Policy Workshop at the Gordon Conference on Marine Natural Products

Gordon Conference, Ventura CA

Join the Policy Workshop at the Gordon Conference on Marine Natural Products taking place in Ventura, California, United States on Tuesday the 12th of March from 14:00-16:00. 

In the last few years, significant policy changes have occurred that may affect how marine natural products research is conducted. Whilst the UN Convention on Biological Diversity’s Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing regulates access to marine biodiversity within a state’s jurisdiction, a new UN Agreement will regulate access to biological materials in the ocean beyond national jurisdiction (the UN Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction or BBNJ Agreement). 

In addition, the Convention on Biological Diversity is discussing how to regulate ‘Digital Sequence Information’ which may include access to DNA and RNA sequence information and possibly proteome and metabolome data.

This workshop, organised by  BlueRemediomics partners from the University of Aberdeen, aims to raise awareness of these two new legal instruments and what obligations may be placed on researchers working in the ocean in areas beyond national jurisdiction as well as explaining the different options being discussed for regulating digital sequence information.

This will be an interactive session with plenty of time to address concerns and questions. We look forward to seeing you there.

This session is jointly organised by the EU-BlueRemediomics Project and the UK DEFRA DEEPEND Project.