Symposium on Science and Society “Integrety of Science under Attack”

ENSSER and the European Environment Agency (EEA) are cooperating in convening the Seminar on Science and Socity ‘Integraty of Science under Attack’. This public seminar took place on April 15 and 16 at the EEA headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.

ENSSER and EEA present current controversial cases of environmental and health risk assessments and policy decisions. International speakers also inform about the pressure excerted on critical scientists and independent journalists who publish data and interpretations contradicting the information given by the developers of GE crops and chemicals. A third topic will be the increasing dependency of risk research and risk assessment on explicit and implicit restrictions imposed by the IPR holders of the assessed products.

The content of the presentations and discussions at the workshop do not reflect the views of the EEA, its Management Board, or any other institution of the European Communities.




Opening Session

  1. Current scientific controversies and the role of ENSSER Jacqueline McGlade, EEA Executive Director
  1. Omitted research and challenges Angelika Hilbeck, ENSSER Chairperson


Research, Regulation & Commerce – Current Challenges (Part 1)

  1. “Late Lessons – Early Warning Vol. 2” Illustrative case David Gee, European Environmental Agency (EEA), Denmark
  1. Commercialisation of Sciences Claudia Neubauer, Fondation Sciences Citoyennes (FSC), France
  1. Industrial control of research – US experiences and recent developments Doug Guerian-Sherman, Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), USA
  1. Trends in science policy and climate change in Mexico Amparo Martìnez, Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad (UCCS), Mexico
  1. Avian/Swine flu: the dangerous link between science and hype Ernesto Burgio, International Society of Doctors for Environment (ISDE), Italy


Research, Regulation & Commerce – Current Challenges (Part 2)

  1. Health effects of commercialized GM crops Gilles-Eric Séralini, Comité de Recherche et d’Information Indépendantes sur le génie GENétique (CRIIGEN) / University of Caen, France
  1. Bt maize and reproductive effects in mice Alberta Velimirov, consultant, Austria
  1. GMO Risk Assessment – EU experiences and recent developments Beatrix Tappeser, Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN), Germany
  1. Bt maize in center of origin – Mexican experiences and recent developments Alma Pinyero, Unión de Científicos Comprometidos con la Sociedad (UCCS), Mexico