New Zealand held its first consensus conference in August 1996. The Talking Technology Conference on Plant Biotechnology arose in response to a perceived need to bridge a widening credibility gap between the public and the science community. The outcome demonstrated that an informed lay panel can provide invaluable insight into public views on complex technical subjects. We believe Talking Technology Conferences will become established as an important element in New Zealand society to enhance public understanding of technical issues and gain insight into public perception of issues. The intention is to establish a charitable trust in association with the Consumers* Institute to facilitate future conferences.

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Plant biotechnology
The New Zealand Consensus Conference experience

Peter Kettle  

Ferret Rachel  

King Graeme  

New Zealand held its first consensus conference in August 1996. The Talking Technology Conference on Plant Biotechnology arose in response to a perceived need to bridge a widening credibility gap between the public and the science community. The outcome demonstrated that an informed lay panel can provide invaluable insight into public views on complex technical subjects. We believe Talking Technology Conferences will become established as an important element in New Zealand society to enhance public understanding of technical issues and gain insight into public perception of issues. The intention is to establish a charitable trust in association with the Consumers* Institute to facilitate future conferences.

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