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



Organized by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), this workshop will provide information on the efforts that have been made so far in developing biopesticides for fall armyworm control, while exploring the challenges and opportunities for the development and incorporation of these products into integrated pest management strategies. See or contact [email protected] for more information.

Cape Town South Africa

International symposium on sustainable animal production and health - Current status and way forward. Organised by the Joint FAO/IAEA Centre (Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture), the objectives of the symposium are to provide information and share knowledge on modern and novel technologies in animal production and health, and their application to support sustainable livestock production systems. Topics to be covered include the use of assisted reproductive technologies for enhanced livestock productivity, radiation hybrid mapping and gene-marker selection in animal characterization and breeding programmes. Originally planned to take place in Vienna, it will now be held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is free of charge and observers can register to follow the event. See or contact [email protected] for more information.


The goal of this five-day course is to bring together international renowned experts in theoretical and experimental approaches on the ecological genomics of trees in order to identify modern concepts, pitfalls, models and methods that are widely being used or are currently being developed to study climate change genetic adaptation in tree species. This International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) course is organized in collaboration with the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Deadline for applicants is 3 May 2020. See or contact [email protected] for more information.

Medellín Colombia

Organised jointly by the secretariats of the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, this follows up on two previous global round tables held in Geneva in 2013 and 2016. The event is expected to address key issues related to access to information and public participation with respect to living modified organisms (LMOs)/genetically modified organisms (GMOs). See or contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.

Geneva, Switzerland

This technical meeting focuses on sharing national regulatory good practices and lessons learned in the food safety assessment process with a view to strengthening the capacities and understanding of less experienced countries with regard to GM food safety assessment. The FAO GM Foods Platform is an online community of practice set up to share information on the safety assessment of foods derived from recombinant-DNA plants (authorized in accordance with Codex Guideline CAC/GL 45-2003). See or contact [email protected] for more information.

Bangkok, Thailand

22-26 May 2017, Trieste, Italy. This workshop, organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), will teach the application of risk analysis principles and processes in regulatory decision-making for the general release of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Worked examples and practical sessions will involve the evaluation of hypothetical case studies. Topics include: the theory of problem formulation in GMO risk analysis; key issues concerning animal and human health, environment and socio-economics; exploration of risk management options; risk communication within a regulatory context; and the application of mechanisms and tools. Applications may be submitted online until 19 February. See or contact [email protected] for more information.


22–26 May 2017, Vienna, Austria. Third FAO–IAEA international conference on area-wide management of insect pests: Integrating the sterile insect and related nuclear and other techniques. Following the two previous conferences organized by FAO and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 1998 and 2005, this third conference will address technical, managerial and socio-economic components of operational area-wide programmes. The general purpose of the conference is to present new developments, trends and challenges related to insect pest management, both in the fields of agriculture and public health. The concept of area-wide integrated pest management, in which the total population of a pest in an area is targeted, is central to the effective application of the sterile insect technique and is increasingly being considered for related genetic, biological and other pest suppression technologies. See or contact [email protected] for more information.


21-25 February 2017, Hyderabad, India. InterDrought-V. As part of the series of InterDrought conferences, which began in France in 1995, the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is organizing this fifth conference to present and debate key issues and strategies relevant for improving drought and other stress tolerance in crops. InterDrought-V will provide a platform for scientists to interact with each other, present their work and discuss different aspects on drought, crop physiology, genomics, biotechnology and integrated breeding for crop improvement. See or contact [email protected] for more information.


21-23 November 2016, Patancheru, India. International conference on statistics & big data bioinformatics in agricultural research. Celebrating the 70th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Agricultural Statistics (ISAS), the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) is organizing this conference with technical sessions on themes related to recent advances in statistics, phenotyping, bioinformatics, geo-statistics, data management and big data analytics. The themes covered include statistical genetics & genomics and genomic selection & genome-wide association mapping. See or contact [email protected] for more information.


Organized by the Association of Agricultural Research Institutions in the Near East and North Africa (AARENINA), International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and National Center for Agricultural Research and Extension (NCARE), the conference aims to bring together scientists, technicians, managers, exporters, policy makers and students to exchange experience of new approaches to olive production and marketing, and to develop new thinking for approaches to a sustainable and more profitable global olive industry. Researchers are invited to submit papers related to olive growing and production on a number of themes, including 'biology, physiology and biotechnology'.

Amman, Jordan

This theoretical and practical course is organized by the National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) on behalf of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). Nationals of ICGEB Member States are eligible to attend on an ICGEB grant to cover accommodation and local hospitality for the duration of the course, while travel is not funded. Deadline for applicants is 1 January 2014.

Abuja, Nigeria

Organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), the objective of this workshop is, through a series of tailored case studies, to provide training in the various practical and theoretical approaches to risk assessment, as well as to provide context by describing its role in GMO decision-making. Deadline for applications is 24 January 2014.

Trieste, Italy

Organised under the auspices of the Aarhus Convention and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, the outcomes of this event are intended to facilitate implementation of the Aarhus Convention’s Almaty Amendment on GMOs and to contribute to implementation of the Cartagena Protocol's programme of work on public awareness, education and participation concerning living modified organisms (LMOs).

Geneva, Switzerland

Organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), the broad objective of this workshop is to provide experience in the examination of scientific and technical data submitted in applications for the deliberate release of genetically modified plants. A limited number of grants are available to nationals of ICGEB Member States. Deadline for applications is 22 January 2013.

Trieste. Italy

This 1-day seminar is organized by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and takes place during the 16th International Symposium of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians

Berlin, Germany

Organized by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and National Academy of Sciences, the programme of this scientific symposium covers the origin and evolution of durum wheat; genetic resources and germplasm enhancement; breeding strategies and tools; adaptation and sustainability; disease and pest resistance; technological and nutritional quality; and structural and functional genomics.

Rome, Italy

Organised by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), this course is is designed specifically for researchers from the fields of plant breeding, molecular biology, agricultural biotechnology, bioinformatics and biometrics and is mainly divided into three modules. The first focuses on the freely available statistical computing software platform R; the second on phenotypic data analysis; and the third on quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis. Deadline for applications is 30th October 2012.

Patancheru India

A theoretical and practical course organized by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). Participants must have a basic working knowledge of cell and molecular biology. A direct involvement in research covered by the course is also essential. Deadline for applications is 30 June 2012.

New Delhi, India

Hosted by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), the congress will bring together scientists working on research aspects of legume biology in model species, using genetic and genomic tools, with those working on applied aspects and breeding of food legume crop and pasture species. Topics include next generation genomics; nutrition; development; evolution and diversity; symbiosis; abiotic stress; pathogenesis and disease resistance; translational genomics; genomics-assisted breeding; and harnessing germplasm resources.

Hyderabad, India

Jointly organized by FAO and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the conference will present an analysis of the global foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) situation, the socio-economic impact of the disease, the progress achieved with existing regional FMD control initiatives and ‘state of the art’ overviews regarding vaccines, diagnostic methods and current research. The Global FMD Control Strategy, the tools and methods it will employ and the gaps and needs that should be addressed to achieve sustainable progress, as well as the budget required to implement the strategy during the first five years will also be presented.

Bangkok, Thailand
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