New genomic techniques (NGT) such as CRISPR/Cas make it possible to modify and adapt the genetic material of crops in a targeted and precise manner. Scientists see these innovative methods as an important component to complement conventional cultivation in the future. Their application makes it possible to overcome the limits of conventional plant breeding and thus contribute in many ways to a more sustainable agriculture adapted to the consequences of climate change.

To date, the use of NGT has been bound by the strict rules of European genetic engineering law, which dates back to 2001. However, the EU Commission sees great potential for sustainability in NGT - and is striving to reform the regulation of these technologies.

During the session, which will be moderated by the Wissenschaftskreis Genomik und Gentechnik e.V. (WGG) and followed by a discussion, experts will explain the possibilities of NGT to meet future challenges in plant cultivation and illustrate promising approaches and objectives on the basis of actual projects. In addition, the aspects of the regulatory debate within the EU will be highlighted and the prospects for future use of the potentials will be discussed.