Call for Proposals: 5th ELSI Congress, Columbia University

December 1, 2019
11:59 PM


Individuals may present no more than two times during the congress. This does not include “non-speaking” co-authors on proposals. 


Since its inception, research on the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genetics research and its translation aims to anticipate and illuminate emerging issues relevant to policy, practice and fundamental questions of what it means to be human. AI, gene editing and precision medicine are only the latest of the pressing issues that raise complex questions about utility, privacy, intellectual property, commercialization and identity requiring ELSI research. The 5th ELSI Congress invites researchers, scholars, practitioners, policymakers, journalists, community members, and others to engage in a transdisciplinary dialogue on the integration and application of ELSI research.

Keynote and plenary session topics include:

  • Integrating ELSI and Genomics: Past, Present, and Future
  • CRISPR and Human Identity: Governing Germline Gene Editing
  • Ethical Frameworks for Research Collaboration with Indigenous Communities
  • Polygenic Risk Scores and Behavioral Traits: Interrogating the Science and Ethics

Proposals are welcome for workshops, panels, papers, flash presentations and posters on topics across the expanding range of ELSI research. The Congress will be hosted June 15-17 at Columbia University. 


Please visit the posting webpage or the submissions guidelines for full application information. 

This conference is organized and supported by the Columbia University Division of Ethics, Stanford University, and the National Human Genome Research Institute