilbeck

Senior Scientist at the Institute of Intergrative Biology at ETH Zurich. Her studies and scientific interests focus on Environmental Biosafety and Agroecology of GMOs including biocontrol, sustainable farming practices, insect-plant interactions. Through numerous research and capacity building projects she is engaged in several developing countries in Africa, South America and Vietnam. Through this international work, she is increasingly involved in broader issues of technology development towards a democratically legitimated, sustainable global future and actively contributes to the debate on biosafety, international agriculture, hunger and poverty alleviation. In 2006, she was appointed as lead author of the International Assessment Agricultural Science Technology for Development (IAASTD). She is co-founder and acting chairperson of the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER). She is a member of the board of directors of the Swiss development organisation 'Bread for All’. Angelika Hilbeck will speak about competing conceptual underpinnings of different agro-food systems, envisioned solution options, and the need for transformation. The addressed topics will include but not be restricted to GMOs.