Mark your calendar: Gottfried von Haberler Conference 2019

“Denying the science and technology of which genetic engineering is the current striking manifestation is simply an ostrich reaction and cannot solve our problems.” – Bernard E. Rollin

When Naive Presumptions
prompt Hasty Judgments:
On the Benefits and Problems
of Genetic Engineering

Wenn Vermutungen zum Urteil werden:
Die Gentechnologie am Pranger

Gottfried von Haberler Conference 2019 | The 15th International Gottfried v. Haberler Conference will take place on May 17, 2019 at University of Liechtenstein in Vaduz. Conference topic: When Naive Presumptions prompt Hasty Judgments: On the Benefits and Problems of Genetic Engineering. 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 (krleube at
and Tel. +43 676 942 8980 (krleube at

Administration: Rosmarie Lutziger
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Media Matters: Karin Brigl
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Conference Program on May 17, 2019

9:00-9:30  Registration/Fee
9:30-9:45  Welcome and Opening by Prince Michael of Liechtenstein

Session I:  Biotechnology – Origins, Advances and Current State (9:30-12:00)
9:45-10:00  Chair: Peter Fischer (CH)
10:00-10:30From Vaccination to Gene Therapy: What does modern Biotechnology do?” – H.S.H. Princess Therese of Liechtenstein (LI)
10:30-10:45  Discussion
10:45-11:15  Coffee break
11:15-11:45  “Tales of Woe: How Regulation Has Destroyed Entire Sectors of Biotechnology” – Henry I. Miller (USA)
11:45-12:00  Discussion
12:00-13:30  Buffet Luncheon for all participants at conference site

Session II:  Organic, Bio, Natural? On Ignorance and Semantic Traps (13:30-15:15)
13:30-13:45  Chair: Vinzenz von Thurn-Valsassina (A/UY)
13:45-14:15  “Überforderte Gesetzgeber: Was unterscheidet konventionelles und genomisches Züchten?” – Klaus Ammann (CH)
14:15-14:30  Discussion
14:30-15:00  “Only Evidence Matters! Towards a Rational Dialogue on GMOs!” – Agnes Ricroch (F)
15:00-15:15  Discussion
15:15 – 15:45  Coffee break

Session III:  Shackles on Men’s Mind? On the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (15:45-18:10)
15:45-16:00  Chair: Henrique Schneider (CH)
16:00-16:30  “On Biotech Crops, Environmental Impact and Climate Change” – Graham Brookes (UK)
16:30-16:45  Discussion
16:45-16:50  Chair
16:50-17:20  “Können GVOs helfen die Welt zu ernähren?” – Matin Qaim (D)
17:20-17:35  Discussion
17:35-18:00  Discussion (general)
18:00-18:10  Farewell address: H.S.H. Prince Michael of Liechtenstein
18:20-18:30  Transportation by bus to the cocktail reception at Vaduz Castle
18:30-19:45  Cocktail Reception at Vaduz Castle

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Our Partners

Liechtenstein Academy | private, educational foundation (FL)
Altas Network | economic research foundation (USA)
Austrian Economics Center | Promoting a free, responsible and prosperous society (Austria)
Berlin Manhatten Institute | non-profit Think Tank (Germany) | Buecher fuer den Liberalismus (Germany)
Cato Institute | policy research foundation (USA)
Center for the New Europe | research foundation (Belgium)
Forum Ordnungspolitik
Friedrich Naumann Stiftung
George Mason University
Heartland Institute
Hayek Institut
Hoover Institution
Istituto Bruno Leoni
Institut Václava Klause
Instytut Misesa
IREF | Institute of Economical and Fiscal Research
Johns Hopkins Institute for Applied Economics, Global Health, and the Study of Business Enterprise | an interdivisional Institute between the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, and the Whiting School of Engineering
Liberales Institut
Liberty Fund
Ludwig von Mises Institute
New York University | Dept. of Economics (USA)
Stockholm Network
Students for Liberty
Swiss Mises Institute
Universidad Francisco Marroquin