Call for Papers: Cultivating Innovation

RHN 139/2014 | Call

Organiser: Dominic Berry, University of Leeds

14 April 2015, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK

Deadline: 23 January 2015

A one-day interdisciplinary conference:
Cultivating Innovation:
How (and How Not) to Think about Intellectual Property in Agriculture and Plant Science

As part of the AHRC-funded Cultivating Innovation project the John Innes Centre in collaboration with the University of Leeds is hosting a one-day conference bringing together plant breeders and agricultural scientists with historians, philosophers, and scholars from other disciplines for a fresh look at intellectual property in agriculture and plant breeding.

The conference will take place at the John Innes Centre from the morning of Tuesday 14th of April. The closing keynote address will be given by Professor Daniel Kevles (Yale).

Abstracts are invited for talks on the following aspects of intellectual property and its relations to agriculture and plant breeding, from any disciplinary perspective within the humanities and sciences:

  • IP and plant science
  • IP and agriculture
  • IP and genetic modification
  • IP and food security
  • IP and bioscience industries

If you are unsure about the potential suitability of your paper, please email the conference organiser, Dr Dominic Berry,

All presentations will be video recorded and made available to the public through YouTube.

The Cultivating Innovation project <> is led by Professors Gregory Radick and Graeme Gooday at the University of Leeds. The aim is to bring greater attention to the role of intellectual property in science past and present, with a particular emphasis on agriculture and the plant sciences. Given the public-facing nature of the project, we will be encouraging all speakers to spend a little of their time explaining a particular aspect of IP law/theory/social importance, that would either a) typically be explained in a manner too complex for a general audience, or b) would be found only in academic texts.

To submit your abstract, please follow this link.

Source: H-Sci-Med-Tech