Bioversity International is supporting the 1st Thematic IASC Conference on the Knowledge Commons, Governing Pooled Knowledge Resources: Building Institutions for Sustainable Scientific, Cultural and Genetic Resources Commons, 12-14 September 2012, at the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium. Michael Halewood is presenting “what kind of goods are plant genetic resources for food and agriculture? Towards the identification and development of a new global commons” and Emile Frison (Director General, Bioversity International) is giving a key-note speech on “the role of the global Crop Commons in supporting livelihoods and food security in developing countries“. Michael Halewood is also part of the panel concluding the conference. We will be reporting further after the event once proceedings are available.