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ABOUT BERMUDA PRINCIPLES
The Bermuda Principles Foundation Fund is a non-profit initiative at the Bermuda Community Foundation. It was established in May 2016 to facilitate programs that benefit the Bermuda community, especially its youth. The Foundation's goal is to increase scientific outreach in Bermuda, to expand science-based opportunities in Bermuda and to foster academic excellence. We aim to inspire the next generation of Bermudians scientists to fulfil their potential and embrace careers in healthcare and science.
Our efforts are led by Dr. Carika Weldon who facilitated the creation of the programs that benefit Bermuda's youth community. Our initiatives include the annual Bermuda's Youth Parliament Science Ethics Debate, the 'Science With Scientists' school tour and a multi-collaborative effort in Health Education Fair. Bermuda's top science students also have the opportunity to learn about research directly from world-renowned and leading scientists, and interact with during our annual international Bermuda Principles Conference.
In February 1996, Bermuda became a part of scientific history. At the International Strategy Meeting on Human Genome Sequencing, 50 scientists from all over the world selected the island as a neutral meeting location. Their goal? To negotiate the completion of The Human Genome Project.
Between 1990 and 2003 numerous labs undertook a mission to sequence the complete human genome. With this extensive collaboration came uncertainty about the fate of the gene sequences once deduced. Would each lab obtain a patent on their sequenced gene and sell this for profit? Or would they all be made publicly available to advance scientific research?
To the benefit of global society, these scientists held strong to the conviction that medical advancement should overrule financial gain. An agreement, entitled The Bermuda Principles, cemented the legacy of these values and all gene sequences were issued freely to the worldwide community.
The impact of The Bermuda Principles on the pace and depth of scientific research has been under-appreciated. This pact has been pivotal to medical advancement and set a solid ethical precedent for future research.
With the establishment of the Annual Bermuda Principles Conference, these principles continue to live on.
If you are interested in providing sponsorship for the 2020 Conference or for The Foundation Fund, please contact us at or