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Dr Wendy Harwood, Professor Joachim Schiemann and Professor Pablo Steinberg

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Dr Wendy Harwood

Wendy is a Senior Scientist responsible for the Crop Transformation Group at the John Innes Centre, Norwich. Her group provides a range of crop transformation resources to the research community, works on improving the methodology for producing GM crops, particularly cereals, and on the safety assessment of GM crops.


Professor Joachim Schiemann

Joachim is director of the Institute for Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology (SB) at the Julius Kuehn Institute in Germany. The work of SB focuses on impact assessment of crops generated by genetic improvement technologies including genetically modified organisms (GMO), monitoring of GMO as well as the parallel cultivation of plants with and without genetic modification (coexistence). SB also provides advice to Government bodies on the safety aspects of plant biotechnology. In addition, Professor Schiemann has coordinated several national and EU-funded projects focused on biosafety research, including most recently acting as President of the Executive Committee of the International Society for Biosafety Research. He coordinates the EU-funded project GRACE (GMO Risk Assessment and Communication of Evidence).


Professor Pablo Steinberg

Pablo is the Director of the Institute for Food Toxicology and Analytical Chemistry at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover in Germany. From January 2014 he will be Chairman of the Senate Commission on Food Safety of the German Research Foundation (DFG). He has been involved for more than ten years in the risk assessment of food contaminants, contributing to a number of national and international expert boards, and is engaged as a toxicologist in the evaluation of animal feeding trials with genetically modified plants within the European research consortium GRACE (GMO Risk Assessment and Communication of Evidence).