Genomics and Benefit Sharing with Developing Countries

European Commission's Sixth Framework Programme, Science and Society: Co-Ordinator.

FP6-2002-Science and Society-1

The strategic objectives of BeSha

  • Produce an intercultural perspective on the concepts of ‘community’ and ‘benefits’, and attempt consensus on the issues of ‘representation’ and ‘participation’ of communities.
  • Explore gender aspects in ‘benefit sharing’ and raise awareness of issues arising from them.
  • Create a network of researchers and stakeholders on benefit sharing from human and non-human areas to explore synergies
  • Work towards suggesting a programme of ‘benefit sharing capacity building’ for developing countries.

Project Lead

Prof. Doris Schroeder, Centre for Professional Ethics, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK, Co-ordinator.


Prof. Udo Schuklenk, University of the Witwatersrand, Faculty of Health Sciences, Division of Bioethics, Johannesburg, South-Africa, Member.

Prof. Fatima Alvarez-Castillo, University of the Philippines, Manila, the Philippines, Member.

Dr. Miltos Ladikas, Lancaster University, Institute for Environment, Philosophy and Public Policy, Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGEN), Lancaster, UK, Member.

Dr. Dafna Feinholz, National Human Genome Commission, Mexico City, Mexico, Sub-Contractor.

External Advisors

Prof. Himladevi Soodyall, University of Witwatersrand, Director of the MRC/NHLS/Wits Human Genomic Diversity and Disease Research Unit, Johannesburg, South Africa (UNESCO representative for South Africa on the Bioethics Committee).

Dr. Sachin Chaturvedi, Fellow at the Research and Information System for the Non-aligned and Other Developing Countries, India.

Ms. Carolina Lasen-Diaz, Programme Director Biodiversity at FIELD (Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development), London.



Further Information

Constitutional meeting in Cairo (.docx 26KB)

University Press Release (.docx 24KB)

Cape Town Meeting (.docx 179KB) | Edited Minutes of Cape Town Meeting (.pdf 566KB)

Kalahari Meeting (.docx 99KB)

Pamplona Dissemination (.docx 106KB)

External Advisor Briefing - India (.docx 36KB)