The 4th Global Forum of Leaders for Agricultural Science and Technology (GlAST-2013) and the celebration of 30th Anniversary of China-CGIAR Collaboration will be held on June 5-6, 2013 in Beijing, China. The Global Forum of Leaders for Agricultural Science and Technology (GLAST) was initiated by Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) in 2006 with FAO and CGIAR as co-sponsors. The three previous GLAST meetings were held in China respectively in 2006, 2007 and 2010 with great success and have demonstrated its catalytic role and effectiveness in sharing information and experiences, as well as promoting partnerships among national agricultural research institutions and international organizations. The GLAST-2013, in conjunction with the celebration event of the 30th Anniversary of China-CGIAR collaboration, is scheduled to be held on June 5-6, 2013 in Beijing, China.
The theme for GLAST-2013 is “Science Innovation, Technology Transfer and Agribusiness Development”, which is also much relevant to FAO’s strategy for global food security and sustainable development that science and technology can play a significant role.
So far, more than 90 delegates from countries such as Germany, Italy, France, UK, Russia, Hungary, Norway, the Netherland, Czech, Ukraine, Australia, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, South Africa, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, and international organizations, namely FAO, CGIAR, OECD, ACBF, IPNI, CABI, and UN ESCAP have confirmed their participation to the meetings. The number of abroad participants is keeping growing, while around 100 domestic delegates from different provincial academies of agricultural sciences and key agricultural firms in China are just being invited.
More information about GLAST-2013 is available at http://glast.caas.cn.