Summer Course IPBO 2020:

Modern Breeding Techniques for Maize improvement

Monday June 22nd – Friday July 10th 2020

@IPBO, Ghent, Belgium

Course Content

This course “Modern breeding techniques of maize” focuses on (1) the latest scientific developments and tools to accelerate maize breeding (both conventional breeding and biotechnological techniques), (2) the latest essential insights in the regulatory framework and environmental risk assessment principles in Africa and Europe and (3) methods to collect reliable data that allow a thorough environmental risk assessment of new maize varieties.
The program will start with fundamental background sessions on maize breeding, the use of molecular markers in plant breeding, plant biotechnology, genetic transformation and new breeding techniques for maize. Experts from Europe and Africa will give an overview of all biotic and abiotic stresses affecting the growth of maize and possible solutions to overcome these threaths. In these sessions, special emphasis will be given on the effects of fungal contamination, drought and soil fertility on the growth and yield of maize. The course continues with both theory and exercices for the understanding of the basic principles and methodologies of crop safety and risk assessment. The sessions will be interactive, including group work, presentations and discussions. The program also includes practical exercises about maize phenotyping and bio-informatics and visits to confined field trials.

Target Audience

Students, scientists and professionals from the public and industrial sector, who are involved in local crop (maize) improvement or GM regulatory programs
Admission requirements:

  • Holder of at least a Bachelor (or equivalent) in Science, Plant Biotechnology, Agricultural or Bioengineering Sciences
  • Good knowledge of English
  • Preference will be given to participants from Africa involved in maize breeding
  • A balance between male and female participants will be achieved

Deadline application scholarship February 14th 2020

Registration fee for participants without scholarship : 500 €.

Deadline registration with fee March 31st 2020

Organizing Commitee

  • Prof. Dr. Godelieve Gheysen (Chairman, UGent, IPBO, Belgium)
  • Dr. Hilde Nelissen (VIB-UGent PSB, Belgium)
  • Dr. Marc Heijde (IPBO, VIB-UGent, Belgium)

Please send your application/registration to