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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.


An international course, in Spanish, that takes place at the Universidade Central de Venezuela and is sponsored, among others, by FAO. It includes both theoretical and practical exercises, including e.g. laboratory applications of biochemical and molecular markers, and its objective is to strengthen plant breeding in Latin America and the Caribbean by training young researchers in strategies to use plant germplasm, with an emphasis in pre-breeding. There are places for 25 national and 25 international participants.
Maracay. Venezuela
A training workshop, organised by the World Agroforestry Centre, whose overall purpose is to more effectively apply molecular marker methods for the use and protection of trees in the tropics, with an emphasis on agroforestry systems, and for the benefit of smallholder farmers, rural communities and their environments. The course is structured in four modules - introduction: molecular markers in context; matching molecular markers methods with management issues; collection and analysis of molecular marker data; and application of molecular marker data for practical management. Participants will be fully sponsored and a maximum of 24 participants, from Africa, will be accepted. Deadline is 30 June.
Nairobi. Kenya
Convened, among others, by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the symposium brings together leading researchers from various disciplines to review current knowledge on hybrid rice development, seed production, molecular application and economics, and to discuss future research strategies. Topics to be covered include improvements in breeding methodologies and products; and application of biotechnology in hybrid rice breeding.
Changsha. China
A regional workshop organised by the Government of the Czech Republic with the support of FAO`s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia. The workshop participants will be senior officials in countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia responsible for GM crop risk assessment and management. The workshop language is English. A small number of additional places are available for participants involved in GM crop risk assessment and management from the European and Central Asian region.
Prague. Czech Republic
Organised, among others, by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the conference`s objective is to further evaluate the potential of sorghum as a biofuel feedstock, identify needed scientific advances and propose strategies to address them. Discussion topics include current applications and research in: crop genetic and agronomic issues, including available varieties, genomics, breeding and transgenics to enhance biofuel and bioproduct application.
Houston. United States of America
Organised by the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, this will be the 8th in its symposium series dedicated to harnessing and disseminating information on current trends in induced mutagenesis in higher plants. The first and last symposia were held in 1969 and 1995 respectively. Topics to be addressed in the symposium include `Induced mutations in crop breeding programs: integration with molecular, bio- and other relevant technologies` and `Mutation induction, targeted selection and mutated genes in functional genomics`.
Vienna. Austria
The aims of GCP-I include "provision of a forum for cassava stakeholders to share knowledge and experiences relating to R&D in the areas of socio-economics, biodiversity and genetic resources, postharvest, starch modification, nutrition, genomics, molecular genetic markers and gene discovery, tissue culture and transformation, biotic and abiotic stresses, participatory research, and technology transfer". The Global Cassava Partnership was formed unanimously in 2003, by 45 institutions from all over the world, under the umbrella of the Global Cassava Development Strategy of IFAD/FAO.
Ghent. Belgium
A workshop organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in collaboration with the Italian Ministry for Environment, for the Protection of the Territory and the Sea. Closing date for applications is 30 November.
Ca`Tron di Roncade. Italy
Organised by the Centre of Biotechnology of Sfax on behalf of the International Centre of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology and the University of Sfax, the symposium covers 3 main topics: biotechnology for human health; microbial and environmental biotechnology; and agricultural, food and marine biotechnology.
Sfax. Tunisia
Organised by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and co-sponsored by FAO, this symposium covers a diverse range of areas of applied and basic research on barley, and one of its major themes is barley genomics.
Alexandria. Egypt
Organised by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), with support from India`s Department of Biotechnology (DBT), this training course provides participants with a hands-on opportunity to gain expertise in the use of molecular markers in diversity analysis, gene/QTL mapping and marker-assisted breeding. It focuses on the experimental design and data analysis components of molecular markers. The expenses of selected participants from India are covered by DBT and the course is also open to a few participants outside of India, who have to cover their own expenses. Deadline is 31 December 2007.
Patancheru. India
Organised by the FAO Working Group on Biotechnology, this is a side event to the 13th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity that takes place from 18 to 22 February 2008 at FAO Headquarters, Rome.
Rome. Italy
Organised by the Asian Fisheries Society and co-sponsored by a number of organisations including the WorldFish Center, this conference is organised into 10 technical sessions, one of which is dedicated to biotechnology. The conference also features a special symposium on 22 November on "Shrimp aquaculture in Asia: Current status and future prospects", that is co-sponsored by FAO.
Kochi. India
A practical and theoretical course organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB). Deadline for receipt of applications is 31 August 2007.
New Delhi. India
Organised by the International Livestock Research Institute, the topics of this commemorative John Vercoe Conference include the prospects for new DNA-based technologies and for reproductive technologies in developing countries.
Nairobi. Kenya
Held in conjunction with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the conference includes the 1-day OIE Biotechnology Symposium, on "Applications of biotechnology in the study of pathogens and pathology of animal diseases"
Melbourne. Australia
Organised by the Centro de Ingeniería Genética y Biotecnología (CIGB) in Havana and co-sponsored by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), the conference includes a number of symposia covering issues such as challenges and opportunities in fermentation technology; current trends in biomanufacturing; and new challenges in vaccine production.
Havana. Cuba
Taking place as part of a network of regional centres providing comprehensive training in biosafety established by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, this distance learning course lasts for one year and two on-campus periods are foreseen at the Institute of Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries, University of Ghent, at the beginning and end of the course. It begins end 2007 (exact date to be fixed) and deadline for registration is 1 July. A maximum of 25 students will be accepted. Five scholarships are available, where preference is given to applicants from Africa.
E-learning and Ghent. Belgium
Organised, among others, by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the purpose of the symposium is to identify critical needs and opportunities to advance the use of animal genomics to solve problems in animal health.
Paris. France
This 6th Latin American and Caribbean Meeting on Agricultural Biotechnology is organised by the Foundation for Agrarian Innovation, REDBIO and FAO. The main topics of the meeting include genomics, abiotic/biotic stress, plant breeding, bio-business, gene flow, bioethics and intellectual property. REDBIO is the Technical Co-operation Network on Plant Biotechnology in Latin America and the Caribbean, based at the FAO Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile.
Viña del Mar. Chile
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