16-27 October 2017: 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.

August 21 – September 8 2017: Modern breeding techniques of maize

In this course, experts from Europe (Flanders) and AFrica came together and shared their knowledge about maize breeding. The experts from Flanders shared their knowledge about maize breeding and biotechnological techniques to obtain better maize varieties, the experts from Africa communicated about all the threats relative to their region that affect maize cultivation and production. During this course, lectures were alternated with lab and field demonstrations, discussions, exercises and visit to field trials. In addition, an introduction on risk assessment and the regulatory issues was given by experts from Flanders and Africa. The participants could also present their work on the 8th international meeting of the IOBC/WPRS working group in Ghent. As such, participants received 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

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 17-28 October 2016: 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.

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.