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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.


One of the co-organisers is the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT).
Chapingo. Mexico
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.
Ljubljana. Slovenia
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.
Rome. Italy
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).
Beijing. China
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.
Geneva. Switzerland
Workshop organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology. Closing date for applications is 10 November 2003.
Trieste. Italy
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.
Cali. Colombia
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.
Concepcion. Chile
A workshop organised by the Institute for Advanced Studies, in Caracas, and the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute, on behalf of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
Caracas. Venezuela
A training course organised by the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology.
New Delhi. India
Organised by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV).
Geneva. Switzerland
This Advanced Course, jointly organised by FAO and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), also covers the use of reproductive technologies and molecular markers in conservation. It caters for a maximum of 25 professionals with a university degree who are already directly involved in the subject matter of the course. The deadline for applications is 15 August.
Zaragoza. Spain
An international workshop, organised by the Fondazione per le Biotechnologie, the University of Turin and FAO, that aims to focus and spread significant results obtained through the application of marker assisted selection, as well as to discuss advantages and drawbacks of molecular marker application to crop and animal breeding, with particular emphasis for the benefits of developing countries. Deadline for registration has been extended to 10 October.
Turin. Italy
The symposium considers the application of gene-based technologies in four main areas a) animal genetics, breeding and reproduction b) animal health c) animal nutrition d) environment and food safety. Organised by the Animal Production and Health Section of the FAO/IAEA Joint Division for Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture. Those wishing to present a paper should submit a synopsis of not more than 800 words by 10 April 2003.
Vienna. Austria
The symposium, which aims to "assess the state of the art and science of plant breeding and future prospects for this activity", is organised by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and Iowa State University, United States.
Mexico City. Mexico
This course (in Spanish) on detection methods for GMOs in the food chain is organised by the United Nations University/Biotechnology for Latin America and The Caribbean (UNU/BIOLAC) programme, created in 1988 by an agreement between the Government of Venezuela and the UNU, and the Instituto de Estudios Avanzados (IDEA), Caracas.
Caracas. Venezuela
The conference is hosted by the Norwegian Ministry of Environment in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme and aims to provide input to the discussions at the SBSTTA-9 (the 9th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice, scheduled for November 2003) and COP-7 (the 7th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, in 2004). The conference programme covers a wide range of topics associated with capacity building and technology transfer, including capacity development in biotechnology.
Trondheim. Norway
The conference, which includes a plenary session on wheat biotechnology, aims to review the current status of wheat research in the Central Asian region and develop a forum for information exchange and cooperative activities. The organisers include the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA) and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) - two of the 16 research centres supported by the CGIAR.
Almaty. Kazakhstan
A conference, co-sponsored by FAO, bringing together architects of the green revolution and a number of pioneers of modern plant biotechnology.
Bologna. Italy
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