The items focus on conferences, workshops, training courses and other events organised by FAO, other UN agencies/bodies and the 15 CGIAR research centres. The events cover all food and agricultural sectors (crops, forestry, fisheries/aquaculture, livestock, agro-industry) and a wide range of biotechnologies (e.g. use of molecular markers, artificial insemination, triploidisation, biofertilisers, micropropagation, genomics, genetic modification etc.). The news and event items on this website are also disseminated through an e-mail newsletter called FAO-BiotechNews that is published in six different versions, one per language i.e. Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. To subscribe, send a message to FAO-Biotech-News@fao.org indicating which e-mail addresses are to be subscribed and in which language they wish to receive the newsletter.
22-26 May 2017, Trieste, Italy. This workshop, organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), will teach the application of risk analysis principles and processes in regulatory decision-making for the general release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Worked examples and practical sessions will involve the evaluation of hypothetical case studies. Topics include: the theory of problem formulation in GMO risk analysis; key issues concerning animal and human health, environment and socio-economics; exploration of risk management options; risk communication within a regulatory context; and the application of mechanisms and tools. Applications may be submitted online until 19 February. See http://www.icgeb.org/biosafety-2017.html or contact email@example.com for more information.
22–26 May 2017, Vienna, Austria. Third FAO–IAEA international conference on area-wide management of insect pests: Integrating the sterile insect and related nuclear and other techniques. Following the two previous conferences organized by FAO and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 1998 and 2005, this third conference will address technical, managerial and socio-economic components of operational area-wide programmes. The general purpose of the conference is to present new developments, trends and challenges related to insect pest management, both in the fields of agriculture and public health. The concept of area-wide integrated pest management, in which the total population of a pest in an area is targeted, is central to the effective application of the sterile insect technique and is increasingly being considered for related genetic, biological and other pest suppression technologies. See http://www-naweb.iaea.org/nafa/ipc/ipc-announcements.html or contact AWConf2017@iaea.org for more information.
21-25 February 2017, Hyderabad, India. InterDrought-V. As part of the series of InterDrought conferences, which began in France in 1995, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is organizing this fifth conference to present and debate key issues and strategies relevant for improving drought and other stress tolerance in crops. InterDrought-V will provide a platform for scientists to interact with each other, present their work and discuss different aspects on drought, crop physiology, genomics, biotechnology and integrated breeding for crop improvement. See http://ceg.icrisat.org:9091/ or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
21-23 November 2016, Patancheru, India. International conference on statistics & big data bioinformatics in agricultural research. Celebrating the 70th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics (ISAS), the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is organizing this conference with technical sessions on themes related to recent advances in statistics, phenotyping, bioinformatics, geo-statistics, data management and big data analytics. The themes covered include statistical genetics & genomics and genomic selection & genome-wide association mapping. See http://isas70.icrisat.ac.in/ or contact email@example.com for more information.
Organized by the Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa (AARENINA), International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE), the conference aims to bring together scientists, technicians, managers, exporters, policy makers and students to exchange experience of new approaches to olive production and marketing, and to develop new thinking for approaches to a sustainable and more profitable global olive industry. Researchers are invited to submit papers related to olive growing and production on a number of themes, including 'biology, physiology and biotechnology'.
This theoretical and practical course is organized by the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) on behalf of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). Nationals of ICGEB Member States are eligible to attend on an ICGEB grant to cover accommodation and local hospitality for the duration of the course, while travel is not funded. Deadline for applicants is 1 January 2014.
Organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), the objective of this workshop is, through a series of tailored case studies, to provide training in the various practical and theoretical approaches to risk assessment, as well as to provide context by describing its role in GMO decision-making. Deadline for applications is 24 January 2014.
Organised under the auspices of the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the outcomes of this event are intended to facilitate implementation of the Aarhus Convention’s Almaty Amendment on GMOs and to contribute to implementation of the Cartagena Protocol's programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning living modified organisms (LMOs).
Organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), the broad objective of this workshop is to provide experience in the examination of scientific and technical data submitted in applications for the deliberate release of genetically modified plants. A limited number of grants are available to nationals of ICGEB Member States. Deadline for applications is 22 January 2013.
This 1-day seminar is organized by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and takes place during the 16th International Symposium of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
Organized by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and National Academy of Sciences, the programme of this scientific symposium covers the origin and evolution of durum wheat; genetic resources and germplasm enhancement; breeding strategies and tools; adaptation and sustainability; disease and pest resistance; technological and nutritional quality; and structural and functional genomics.
Organised by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), this course is is designed specifically for researchers from the fields of plant breeding, molecular biology, agricultural biotechnology, bioinformatics and biometrics and is mainly divided into three modules. The first focuses on the freely available statistical computing software platform R; the second on phenotypic data analysis; and the third on quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis. Deadline for applications is 30th October 2012.
A theoretical and practical course organized by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). Participants must have a basic working knowledge of cell and molecular biology. A direct involvement in research covered by the course is also essential. Deadline for applications is 30 June 2012.
New Delhi, India
Hosted by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the congress will bring together scientists working on research aspects of legume biology in model species, using genetic and genomic tools, with those working on applied aspects and breeding of food legume crop and pasture species. Topics include next generation genomics; nutrition; development; evolution and diversity; symbiosis; abiotic stress; pathogenesis and disease resistance; translational genomics; genomics-assisted breeding; and harnessing germplasm resources.
Jointly organized by FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the conference will present an analysis of the global foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) situation, the socio-economic impact of the disease, the progress achieved with existing regional FMD control initiatives and ‘state of the art’ overviews regarding vaccines, diagnostic methods and current research. The Global FMD Control Strategy, the tools and methods it will employ and the gaps and needs that should be addressed to achieve sustainable progress, as well as the budget required to implement the strategy during the first five years will also be presented.
Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, this online Forum includes two discussion groups. The first takes place on 4-10 June 2012, focusing on "The meaning, scope and importance of public access to biosafety information". The second considers "Facilitating public access to biosafety information" and takes place on 11-18 June 2012. Individuals involved in, or responsible for, promoting public awareness, education and participation at the national level are welcome to participate in the Forum.
Organized by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Cornell University, this training course is designed to open young scientists and potential young scientists (21-35 years old) to the challenges and opportunities of rice science to meet the global challenges of rice food security and to improve the livelihoods of resource poor rice producers. It provides, inter alia, hands-on skills relating to rice breeding, molecular genetics and genomics.
Metro Manila, Philippines
The broad objective of this workshop, organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in collaboration with the Italian Ministry for Environment, for the Protection of the Territory and for the Sea, is to provide experience in the examination of scientific and technical data submitted in applications for the deliberate release of genetically modified plants. A limited number of grants are available to nationals of ICGEB Member States. Deadline for applications is 24 November.
This international conference aims to review the rate of progress in the field of FMD vaccines and vaccination programmes, diagnostics, and the science of progressive control (risk management decision making and programme optimization), and to identify priorities for investment in science that would have greatest impact for regional and perhaps global control efforts, which would be presented at the FAO/OIE Global Conference on FMD Control in Bangkok, Thailand on 27-29 June 2012. The conference is jointly organised by FAO and the Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR), under the broad umbrella of the FAO/OIE Global Framework for the Progressive Control of Transboundary Diseases.
New Delhi, India
Organised by the National Institute of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (NIGEB) on behalf of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, the emphasis of this workshop is to discuss the ethical aspects of biosafety in discussion panels and, at the end, to develop a protocol on bioethical aspects of biosafety.
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