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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 FAO-Biotech-News@fao.org indicating which e-mail addresses are to be subscribed and in which language they wish to receive the newsletter.

Events

26/05/2003-30/05/2003
Workshop organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
Trieste. Italy
courses@icgeb.org
22/05/2003-24/05/2003
The symposium aims to "review progress in taro research, analyze needs and priorities, develop a strategy for future work in taro research and development, explore new ways to use genetic diversity and improve taro quality and production, and stimulate international collaboration, information exchange and networking". The symposium themes include the use of novel technologies to improve taro (a staple crop, important in the Pacific and Southeast Asia, West Africa and the Caribbean). Organised by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, FAO and the Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Développement (CIRAD).
Nadi. Fiji
TaroSym@spc.int
24/03/2003-28/03/2003
Workshop organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology and the Istituto Agronomico per l`Oltremare.
Florence. Italy
courses@icgeb.org
17/03/2003-20/03/2003
This international colloquium for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and its partners is organized by ICRISAT (the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics), CIAT (the International Center for Tropical Agriculture), ILRI (the International Livestock Research Institute) and ISNAR (the International Service for National Agricultural Research) - four of the 16 research centres supported by the CGIAR - and the CGIAR Central Advisory Service on Intellectual Property. The purposes of the colloquium include to "share experiences and lessons from working in alliances that cross-conventional boundaries in order to exploit biotechnology for development" and to "develop an action plan through which the CGIAR can support the emergence of a new architecture for innovation that would help exploit biotechnology for pro-poor development".
Patancheru. India
k.d.prasad@cgiar.org
03/02/2003-07/02/2003
A training course organised by the European Commission Joint Research Centre and the World Health Organization.
Ispra. Italy
guy.van-den-eede@jrc.it
02/12/2002-04/12/2002
In response to invitations by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the Government of Italy is organising a workshop on this subject.
Rome. Italy
secretariat@biodiv.org
12/11/2002-14/11/2002
This symposium is being held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and the Soil Science Society of America and is co-organised by FAO, the Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project, Michigan State University and the CSSA. The sponsors include the organising institutions, the United States Agency for International Development and the World Bank. The Symposium aims to "provide opportunities for technical and policy experts to explore a global strategy and action plan to harness biotechnology to improve food security and alleviate poverty through multi-stakeholder cooperation".
Indianapolis. United States of America
hoan.le@fao.org
05/11/2002-06/11/2002
CropLife Asia is organising this conference, in association with a host of organisations, including the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), which "will examine the role that two technologies agricultural biotechnology and information technology- can play in achieving sustainable agricultural development".
Bangkok. Thailand
adpowell@pacific.net.sg
27/10/2002-30/10/2002
The event is being convened by the Group of 77 "in order to bring together representatives from government, the scientific community, civil society, the business sector and other stakeholder groups to formulate a South-South strategy for the execution of initiatives in the field of science and technology". The conference programme includes a workshop on biotechnology (28 October).
Dubai. United Arab Emirates
g77off@unmail.org
25/10/2002-25/10/2002
The International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) are co-hosting this symposium.
Geneva. Switzerland
upov.mail@wipo.int
20/10/2002-22/10/2002
This symposium on crop biotechnology is organised bythe REDBIO Argentina National Co-ordination. REDBIO stands for FAO`s Technical Co-operation Network on Plant Biotechnology.
Buenos Aires. Argentina
juan.izquierdo@fao.org
10/10/2002-16/10/2002
The symposium is sponsored by a range of private and public sector organisations, including the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Beijing. China
biosafe@pku.edu.cn
27/09/2002-28/09/2002
The European Science Foundation`s Scientific Programme "Assessment of the impacts of genetically modified plants" is organising this meeting in collaboration with, among others, the International Centre of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
Rome. Italy
mari@mlib.cnr.it
16/09/2002-27/09/2002
An advanced research workshop funded by the European Union and held under the auspices of the International Union of Forest Research Organizations, the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute and the National Agricultural Research Foundation of Greece.
Crete. Greece
andreas.doulis@nagref-her.gr
16/09/2002-19/09/2002
This is one of the main features of the inaugural International Rice Congress, organised by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the Chinese State Development and Planning Commission, the Chinese Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and co-sponsored by FAO. The conference`s programme includes symposia and workshops, based on three major themes, the first of which is "The application of genomics, bioinformatics, and modern plant breeding approaches in rice improvement".
Beijing. China
c.salonga@cgiar.org
09/09/2002-11/09/2002
Organised by the International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain (INIBAP) and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.
Leuven. Belgium
Marleen.Stockmans@agr.kuleuven.ac.be
03/09/2002-05/09/2002
This international conference, organised by a range of organisations and institutes, including FAO, aims to provide a forum for lawyers and scientists to share their knowledge and opinions on legal aspects (including intellectual property rights) of biotechnology applied to agriculture, food or medicine.
Bangkok Thailand
Biolaw@biotec.or.th
26/08/2002-04/09/2002
This is one of the major parallel events to the World Summit on Sustainable Development and is organised by the South African Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, the International Council for Science, the Third World Academy of Science and the World Federation of Engineering Organizations. Currently, details on 38 different sessions are available, including "The role of biotechnology and biodiversity in sustainable development: A dialogue between government, industry, international organisations and scientists" (31 August) and "Food security in Africa" (30 August).
Johannesburg. South Africa
programme@scienceforum.co.za
25/08/2002-29/08/2002
International Union of Forest Research (IUFRO) Symposium.
Stara Lesna. Slovakia
paule@vsld.tuzvo.sk
22/08/2002-22/08/2002
A one-day symposium sponsored and organised jointly by FAO and the 7th World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production (7WCGALP).
Montpellier. France
ducrocq@dga.jouy.inra.fr
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