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G-TwYST is a Collaborative Project of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities. The project duration is from 21 April 2014 – 20 April 2018.

 

Work packages

The project consists of 7 work packages:

  1. Project coordination and management
  2. Feed production and plant analysis
  3. Feeing trials
  4. Biostatistics
  5. Scientific value and societal issues
  6. Central access database
  7. Stakeholder engagement, Ccommunication and dissemination

 

Project partners

  • Stiftung Tierärtzliche Hochschule Hannover, Germany, leader of work package 1 and work package 5.
  • Julius Kühn-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen, Germany, leader of work package 2 and work package 6.
  • Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics, Spain, co-leader of work package 2.
  • Slovak Medical University, Slovakia, leader of work package 3.
  • Roger Alison Ltd., UK, involved in work package 3.
  • Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek, Wageningen University and Research Centre, the Netherlands, leader of work package 4.
  • Universität Klagenfurt, Biotechnology Research Unit, Austria, leader of work package 7 and co-leader of work package 5.
  • LIS Consult, the Netherlands, co-leader of work package 7.

Read more about the project partners......

 

Advisory Board

G-TwYST has an Advisory Board that monitors the progress of the Project and provides an external objective assessment and recommendations where necessary. The members of the advisory board are:

  • Didier Breyer, Scientific Institute of Public Health, Service de Biosécurité et Biotechnologie, Direction Opérationnelle Expertise, Prestations de service et relations clients, Belgium.
  • Franck Foures, Agence nationale de sécurité sanitaire de l'alimentation, de l'environnement et du travail (ANSES), Direction de l'évaluation des risques.
  • Kaja Kantorska, European Commission, Directorate General Health and Consumers.
  • Annette Pöting, Federal Institute for Risk Assessment, Unit Food Toxicology, Department Food Safety, Germany.
  • Kerstin Schmidt, BioMath GmbH, Applied Statistics and Informatics in Life Sciences, Germany.
  • Dieter Schrenk, Technical University Kaiserslautern, Department of food chemistry and environmental toxicology, Germany.

 

Organization

 

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Latest news

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G-TwYST Interim Report available

15 February 2017

 

The G-TwSYT team completed a publicly available Interim report with information about the progress that has been made in the first 1.5 years of the project. The report can be downloaded here.

Value and pitfalls of stakeholderconsultation

17 January 2017

 

In 2013 the Dutch Commission on Genetic Modification (COGEM) published a topic report on alarming studies on the safety of GMOs. COGEM pointed out that while repetition of ‘alarming studies’ is sometimes the only way to reject or confirm the results, stakeholder participation during investigation may increase its social robustness.

In a letter sent to the Secretary of State of Infrastucture and Environment on January 11, 2017 COGEM adds some reflections on the value and possible pitfalls of stakeholder participation based on experiences in and results of the GRACE project.

The COGEM letter states that the involvement of stakeholders in this project has been meticulous and transparent and has finally contributed to the validity of the results also from a broader social perspective. However, COGEM also noticed that some stakeholders were too fixated on their own arguments and vision, that reflection and interaction became difficult. According to COGEM this situation significantly hampered the achievement of broadly supported conclusions. On the basis of this experience COGEM also proposed some guidelines for improving such processes.

 

Read the full letter >

Scientific quality criteria (2)

28 November 2016

 

So far, we have received comments on the proposed scientific quality criteria from the Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety, Germany (BVL) on October 5th, 2016. The comments can be downloaded here.

 

The G-TwYST research team responded to the BVL comments on November 28th, 2016. The response can be downloaded here.