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16-27 October 2017: Specialist Course Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology

This specialist course “Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology” focuses on (1) biosafety regulatory frameworks in plant biotechnology and in particular GM crops, (2) how to perform/interpret a GM crop risk assessment and (3) how to communicate the results to policy makers and the public at large.
For more information, contact Sylvie De Buck or ipbo@vib-ugent.be
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August 21th – September 8th 2017: Modern breeding techniques of maize

In this course, experts from Europe (Flanders) and AFrica will come together and share their knowledge about maize breeding. The experts from Flanders will share their knowledge about maize breeding and biotechnological techniques to obtain better maize varieties, the experts from Africa will communicate about all the threats relative to their region that affect maize cultivation and production. During this course, lectures willl be alternated with lab and field demonstrations, discussions, exercises and a visit to field trials. In addition, an introduction on risk assessment and the regulatory issues will be given by experts from Flanders and Africa, as well as insights into the communication of scientific findings. As such, participants will receive within three weeks a solid base for both the development of a new maize variety to procedures how to register and commercialize a new variety
For more information, contact Sylvie De Buck or ipbo@vib-ugent.be
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 17-28 October 2016: Specialist Course Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology

This specialist course “Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology” focuses on (1) biosafety regulatory frameworks in plant biotechnology and in particular GM crops, (2) how to perform/interpret a GM crop risk assessment and (3) how to communicate the results to policy makers and the public at large.
For more information, contact Sylvie De Buck

 

19-30 September 2016: Banana research in Africa: modern breeding techniques, regulatory and biosafety issues

This course aimed at Africans engaged in banana improvement programs including as well scientists, regulators and lawyers to train them (1) in modern breeding techniques, (2) on how to collect relevant and reliable data to perform risk analysis and (3) how to communicate their scientific results and goals.
The program gave an overview of the most important banana diseases and how to address them through breeding as well as biotechnological approaches. The program continued with an overview of regulatory and risk assessment principles relevant to the African region. The participants also obtained more insights in the metabolomics of banana, bioinformatics methods and banana processing. Finally, there was a two day workshop on how to communicate research findings and goals to a non-scientific audience and the public at large. The sessions were very interactive, including group work, presentations and discussions. The program also included visits to confined field trials and local farmers.
This course was realized with the support of IPBO, UGent, VIB, IITA, NARO, UNIDO, KULeuven and VLIR-UOS.
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For more information, contact Sylvie De Buck or Marc Heijde

 

 

November 2015: Advanced course in regulatory and biosafety issues of agricultural biotechnology in the East-African region

This 10-days course aimed at East-African scientists engaged in crop improvement programs as well as regulators to train them (1) on which and how to collect relevant and reliable data to perform risk analysis and (2) how to communicate their scientific results and goals to a non-scientific audience and the public at large. This was achieved by implementing the theory with a specific example of late blight resistant potato varieties.
The program gave an overview of potato diseases in Sub Saharan Africa and how to address them through breeding programs as well as biotechnology approaches. The program continued with an overview of regulatory and risk assessment principles relevant to the East African region and ended with a two day workshop on how to communicate research findings and goals to a nonscientific audience and the public at large. The sessions were interactive, including group work, presentations and discussions. The program also included a day of visit to a confined field trail.
This course was realized with the support of IPBO, UGent, VIB, CIP, 2Blades and VLIR-UOS.
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For more information, contact Marc Heijde

 

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October 2015: Specialist Course Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology

This specialist course “Biosafety in Plant Biotechnology” focused on (1) biosafety regulatory frameworks in plant biotechnology and in particular GM crops, (2) how to perform/interpret a GM crop risk assessment and (3) how to communicate the results to policy makers and the public at large.
For more information, contact Ine Pertry or Sylvie De Buck

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2014: Advanced Course Modern Breeding Techniques of Cassava

The course covered the most important aspects related to modern breeding and the application of molecular techniques with a specific focus on the use of markers and their potential application in Cassava breeding (fingerprinting, biodiversity, trait mapping, crossing in specific genes and quality assurance). Legal aspects in plant breeding and other aspects of the cassava value chain were also included in the program as well as case studies using plant biotechnology for the improvement of Cassava. Following the theory a practical lab exercise was included on the use and analysis of molecular markers. In addition, field visits were organized to feedstock processing pilot plants. At the end of the course participants received a certificate of attendance.
This course was realized with the support of IPBO, UGent, VIB and VLIR-UOS.
For more information, contact Ine Petry
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Grouppicture Summer Course, August 2014, Ghent

 

fotobalkjeParticipants’ remarks

“The Summer Course was generally very well organized. Lecturers and organizers seem to be genuinely committed.”

“I will definitely play my role in biosafety assessment better than before the course. I would recommend it to others.”

“The content of the Summer Course was very relevant to both developing and developed countries. It answered the current problems associated with GMOs.”

“Thank you very much for your warm welcome and hospitality.”

“My institution will benefit greatly to the knowledge I have acquired and also to the network created with cassava scientists”

“The course has provided me with knowledge that has direct effect on about 80% of the general breeding work back home”

“Lots of new information for the breeding community”

 

 

 

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