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.
Organised by the Instituto de Biotecnologia Aplicada à Agropecuária, Universidade Federal de Viçosa and the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology, Belgium, on behalf of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, this course covers the topics of continuous culture, real-time PCR analysis, micro-array analysis, the two-hybrid system and PCR mutagenesis. Deadline is 20 December.
This hands-on training workshop, organised by the Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources Service of FAO and the International Seed Testing Association, is for seed testing analysts from the Caribbean region. The aim is to train seed technicians in advanced methods for the verification of species, cultivars and hybrids as well as for qualitative and quantitative GMO detection.
Kingston. Jamaica Latin America and the Caribbean
Key points for discussions during this workshop, organised by FAO`s Crop and Grassland Service, will be strategies to strengthen national plant breeding and biotechnology capacity; crop, country and/or regional strategy; the balance between plant breeding and biotechnology; how to achieve sustainability to use plant genetic resources; the role of CGIAR centres; the role of donor agencies; the role of strong national agricultural research systems; the role of private sector; policies to enhance private sector investments; enabling policies for public and private actions; and advice on future consultations.
This practical and theoretical course, organised at the University of Chile as part of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology`s training programme, is divided in two parts. The first part (open to all interested persons that register, deadline 6 January) is a series of lectures given by invited speakers and the national faculty. The second part (limited to 14 students, that receive a fellowship from the organizer committee, deadline 30 November), is a practical course consisting of a series of experiments that will be developed by the students.
This hands-on training workshop, organised by the Seeds and Plant Genetic Resources Service of FAO and the International Seed Testing Association, is for seed testing analysts from the Near East and North Africa region. The aim is to train seed technicians in advanced methods for the verification of species, cultivars and hybrids as well as for qualitative and quantitative GMO detection. It is limited to 18 participants, who should be actual technicians, with at least a basic knowledge or experience in the field of variety verification or GMO detection. The deadline for registration is 20 November 2004.
Organised by the Gender Advisory Board of the UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development and the Biotechnology Commission of Pakistan, the purpose of this expert workshop is to address the gender dimensions of research, policy and application of new biotechnologies in the region. The workshop will be small (15-20 participants) and discussion- rather than presentation-based. Travel and local accommodation costs of five participants will be paid by the organisers. Potential attendees should send a brief summary of their views of the critical issues around how biotechnology policy, research and application can benefit women in the region; and what they would bring to the meeting in terms of experience, expertise and critical reflection in the area. Applications will be accepted until 31 October. A paper, entitled "Critical issues pertaining to the gender dimensions of biotechnology policy", by S. Thomas has been commissioned for the workshop (http://gab.wigsat.org/gdrbiotech.pdf
Islamabad. Pakistan Asia
A theoretical and practical course organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). Registration is limited to 16 participants and the deadline is 1 August.
New Delhi. India
The conference, organised by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and co-organised by several other parties including the International Rice Research Institute, aims to provide the latest research information on a wide range of rice-related issues such as international food security, poverty alleviation, and the environment.
Tokyo and Tsukuba. Japan
A training course on applications of molecular genetics techniques to enhance the management of fisheries resources, organised by the WorldFish Center, one of the research centres supported by the CGIAR. Participants may choose to enlist in either the first part (25-29 October) or both the first and second (30 October - 16 November) parts of the course. Deadline is 30 July 2004. The course was originally announced for March/April 2004 but has been re-scheduled.
Organised by the joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture in co-operation with the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute. A special focus of the course will be one week of computer-based training on mapping and phylogenetic analyses. The training course is open to 20 participants from developing Member States of FAO and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Deadline for nominations is 30 June 2004.
The conference, co-organised by the University of Jaén, the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) and FAO, focuses on different topics related to traditional fermented foods, especially those from developing countries. One of the themes to be addressed concerns "molecular tools to study microbial diversity, virulence factors and food-borne pathogens".
One of the co-organisers is the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).
This workshop, organised by FAO and the International Seed Testing Association, is for seed testing analysts from laboratories in Eastern European countries. The aim of the workshop is to train seed technicians in methods for the verification of species, cultivars and hybrids as well as for qualitative and quantitative GMO detection. Deadline for registration is 21 May 2004.
Organised by FAO, the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements and the International Seed Federation. This international conference is intended for all the relevant stakeholders of the organic seed sector. The program includes a panel discussion on co-existence of organic and GM agriculture.
Organised by the REDBIO/FAO network, this meeting takes place every three years. The program consists of 10 plenary sessions, 14 symposia and 21 workshops, covering a wide range of topics (such as nutrition genomics, molecular farming, marker assisted selection, biosafety and its applications etc.). Deadline for registration is 21 May.
Boca Chica. Dominican Republic
The conference is organized, among others, by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), one of the research centres supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR).
A half-day roundtable organised as part of the Geneva Environment Network Roundtables, which bring together Geneva-based UN agencies, non-governmental organisations, inter-governmental organisations, industry, embassies and missions to discuss emerging issues relating to the environment and sustainable development.
Workshop organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Closing date for applications is 10 November 2003.
The theme of the meeting is "Adding value to cassava: Applying biotechnology to a small-farmer crop". The CBN is a network linking advanced research institutions and widely dispersed national or regional programs with each other and with producers and consumers. It is part of the Global Cassava Development Strategy, which was initiated by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) six years ago and is now hosted by FAO. The CBN is co-ordinated by the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT), one of the 16 research centres supported by the CGIAR. FAO, IFAD and CIAT are among the founding institutions of the newly established Global Partnership for Cassava Genetic Improvement.
This international event, organised by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Chile, will focus on applications of biotechnology in agriculture and the food processing industries with special attention on potential socio-economic, environmental and human health impacts of transgenic and alternative technologies.
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