Legal Basics for Plant Scientists

Insights into legislations of relevance at your workplace

Oct 05, 2020

Legal Basics for Plant Scientists

Plant scientists are faced with numerous laws and regulations in their work environment. This course aims to provide a general introduction on European- and federal legislation and a compact overview of the most important legislations from the viewpoint of a plant scientist.

This online course is laid out in four sections each covering one topic of plant-science related legislation. Starting on October 5th, one section will be made available per week. Course participants can work through the lectures and accompanying materials of each section at their own pace. We estimate a time requirement of 1.5 to 2 hours per week.



Week 1           General Introduction on European- and Federal Legislation
(Tristan Lemke, Law Faculty, University Potsdam)

Week 2           EU Genetic Engineering Legislation
(Jens Kahrmann, Legal Officer in the field of Genetic Engineering Legislation)

Week 3           Patent Law and Plant Variety Law
(Dr. Steffen Kawelke, Gemeinschaft zur Förderung von Pflanzeninnovation e. V.)

Week 4           Nagoya-Protocol
(Dr. Thomas Greiber, Bundesamt für Naturschutz)
Copyright and Media Law
(Claudia Gips, Specialist lawyer for copyright and publishing law)

The online course will be concluded by a short voluntary multiple choice test. Participants who successfully complete this test will receive a certificate of participation for the course.

We believe that our “Legal Basics for Plant Scientists” course is of interest to a wide audience. The course is therefore open to all plant scientists independent of their funding source or career level. Participation is free of charge.

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