People have been using biotechnological processes for thousands of years, but the term biotechnology is still largely unclear to the general public. Just as with genetic engineering, which has been the subject of controversy for years, the reasons for a certain reserve in society may lie, among other things, in falsified or completely lacking information about it. At the Gottfried von Haberler Conference, six internationally leading scientists and experts addressed the topic of “When presumptions become judgements”: Genetic engineering on the pillory.” More than 100 invited guests followed the lectures of the experts at the University of Liechtenstein.
“The relationship of society to biotechnology is abstruse: Although we have been using it for thousands of years and it occupies an indispensable place in our daily lives, many people are extremely skeptical of it, often even hostile to it,” said Prince Michael of Liechtenstein, President of ECAEF and host of the conference. “Of course, genetic engineering, as an important method of biotechnology, cannot solve all our health and ecological problems, but it can certainly make a major contribution. To this end, however, further progress must be encouraged and not hindered. To eliminate society’s resentment through transparent and scientifically sound information is an essential prerequisite for this”.