November 5 2018 – Weizmann Institute of Science awarded Prof. Marc Van Montagu the title of Doctor Honoris Causa

The Weizmann Institute of Science granted professor Marc Van Montagu the title of PhD honoris causa. The ceremony of conferment took place in Rehovot on the 5th of November 2018 during the annual general meeting of the Institute’s International Board.

 

July 16 2018 – Biosafety Short Course at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria

Nigeria is one of the very active countries willing to adopt GM technology to boost its agriculture with Bt cotton that might well be grown very soon in the country. The National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA), NEPAD African Biosafety Network of Expertise, Michigan State University and the Godfrey Okoye University organised a workshop aimed at empowering important stakeholders with current information on the safe management of biotechnology for socio-economic development. The workshop was held at the Godfrey Okoye University in Enugu, Nigeria. Marc Heijde from IPBO was invited as a resource person to present “Status of biotechnology and biosafety in Europe” and moderate a session on Public participation in biosafety processes”. This course will hopefully be a start of a long term partnership with Nigeria and the Godfroey Okoye University for implementing plant biotechnology research and Development in the country.

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May 6-8 2018 – 7th International Food Legume Research Conference

 

On May 6-8 2018 at the 7th International Food Legume Research Conference held in Marrakech, Marocco, IPBO was represented by Prof. Fernand Lambein. With his conference talk entitled “Grass pea (Lathyrus sativus): Boon or Bane”, he opened the workshop “Lentil and Grass pea”. During the closing ceremony, Prof. Lambein was honored for his life-time contributions to Lathyrus research by the ICARDA (International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas).

October 22th 2017 – Biotech day: IPBO was there!

On October 22nd 2017, Biotech day in Ghent welcomed about 4350 visitors. Young and old had the opportunity to discover how research and food are linked. Several VIB laboratories and companies presented their research and also IPBO was there! At the stand of IPBO, the visitors could discover and taste vegetables and fruits from Africa. Children could fill in a quiz and listen to a 30 minutes lecture “Biotechnology for Africa”.

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June 24th 2017: Launching of the “Marc and Nora Van Montagu Fund”

DSC05664 Friday, June 24th 2017, the “Marc and Nora Van Montagu Fund” was launched in the BELvue museum in Brussels in the presence of politicians, ambassadors, scientists, colleagues and friends of Marc and Nora Van Montagu. Jo Bury, director of VIB, and Jonathan Gressel, Prof. Em. at the Weizmann institute of Science, emphasized during their talk the importance of Marc Van Montagu for the development of Plant Biotechnology, and the importance of this area for the agriculture for Africa. Marc Van Montagu thanked also his wife Nora, because his career would not have been what is today without her support.

The MNVM fund will foster project development and partnerships with Africa, a mission we can only achieve with the generous contributions of individuals or institutes who support our cause.

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East African scientists and regulators attented an advanced biosafety course

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On November 4-13, a 10-day course, organized by IPBO in collaboration with UGent and CIP (International Potato Center), took place in Entebbe, Uganda.

This course was funded with support of VLIR-UOS, the International Potato Center, the 2 Blades Foundation, Ghent University and the Flemish Institute of Biotechnology (VIB).

 

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UMIP awarded Prof. Marc Van Montagu the title of Doctor Honoris Causa

Features of Santander UMIP (Universidad Internacional Menédez Pelayo) awarded Marc Van Montagu the title of Doctor Honoris Causa during the summer course “Agrobiotechnology and Bioeconomy” held in Santadar in July 2015. Marc Van Montagu delivered also the opening lecture “The Sustainable Development Goals” during that summer course.

 

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Prof. Marc Van Montagu received the Iran Agriculture Gold Metal

Marc-Van-Montagu_aangepastMarc Van Montagu has been awarded with the Iran Agriculture Gold Metal from H.E. Mahmood Hojjati, Agricultural Minister of Islamic Republic of Iran, during the 9th Biotechnology Congress of Iran.

 

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IPBO contributed to the VIB initiative “Science on the road”

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With the project “Science on the road” (= Wetenschap op stap” in Dutch), VIB wants to make young children familiar with science. International studies demonstrated that especially at the age of 11 and 12, the interest of children for science is created. Therefore, a “real scientist” visits a group of students and tells them in 2-3 hours about his/her research.

For IPBO, Sylvie De Buck went to a school in Nevele, and informed two groups of students about DNA, chromosomes, plant breeding, GMO’s, Golden Rice … After that, the students became scientists themselves and isolated DNA from tomato.

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Prof. Marc Van Montagu appointed as UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador for Agribusiness

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Marc Van Montagu, Founder and Chairman of IPBO, has been appointed “Goodwill Ambassador for Agribusiness” by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

LI Yong (General Director of UNIDO): “We want to recognize a remarkable carreer that has brought such dramatic improvements to the lives of the rural poor around the world. By bestowing this recognition on Professor Van Montagu, we want to highlight, from the perspective of UNIDO, the impact of biotechnology on the food and agribusiness industries of the 21th century and beyond” .

 

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