Gene Drive Research Forum

The Gene Drive Research Forum brings together representatives from research, government, private sector and not-for-profit organizations, as well as other parties with an interest in safe and ethical conduct of gene drive research for applications in public health, conservation and agriculture. GeneConvene serves as the secretariat for the Forum, organizing meetings and facilitating joint activities. The Forum meets periodically to discuss the status and challenges of gene drive research and identify areas where collaboration, coordination and cooperation among stakeholders will move the field forward in a positive manner. As Forum secretariat, GeneConvene works with participants to co-organize and co-host Forum meetings and workshops. In addition, GeneConvene works with Forum working group participants on issues such as data sharing, research transparency, and technical and regulatory capacity strengthening. Initially, the Forum brought together representatives from organizations funding or otherwise supporting gene drive research projects to create and publish Principles for gene drive research. With 16 current signatory organizations, these principles are a living document. Additional signatories are welcome; contact us if your organization would like to become a signatory. The developers and signatories of the Guiding Principles are committed to mobilizing and facilitating progress in gene drive research by supporting efforts of the highest scientific and ethical quality, inspiring a transparent approach and backing biosafety measures. Contact us to inquire about participation in upcoming Forum activities.

Past Meetings

October 31 – November 1, 2019, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopia Purpose: To discuss common challenges related to gene drive nomenclature, research registries and data sharing among stakeholder participants.
Co-hosts: African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD) and FNIH
Summary Report

September 11-13, 2018, Montréal, Canada

Montreal Purpose: To enable in-person interactions and networking among the gene drive researcher and research sponsor/supporter communities and to facilitate discussions on areas of mutual interest.
Co-hosts: Canadian Institutes of Health Research and FNIH
Summary Report

December 7, 2017, London, UK

London Purpose: To begin operationalizing the Guiding Principles for sponsors and supporters of gene drive research by identifying areas of mutual interest to work collectively.
Co-hosts: FNIH and Wellcome Trust
Summary Report




March 22, 2017, Washington, D.C., USA

Washington, D.C Purpose: To discuss the status and challenges of gene drive research, areas of mutual interest, and the possibility of creating a mechanism to continue discussions and facilitate coordination and cooperation.
Co-hosts: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, FNIH and Wellcome Trust
Summary Report




Principles for gene drive research. Emerson C, James S, Littler K, Randazzo FF. Science. 2017 Dec 1;358(6367):1135-1136. doi: 10.1126/science.aap9026

Learn more about the Guiding Principles and contact us to be considered to become a signatory

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