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Australian Citizens' Jury on Genome Editing

Thursday 17th of June - Sunday 20th of June, 2021

On 17th - 20th June 2021, twenty-four ordinary Australians will convene at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House in Canberra to form the national citizens' jury on genome editing.

Participants will hear from experts about genome editing technologies, deliberate on how these should be regulated, and develop a citizens’ report that can inform debates in parliament, international organisations, and the wider public.

This event is co-organised by the Centre for Law and Genetics at the University of Tasmania in collaboration with the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance at the University of Canberra and funded by the Federal Government’s Medical Research Future Fund Genomics Health Futures Mission.


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COVID-19 Safety Measures

The health and safety of all those involved in the 'Australian Citizens' Jury on Genome Editing' is important to us. The event organisers and our partner venue the Museum of Australian Democracy have implemented safety measures in line with recommendations from the Australian Government’s Department of Health and ACT government.

We are committed to ensuring safe physical distancing by using separate entrances and exits where possible, ensuring traffic only moves in one direction within each venue, and limiting the number of people. The Museum of Australian Democracy has increased on-site cleaning to help protect the community.

We ask all those involved to please help us to keep our community safe by:

  • Keeping a 1.5 metre distance helps protect everyone.

  • Remember to wash your hands regularly to protect yourself and others.

  • If you feel unwell, please postpone your visit.

  • Hand sanitiser is available at all venues.

  • Check in to venue using the Check In CBR app.

COVID-19 - CURRENT ALERT (as of 3rd of June)

NSW - NSW Health has identified COVID-19 exposure locations in Jervis Bay, Goulburn, Hyams Beach and Vincentia. If you have been to one of these locations at the times and places listed on the COVID-19 areas of concern page, contact ACT Health on (02) 5124 6209 and immediately quarantine.

Victoria - Anyone leaving Victoria after 11:59pm Thursday 27 May and entering the ACT, must stay at home. This requirement has been extended until 11:59pm on Thursday 10 June.

Anyone travelling to the ACT who left Victoria before 11:59pm Thursday 27 May and has been in Greater Melbourne in the last 14 days must complete an online declaration form.

Anyone who has been in Victoria in the last 14 days should keep checking the ACT COVID-19 areas of concern page to check the current list of exposure locations.

Anyone who has been in Whittlesea City in the last 14 days must get tested for COVID-19 and isolate.

To view the full COVID-19 Safety Plan.


One of the ambitions of the Australian Citizens' Jury project is to provoke a global conversation about genome editing. Genepool Productions—an Emmy-award winning production company— in association with December Media, will film this event to capture the excitement, pressures, hard work, and intense discussions over the three days. ​


Portions of the citizens' jury will be featured in a three-part science documentary series 'Mutant' about how citizens of the world might weigh in on one of the most consequential and complicated issues of scientific ethics.  The documentary series is being developed with the assistance of Screen Australia, SBS Television and Film Victoria. 




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Megan Munsie

Professor Megan Munsie is a stem cell and developmental biologist who leads a research program into the ethical, legal and social implications of stem cell research at the University of Melbourne.


Julian Savulescu

Professor Julian Savulescu is an award-winning ethicist and moral philosopher, recognised internationally for his world-leading research into the ethics of future technologies.


Dianne Nicol

Professor Dianne Nicol is the Director of the Centre for Law and Genetics at the University of Tasmania. 



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