One key deliverable of our project is a negotiation simulation.
Facilitating effective science communication for New Breeding Technologies
Negotiation simulations are an effective way of helping interdisciplinary audiences understand policy nuances. The regulatory landscape of agri-biotechnology is quite complex, hence the need for multi-faceted science communication. The Biotech Game, a negotiation simulation, developed jointly by Muhammad Adeel and Professor Michael Jones, role plays the regulation of New Breeding Technologies, under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, a key international convention impacting Biotechnology. The Biotech game focuses on educating diverse audiences on the complexities of science policy and regulations in the international arena. It has been trialed through workshops acknowledged by the Council of Australian Postgraduate Associations (CAPA) as ‘Education Initiative of the Year’ in 2019.
Throughout the duration of the project, the Biotech Game will be conducted at local, national and international level. Through the simulation, the players will be able to explore and understand aspects such as dealing with scientific uncertainty, socio-economic considerations of policy, risk perception and crucially how biotech products are traded globally. The game also brings into focus the role of science advice and how various evidences are considered during negotiations. The results from different workshops will be collated through a perception survey and used to create a dataset on how policy perceptions permeate in international biotechnology negotiations. If your organization/ institute/ department is interested in organizing the simulations, please reach out to us at email@example.com