Access and utilization of genetic resources - what the Nagoya Protocol is all about

23.01.2020 von 12:00 bis 14:00

Graduate Center

Target Group:

All doctoral candidates and postdocs (up to 2 years after their doctorate) using genetic resources (non-human material containing DNA, dead or alive and derivatives)


Dr. Scarlett Sett, Nagoya Protocol Compliance Officer of Kiel University


Are you using genetic resources for your research? That is: anything that contains DNA/RNA, dead or alive (non human materials excluding human pathogens). Does your research look into the genetic and/or biochemical composition of genetic resources or derivates thereof? Do you exchange genetic material with other institutes nationally and abroad? Then this talk might be for yor!

The Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) is an international agreement that aims at the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilization of genetic resources. Both access and benefit-sharing obligations will be established and negotiated between the Providing Country (country of origin) of the genetic resource and the User (Researcher) of the genetic resources. As a User (Researcher) of a genetic resource, you will be liable if found non-compliant with the regulation under EU and German law. This means you can get high fines imposed to you, cancellation of your research project, embargo of your genetic resources, etc, if you are found non-compliant.

Dr Scarlett Sett is the Nagoya Protocol Compliance Officer of Kiel University and in her presentation she will walk you through the definitions and main points you need to consider to determine whether your research falls within the scope of the regulation. If your research falls within the scope of the regulation, fear not! She will provide support and guidance to foster compliance with the regulation.

You can find an illustration of the pitfalls working with genetic resources in this article from Science magazine.


Registrations are welcome until 16.01.2019 via our online portal. There is a minimum of four participants and a maximum of eight participants.


Please note:

There are 8 places on this course. The persons that can participate in the course will receive an e-mail from the Graduate Center. Without this confirmation mail you cannot participate in the course. Only participants that have registered for the course via the Graduate Center will receive a certificate of attendance.

All further registrations will be placed on a waiting list. As soon as there is a free place on the course you will receive a message from us. If you do not receive any message from us concerning this course there are no free places and unfortunately you cannot participate in this course.

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