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Call for Papers : Regional Meeting : Governance and Intellectual Property of Biotechnology

25 January 2012

The PFGS is delighted to announce our first Regional Meeting of 2012 for March 2nd :

Postgraduate Forum on Genetics and Society Regional Meeting –

“Governance and Intellectual Property of Biotechnology: Developed and Developing Countries Perspectives”

DATE: 2nd March 2012 

VENUE: The Moot Court, School of Law, University of Sheffield



– Abstract Submission Deadline (papers AND posters): 8th February

– Registration:  6th – 24th February

– Conference Date: 2nd March, 2012



Since its inception in 1998, the Postgraduate Forum in Genetics and Society has sought to provide a supportive environment for postgraduate students involved in Life Sciences, Ethics and Society. Funded by the ESRC through the Genomics Forum, the online community and regional meetings give postgraduates the opportunity to meet and network, and to present their research in a friendly and supportive atmosphere.


We cordially invite contributions for the first PFGS meeting for 2012, to be held at the University of Sheffield on the theme of “Governance and Intellectual Property of Biotechnology: Developed and Developing Countries Perspectives”. Further meetings will follow throughout the spring and summer.


Governance and IP are central to the progress of biotechnology in both developed and developing countries. We welcome offers of papers from all disciplinary areas covered by the meeting. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: recent trends in IP and Governance of Biotech including technology transfer in developing countries, Biobank initiatives, patenting biological matter and scientists’ use of patent information. As an alternative to a paper, you may propose to present a poster of your research.


All postgraduate students registered at a British university are eligible to participate. The conference is free, and we offer a limited number of travel bursaries, up to advance purchase price for rail or coach fare within the UK.


Proposals for paper and posters should include the name, affiliation, and contact details (including email address) for authors, as well as a brief (max. 200 words) abstract and title. Proposals should be sent to s.beedham[at] by 8th February 2012. Successful applicants will be notified by 10th February 2012.


Please do not hesitate to get in contact with the organising team if you have any questions by emailing s.beedham[at] For more information about joining PFGS, visit our blog at or email pfgsmtgs[at]


We will post again with information about how to register for the event. In the meantime good luck with your proposals and we look forward to meeting many of you in March!


Best wishes,


Anna Hescott

Carlos Conde

Jessica Bell

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