Here at the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) we are working in partnership with the Wellcome Genome Campus, to deliver the Genome Editing Public Engagement Synergy (GEPES) programme. The goal is to develop innovation and collective impact in public engagement within genome editing. We aim to bring together those with experience of engaging (or supporting others to engage) the public in genome editing and related fields, to synthesise learning, create tools to be shared, and to encourage high quality public engagement.
In this project we are seeking to create the following outputs:
- A comprehensive map highlighting existing public engagement activity
- A framework to help elicit collective learning about public engagement with genome editing, including public attitudes to this area
- Recommendations for the future of public engagement with genome editing
- Resources for those wanting to engage including toolkits, guides and case studies
- Training modules to support researchers and public engagement professionals seeking to engage the public with genome editing
As a result of the project we hope to inspire new high quality activity, filling the gaps identified from the desk research.
Public engagement and genome editing
Genome editing refers to the precise modification of a selected DNA sequence in a living cell. This area of research has potential for application in many areas of human, animal and environmental health. Alongside the prospective benefits of the technology, some applications bring significant ethical and societal concerns that need to be explored, and raise regulatory questions that need to be addressed. Given the transformative nature of this research, there are profound challenges in ensuring that the public are effectively engaged in both basic and clinical research, challenges which are made more urgent by the pace of discovery in this particular research area.
Do you have experience of engaging the public with genome editing or related fields? Are you a researcher in the field of genome editing? If so, we need your help! There a number of ways you can get involved in this project, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
We will be sharing what we are learning from this project over 2017/18 so let us know if you want to be kept up-to-date.
GEPES resource guide
Access the GEPES resource guide. The guide contains links to useful resources for engaging the public with genome editing. It is a ‘living document’ which will be added to and amended over the project period. If you have any additional useful resources, please get in touch to let us know.