Project Management Team
John Dryzek, Simon Niemeyer and Nicole Curato from the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra, Dianne Nicol from the Centre for Law and Genetics at the University of Tasmania and Sonya Pemberton from Genepool Productions in Melbourne, Australia and Antoine Vergne from Missions Publiques have an ambitious plan to convene the world’s first Global Citizens’ Assembly on genome editing. The proposed assembly is intended to provide concrete response to the urgent ethical and regulatory questions in relation to genome editing technologies. The Global Citizens’ Assembly will bring together around one hundred participants representing different countries across all continents. Participants will take part in five days of deliberations about the global principles of governance of genome editing. They will have access to eminent scientists at the forefront of genomic research, ethicists, and other stakeholders. They will have the ear of decision-makers at national and global levels. Central to the design of the Global Citizens’ Assembly is its ambition to provoke a global conversation about genome editing. The Global Citizens’ Assembly will be featured in a three-part science documentary series about how citizens of the world might weigh in on one of the most consequential and complicated issues of scientific ethics.