International scientific workshop: ‘Non-target organisms and GM crops: Assessing the effects of Bt proteins’

29 November 2012

Time and place

29th – 30th November 2012
World Trade Center Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


The workshop will start at 10:00 AM on Thursday 29th and end at 17:00 PM on Friday 30th November.


The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the Netherlands Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM) are organising a joint workshop to discuss the latest scientific insights on Bt proteins, the selection of non-target organisms, modelling and the experimental design of laboratory and field experiments, in the context of environmental risk assessment. The aim of this workshop is to provide an overview of the most recent scientific knowledge on Bt proteins, and to identify issues for which further research might be needed in support of the risk assessment of GM crops.


The effects of Bt crops on non-target organisms remain a topic of debate among scientists, risk assessors and the general public. The workshop aims to bring together scientists and experts on risk assessment from EU Member States. The following experts will give a state-of-the-art overview of their scientific work on Bt proteins and the identification of potential adverse effects on non-target organisms:

  • Ramon Albajes, Departament de Producció Vegetal i Ciència Forestal, Universitat de Lleida, Spain
  • Salvatore Arpaia, Member of EFSA’s Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms, Italy
  • Thomas Bøhn, GenØk – Centre for Biosafety, Norway
  • Alejandra Bravo, Instituto de Biotecnologia, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  • Jian Duan, Beneficial Insects Research Unit, USDA, United States of America
  • Angelika Hilbeck, Institute of Integrative Biology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland
  • Tjalling Jager, Department of Theoretical Biology, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands
  • Louise Malone, the New Zealand Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited, New Zealand
  • Michael Meissle, Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station, Switzerland
  • Joe Perry, Chair of EFSA’s Panel on Genetically Modified Organisms, the United Kingdom
  • Stefan Rauschen, formerly at Department of Plant Physiology, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Jörg Romeis, Agroscope Reckenholz-Tänikon Research Station, Switzerland
  • Emma Rosi-Marshall, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, United States of America
  • Kees van Frankenhuyzen, Great Lakes Forestry Centre, Natural Resources Canada, Canada


Participation to the workshop will be limited to approximately 100 participants. No conference fee will be charged. Participants will be selected based on their scientific expertise and/or proven interest in the area of GM plants.


Registration for this event is now closed. 

More information

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