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Mark your calendar: Gottfried von Haberler Conference 2020

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“By giving the government unlimited powers, the most arbitrary rule can be made legal; and in this way a democracy may set up the most complete despotism imaginable.” – Friedrich A. von Hayek (Nobel Prize 1974)

On the Morality of the State
and the State of Political Morals


Über die Hybris der Staaten und den Zustand politischer Moral


Gottfried von Haberler Conference 2020 | The 16th International Gottfried v. Haberler Conference will take place on May 29, 2020 at University of Liechtenstein in Vaduz. Conference topic: On the Morality of the State and the State of Political Morals. The event will be organized and hosted by ECAEF – European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation. The support of the University of Liechtenstein and multiple local and international sponsors is gratefully acknowledged.

By invitation only

Admission: General CHF 150/Euro 150; Students CHF 50/Euro 50

Academic Director: Kurt R. Leube
Tel. +1 650 248 4955 and Tel. +43 676 942 8980 (krleube at gmail.com)

Administration: Rosmarie Lutziger
Tel. +423 235 1570 (Rosmarie.Lutziger at lgt.com)

Media Matters: Karin Brigl
Tel. +423 235 2344 (karin.brigl at lgt.com)

Conference Program will be announced soon.


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List of all Gottfried von Haberler Conferences since 2005

From Vaccination to Gene Therapy

Interview with Dr. Therese of Liechtenstein*. Recorded at the 15th Gottfried-von-Haberler Conference 2019 in Vaduz.

“From Vaccination to Gene Therapy: What does modern Biotechnology do?” – Recording of Therese of Liechtenstein’s talk:

*Princess Therese of Liechtenstein (PhD in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy at University College London) is currently managing strategic projects at the Healthcare Strategy Realization Office of Merck KGaA in Darmstadt. Prior to this she worked as a manager at Industrie- und Finanzkontor in Vaduz, Liechtenstein, a leader in the field of wealth preservation.
She held this talk at the 15th International Gottfried-von-Haberler Conference which took place on May 17, 2019 in Vaduz, at University of Liechtenstein. Conference Topic: “When Naive Presumptions prompt Hasty Judgments: On the Benefits and Problems of Genetic Engineering” (German: “Wenn Vermutungen zum Urteil werden: Die Gentechnologie am Pranger”). The event was organized and hosted by ECAEF – European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation.

Graham Brookes on Biotech Crops

Interview with Graham Brookes* (Agricultural Economist, PG Economics Ltd). Recorded at the 15th Gottfried-von-Haberler Conference 2019 in Vaduz.

 Summary of Graham Brookes’ talk at the G. von Haberler Conference:
“Biotech crops, environmental impact and climate change”

This presentation summarises an assessment of the environmental impacts associated with using crop biotechnology in global agriculture. It focuses on the environmental impacts associated with changes in pesticide use and greenhouse gas emissions arising from the use of GM crops since their first widespread commercial use over 20 years ago. The adoption of GM insect resistant and herbicide tolerant technology has reduced pesticide spraying by 671.4 million kg (8.2%) and, as a result, decreased the environmental impact associated with herbicide and insecticide use on these crops (as measured by the indicator, the Environmental Impact Quotient (EIQ)) by 18.4%. The technology has also facilitated important cuts in fuel use and tillage changes, resulting in a significant reduction in the release of greenhouse gas emissions from the GM cropping area. In 2016, this was equivalent to removing 16.7 million cars from the roads. By delivering improved pest and weed control, the technology has enabled many farmers to increase crop yields and as a result, crop biotechnology has been responsible for the additional production of 213 million tons of soybeans, 405 million tons of maize, 27.5 million tons of cotton lint and 11.6 million tons of canola between 1996 and 2016. This has allowed farmers to grow more without needing to use additional land, reducing pressure on typically high bio-diverse land to be converted for agricultural production.

Recording of Graham Brookes’ talk: 

*Graham Brookes is an agricultural economist with PG Economics Ltd, UK, which specialises in examining the economic and environmental impact of new technology use in agriculture. Graham has authored 15 papers, published in peer reviewed scientific and economic journals on the economic and environmental impact of GM crops around the world. He held this talk at the 15th International Gottfried-von-Haberler Conference which took place on May 17, 2019 in Vaduz, at University of Liechtenstein. Conference Topic: “When Naive Presumptions prompt Hasty Judgments: On the Benefits and Problems of Genetic Engineering” (German: “Wenn Vermutungen zum Urteil werden: Die Gentechnologie am Pranger”). The event was organized and hosted by ECAEF – European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation.

How Regulation Has Destroyed Entire Sectors of Biotechnology

Interview with Henry I. Miller (M.S., M.D. Senior Fellow, Pacific Research Institute San Francisco, California). Recorded at the 15th Gottfried-von-Haberler Conference 2019 in Vaduz.

 Summary of Henry I. Miller’s talk at the G. von Haberler Conference:
“Tales of Woe: How Regulation Has Destroyed Entire Sectors of Biotechnology”

Modern biotechnology, also known as “genetic engineering (GE)” or “genetic modification (GM),” has in less than four decades produced monumental scientific, economic, and humanitarian advances in medicine and agriculture.  But over-regulation and the aggressive antagonism of self-interested activists have prevented it from realizing anything close to its potential.  Indeed, entire sectors of genetic engineering have been decimated, including GE animals, bioremediation (the cleanup of toxic wastes), development of bio-rational pesticides, prevention of frost damage to crops, and prevention of insect-borne diseases.
Ill-founded concerns about the risks of molecular techniques for genetic modification gave rise to regulation triggered simply by the “process,” or technique, rather than the “product,” i.e., the characteristics of the modified organism. This was an unfortunate precedent, whose legacy plagues regulation worldwide today.
Had they not been stymied by wrong-headed, unscientific regulation, many sectors of biotechnology had the potential to create the Next Big Thing. If we are to unleash the ingenuity of scientists in academia and industry in future, we will need enlightened public policy that takes into consideration the centuries-long seamless continuum in the technologies for genetic improvement of all manner of organisms. This must include sweeping regulatory reform to craft regulation that is scientifically defensible and risk-based.

Recording of Henry I. Miller’s talk: 

*Henry I. Miller held his talk at the 15th International Gottfried-von-Haberler Conference which took place on May 17, 2019 in Vaduz, at University of Liechtenstein. Conference Topic: “When Naive Presumptions prompt Hasty Judgments: On the Benefits and Problems of Genetic Engineering” (German: “Wenn Vermutungen zum Urteil werden: Die Gentechnologie am Pranger”). The event was organized and hosted by ECAEF – European Center of Austrian Economics Foundation.

Haberler-Konferenz 2019: Wie bei der Gentechnologie Fortschritt verhindert wird

Schweizer Wirtschaftsbrief, 31. Mai 2019

Verkannt und angeprangert: Wie bei der Gentechnologie Fortschritt verhindert wird. XV. Gottfried von Haberler Konferenz in Vaduz mit internationalen Fachexperten.

Prinz Michael von und zu Liechtenstein eröffnet die Konferenz.
Prinz Michael von und zu Liechtenstein eröffnet die Konferenz.

Seit Jahrtausenden nutzt der Mensch biotechnologische Verfahren – trotz- dem ist der Begriff Biotechnik für die breite Öffentlichkeit weitgehend unklar. Genauso wie bei der seit Jahren kontrovers diskutierten Gentechnik mögen die Gründe für eine gewisse Reserviertheit in der Gesellschaft unter anderem in verfälschten oder gänzlich fehlenden Informationen darüber liegen. Sechs international führende Wissenschaftler und Experten widmeten sich bei der Gottfried von Haberler Konferenz dem Thema «Wenn Vermutungen zum Urteil werden: Die Gentechnologie am Pranger.» An der Universität Liechtenstein folgten über 100 geladene Gäste den Vorträgen der Experten.

«Das Verhältnis der Gesellschaft zur Biotechnologie ist abstrus: Obwohl wir sie seit Jahrtausenden nutzen und sie einen unverzichtbaren Platz in unserem täglichen Leben einnimmt, stehen ihr viele Menschen extrem skeptisch, oft sogar ablehnend gegenüber», sagte Prinz Michael von und zu Liechtenstein, Präsident der ECAEF und Gastgeber der Konferenz. «Sicherlich kann die Gentechnik als wichtige Methode der Biotechnologie nicht alle unsere gesundheitlichen und ökologischen Probleme lösen, aber sie kann gewiss einen grossen Beitrag leisten. Dazu muss jedoch weiterer Fortschritt gefördert und nicht behindert werden. Die Ressentiments der Gesellschaft durch transparente und wissenschaftlich fundierte Informationen auszuräumen ist dafür eine wesentliche Voraussetzung …

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