Clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR) is a genetic modification technology that many believe is poised to transform the life sciences and revolutionise genetic engineering. Described as a “word processor for genes” and “disruptive biotech”, CRISPR is a techno-scientific instrument that allows for the removal, addition, or alteration of the genetic code that can be used on any organism. CRISPR can edit genetic materials with exponentially greater precision and certainty than previous technologies and it does so at a substantially reduced cost.

Speakers at this colloquium, which is hosted by the UQ Law, Science and Technology Group, will provide an overview of CRISPR, its possible societal ramifications, and the legal structures surrounding its potential uses and regulation. The goal of the colloquium is to generate, facilitate and inform public debate around this new technology. In the process, we hope to initiate discussion and collaboration between multidisciplinary experts from law, government, and science who are interested in CRISPR and the role it will play in the future.


  • Professor Jimmy Botella, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland
  • Assistant Professor Ben Hurlbut, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University
  • Associate Professor Ainsley Newson, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney


  • Paul Barclay, Presenter/Producer, Big Ideas, ABC Radio National​

RSVP: Essential by 15/09/2017

Venue Map: Queensland Brain Institute (St Lucia)

Please note room change: QBI Auditorium, Level 7, Queensland Brain Institute (Building 79), The University of Queensland, Upland Rd, St Lucia


Level 7, Queensland Brain Institute (Building 79), The University of Queensland, Upland Rd, St Lucia
QBI Auditorium