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EMB Science Webinar - Unlocking Marine Genetic Resources

On Thursday 15 September 2022, EMB hosted its 23rd Third Thursday Science Webinar featuring Dr Jane Collins who spoke on the topic of "Unlocking Marine Genetic Resources: Streamlining the Legal, Policy and Business Aspects of the Marine Biodiscovery Pipeline".

In this talk, Dr Collins introduced the marine biodiscovery pipeline and the links to the ongoing Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ) negotiations. This talk linked to the recommendations made in the SOPHIE project Strategic Research Agenda for Oceans and Human Health, and EMB's Position Paper 15 on Marine Biotechnology.

Dr Jane Collins is the Team Leader for Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS) working for the UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). In this position, Jane leads the implementation and enforcement of the Nagoya Protocol on ABS in the UK. The role involves delivery of a programme of activity designed to raise awareness of the UK ABS Regulations amongst stakeholders, and to support compliance in affected sectors. With a background in marine science and policy, Jane also currently operates as an adviser on Marine Genetic Resources with the UK delegation involved in United Nations negotiations for the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). Jane holds a PhD in the topic of unlocking marine genetic resources in the BBNJ context.

You can re-watch the webinar on the EMB YouTube page and find the slides here.

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