The purpose of the symposium is to review achievements, new developments, trends and challenges in the field of gene editing, and to foster a broad exchange of information within the scientific community. The symposium will highlight specific challenges, such as the control of off-target effects, precision of base editing, European regulation of gene-edited organisms, and will also assess the overall importance of gene editing.

The symposium and its deliberations and conclusions will provide useful feedback to the local and European authorities, which will help to address the needs of EU Member States, in particular, in future programming.