Events | GWG 2019 Conference

Responsible CRISPR: Genome Engineering 2019 Conference

Genome Writers Guild Annual Conference
May 16-17-18, 2019 —Gateway Hotel Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa

Genome engineering has hit the streets. The plethora of new editing tools is propelling the field into the next genomic revolution. What are the new technologies? What will we make with them? How are the innovations impacting society and our individual lives? The Genome Writers Guild's annual conference highlights the fast pace of genomic engineering. Topics at the conference focus on recent research, tangible skills for the laboratory, and the challenges of social responsibility we all share.


The Genome Writers Guild planning committee is working behind the scenes to line up presentations from leaders in the field. We are honored to have as our science communication keynote speaker New York Times award-winning science journalist Carl Zimmer. And our science keynote speaker Dr. Takashi Yamamoto, Professor at Hiroshima University's Graduate School of Science, and president of the Japanese Society for Genome Editing.

Takashi Yamamoto

Science Keynote Speaker on Genome Editing, Hiroshima University

Carl Zimmer,  NYT columnist, author, and award-winning science journalist

Carl Zimmer,

NYT columnist, author, and award-winning science journalist

Speaker Lineup

Carl Zimmer

New York Times science journalist

Heather Lombardi

Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA

Takashi Yamamoto

Science Keynote Speaker on Genome Editing, Hiroshima University

Eric Bohnenblust

Senior Biologist, EPA

Karen Meagher

Ethicist, Mayo

Dipa Sashital

RNA-protein complexes, Iowa State University

Carolyn J Lawrence-Dill

Plant Bioinformatics Genomics, Iowa State University

Bing Yang

Plant Sciences, University of Missouri

Branden Moriarity

Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota

Saad J. Kenderian

Mayo CAR-T

Laurence Cooper


Neil Hoffman

Chief Science Advisor, USDA-APHIS-BRS

Xiaolong Wang,
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College of Animal Sciences
Northwest A&F University
Yangling, China

Free Public Session

Although Genome Engineering 2019 Conference is a registration based event, during one of our keynote speakers Carl Zimmer, times will be free to the public for 2 hours and 30 minutes.
Free Session Time line: 7-9:30 p.m. May 16th

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Hotel Reservation

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Gateway Hotel & Conference Center at a rate of $125.00 per night. Please reference the Genome Writer’s Guild Block when reserving your room.

You can reserve by calling (515)292-8600 or click the "Reserve a Room" button below.

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Please book by April 25th to secure this rate. Reserve a Room
Abstract Submission

The attendees can submit their papers' abstracts to be presented at the conference. The submissions will be examined before being approved for the presentations.

Late Breaking Abstracts Accepted until May 7th Abstract Submission Closed
Who should attend?

Scientists, faculty, students, entrepreneurs, investors, government representatives, futurists, science communicators, and artists focused on the responsible use of powerful new genome engineering technologies.


Registration for 2019 GWG Conference is now open!

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