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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 indicating which e-mail addresses are to be subscribed and in which language they wish to receive the newsletter.


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
A practical course organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Deadline for applications is 15 February 2007.
Trieste. Italy
A course, organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Worldwide Academy and the Kellogg School of Management, covering components such as "emerging global intellectual property (IP) issues (including traditional knowledge and genetic resources)". It is designed for legal professionals, business development and commercialisation personnel, scientists involved with IP issues in companies/universities, technology transfer managers and executives involved in licensing.
Chicago. United States of America
Workshop organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in collaboration with the Istituto Agronomico per l`Oltremare. Deadline for applications is 30 November 2006.
Treviso. Italy
A training course organised by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) and Cornell University that, among other things, provides participants with hands-on skills relating to rice breeding, molecular genetics and genomics.
Los Baños. Philippines
A theoretical and practical course organised by the Atomic Energy Commission of Syria in collaboration with the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
Damascus. Syria
Organised by the Generation Challenge Program, the goal of this training workshop is to provide background and training in the use of simple sequence repeat (SSR) markers for characterizing crop germplasm, with particular emphasis on heterogeneous populations, particularly maize. Deadline for applications is 1 January 2007.
New Delhi. India
Sponsored by the Generation Challenge Program (GCP) and the China Association of Agricultural Science Societies, the conference focuses on applied plant genomics and molecular plant breeding. The GCP is one of the Challenge Programmes approved by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
Sanya. China
Organised by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), FAO and the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie and supported by the European Commission, this scientific conference provides an opportunity to review the current methods and recent experiences in the use of vaccination as one of the tools to control and prevent losses due to avian influenza infections and to discuss the appropriate decision-making process for the implementation of a vaccination strategy.
Verona. Italy
A regional workshop organised by the Ministry of Science and Technology (Khartoum, Sudan) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) in collaboration with the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
Khartoum. Sudan ;
Organised by the United Nations Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in partnership with the Sokoine University of Agriculture, the training course is for young African scientists interested in basic and applied research on animal biotechnology. The course will include lectures, hands-on training and journal clubs in order to enhance new research skills in animal biotechnology. Attendance of 20 scientists from African countries will be funded - deadline for applications is 14 December.
Morogoro. Tanzania
The theme of this conference, hosted by the Soil Society of Ghana, in collaboration with numerous partners, including FAO, is "Impacts of climate change, global trade, urbanization and biotechnology on land use in Africa".
Accra. Ghana
Meeting organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). Deadline is 30 August 2006.
New Delhi. India
Sponsored by the University of Brasilia and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA). The theme of the meeting is "cassava improvement to improve livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa and northeastern Brazil". Limited travel grants are offered to young scientists from Africa, South America and Asia.
Brasilia. Brazil
Co-organised by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the objectives of this workshop are to get the current research state in control or elimination of groundnut aflatoxin; to share status/progressive reports on development and accessibility of groundnut genomic research information, technology, and infrastructure and to identify future priorities and needs for groundnut genomic research; and to provide a forum for international researchers to explore the issues relevant to groundnut aflatoxin and genomics and to establish international collaboration and consortium.
Guangzhou. China
This is an Open Session of the Research Group of the European Commission for the control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EUFMD). Its aim is to review progress in technical issues affecting the international control of FMD and, in so doing, to highlight significant changes or issues that require to be recognised by those implementing control policies and funding research and development. In particular, the Session will look at recent progress in the development and application of risk assessment methods; of surveillance for FMD in the source countries; and of diagnostic tools and vaccines for routine and emergency application. Further, it will consider the international trends in these fields and the perspectives of suppliers and users. The EUFMD is a regional Commission established under the auspices of FAO in 1954.
Paphos. Cyprus
A regional workshop organised by the Czech Republic with the support of FAO`s Regional Office for Europe. Workshop participants will be senior officials responsible for GMO management, co-existence measures and biosafety in transition countries of South Eastern Europe and European countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The workshop language is English with simultaneous translation into Russian. A small number of places for additional participants are available.
Prague. Czech Republic
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