The aims of GCP-I include "provision of a forum for cassava stakeholders to share knowledge and experiences relating to R&D in the areas of socio-economics, biodiversity and genetic resources, postharvest, starch modification, nutrition, genomics, molecular genetic markers and gene discovery, tissue culture and transformation, biotic and abiotic stresses, participatory research, and technology transfer". The Global Cassava Partnership was formed unanimously in 2003, by 45 institutions from all over the world, under the umbrella of the Global Cassava Development Strategy of IFAD/FAO.
A workshop organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in collaboration with the Italian Ministry for Environment, for the Protection of the Territory and the Sea. Closing date for applications is 30 November.
Ca`Tron di Roncade. Italy
Organised by the Centre of Biotechnology of Sfax on behalf of the International Centre of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology and the University of Sfax, the symposium covers 3 main topics: biotechnology for human health; microbial and environmental biotechnology; and agricultural, food and marine biotechnology.
Organised by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and co-sponsored by FAO, this symposium covers a diverse range of areas of applied and basic research on barley, and one of its major themes is barley genomics.
Organised by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), with support from India`s Department of Biotechnology (DBT), this training course provides participants with a hands-on opportunity to gain expertise in the use of molecular markers in diversity analysis, gene/QTL mapping and marker-assisted breeding. It focuses on the experimental design and data analysis components of molecular markers. The expenses of selected participants from India are covered by DBT and the course is also open to a few participants outside of India, who have to cover their own expenses. Deadline is 31 December 2007.
Organised by the FAO Working Group on Biotechnology, this is a side event to the 13th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity that takes place from 18 to 22 February 2008 at FAO Headquarters, Rome.
Organised by the Asian Fisheries Society and co-sponsored by a number of organisations including the WorldFish Center, this conference is organised into 10 technical sessions, one of which is dedicated to biotechnology. The conference also features a special symposium on 22 November on "Shrimp aquaculture in Asia: Current status and future prospects", that is co-sponsored by FAO.
A practical and theoretical course organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). Deadline for receipt of applications is 31 August 2007.
New Delhi. India
Organised by the International Livestock Research Institute, the topics of this commemorative John Vercoe Conference include the prospects for new DNA-based technologies and for reproductive technologies in developing countries.
Held in conjunction with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the conference includes the 1-day OIE Biotechnology Symposium, on "Applications of biotechnology in the study of pathogens and pathology of animal diseases"
Organised by the Centro de Ingeniería Genética y Biotecnología (CIGB) in Havana and co-sponsored by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), the conference includes a number of symposia covering issues such as challenges and opportunities in fermentation technology; current trends in biomanufacturing; and new challenges in vaccine production.
Taking place as part of a network of regional centres providing comprehensive training in biosafety established by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, this distance learning course lasts for one year and two on-campus periods are foreseen at the Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries, University of Ghent, at the beginning and end of the course. It begins end 2007 (exact date to be fixed) and deadline for registration is 1 July. A maximum of 25 students will be accepted. Five scholarships are available, where preference is given to applicants from Africa.
E-learning and Ghent. Belgium
Organised, among others, by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the purpose of the symposium is to identify critical needs and opportunities to advance the use of animal genomics to solve problems in animal health.
This 6th Latin American and Caribbean Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnology is organised by the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation, REDBIO and FAO. The main topics of the meeting include genomics, abiotic/biotic stress, plant breeding, bio-business, gene flow, bioethics and intellectual property. REDBIO is the Technical Co-operation Network on Plant Biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean, based at the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile.
Viña del Mar. Chile
A practical course organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in collaboration with the Istituto Agronomico per lOltremare. Closing date for applications is 27 April 2007.
Ca`Tron di Roncade. Italy
A theoretical and practical course organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Closing date for applications is 15 May 2007.
New Delhi. India
A workshop organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in collaboration with the Associação Nacional de Biossegurança (Brazil), the Secretaría de Agricultura, Ganadería, Pesca y Alimentos (Argentina) and the Red Regional de Bioseguridad, Universidad de las Naciones Unidas. The workshop is aimed primarily at people who will be in a position to review applications for the deliberate release of GM crops. Deadline for applications is 31 March 2007.
Belo Horizonte. Brazil
For this meeting, it is expected that over 180 scientists from around the world will come together to present, discuss and plan activities of the Generation Challenge Programme (GCP). Participation is by invitation only although there are some limited places for others who would like to attend and they can request an invitation. The GCP is one of the Challenge Programmes approved by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), and it "uses molecular biology, genetics, comparative and functional genomics, molecular breeding, physiology and bioinformatics to explore crop diversity for genes of interest and develop a new generation of crops that better withstand the agricultural constraints that more and more resource-poor farmers face".
Benoni. South Africa
Organised by the International Rice Research Institute, this training course is targeted at breeders and agronomists working on variety development or cultivar testing, and at research managers with responsibility for rice breeding programs in the public, private and NGO sectors. The course content includes a wide range of topics in rice breeding, including quantitative trait locus analysis and molecular marker-aided selection.
Los Baños. Philippines
An international academically accredited course that lasts 12 months and is based on a combination of distance-learning and on-campus training sessions. The course is targeted at individuals interested in or engaged as biosafety professionals in government agencies or industry. It is also tailored for individuals with an interest in public policy, legal and ethical aspects of biotechnology. The course, supported though a technical cooperation project under the aegis of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), starts tentatively in August 2007 and 30 April is the deadline for registration.
Internet and Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia