20 - 31 March 2023
In decision 15/31, the Conference of the Parties (COP) established a process for broad and regular horizon scanning, monitoring and assessment of the most recent developments in synthetic biology. This process should consist of (a) Information gathering; (b) Compilation, organization and synthesis of information; (c) Assessment and (d) Reporting on outcomes.
Likewise, the COP decided that the trends in new technological developments in synthetic biology identified by the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Synthetic Biology and the multidisciplinary Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group will inform the horizon scanning, monitoring and assessment of the following intersessional period, and requested the Executive Secretary to convene online discussions of the Open-Ended Online Forum on Synthetic Biology to gather information that will inform the work of the multidisciplinary Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) and support the overall process.
The outcomes of the multidisciplinary AHTEG will be submitted to the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice for their review of the effectiveness of the process and make recommendations to COP.
In response to these requests, the Secretariat would like to convene the Open-Ended Online Forum on Synthetic Biology from 20 to 31 March 2023 to begin collecting information to support the overall process and the work of the multidisciplinary AHTEG.
The forum will be moderated by: Dr. Martin Cannell, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The forum opened at 12:00PM (noon) on Monday, 20 March 2023, Montreal time (Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)).
The forum closed at 17:00 (5pm) on Friday, 31 March 2023, Montreal time (Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)).