2019 IPBO summer course: Modern breeding techniques for potato improvement – Ghent,Belgium


2019 IPBO summer course: Modern breeding techniques for potato improvement - Ghent,BelgiumRegistration is now open for the 2019 IPBO summer course: Modern breeding techniques for potato improvement.

About IPBO

International Plant Biotechnology outreach (IPBO) Department at Ghent University informs public about the sustainability of biotechnology by giving presentations at (inter)national conferences, in (inter)national institutes and organizations, and by publishing statements, interviews and articles in (inter)national news papers. IPBO is committed to engage in a constructive debate on green biotechnology to inform and provide science-based, factual information on plant GM products and technologies

About the course

When : Tuesday June 11th – Friday June 28th 2019

Course venue : VIB – International Plant Biotechnology Outreach (IPBO), AA Tower, Technologiepark 122, 9052 Gent


Application for a scholarship deadline: February 22th 2019

Registration deadline without scholarship (fee 450 Euro): March 30st 2019

Content of the 2019 IPBO summer course

Potato breeding, the use of molecular techniques in plant breeding, plant biotechnology, genetic transformation and new breeding techniques of potato, biotic and abiotic stresses affecting the growth of potato, crops safety, risk assessment, plant phenotyping, bio-informatics ,etc.

The program will contain lectures by experts, practical exercises, (group) presentations by the participants and visits to potato field trials

Target Audience

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

Admission requirements for IPBO summer course:

  • 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 potato breeding
  • A balance between male and female participants will be achieved

VLIR-uos scholarships

A number of scholarships with support from VLIR-UOS for registration, accomodation and travel expenses are available for applicants from the VLIR country list. Preference will be given to participants from the public sector in Africa who are professionally involved in the topic.

Eligibility criteria:

1) STI-scholars must be nationals and residents in one of the 31 countries with which VLIR-UOS cooperates in its scholarship programme. The 31 countries include:

Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe.

Asia: Cambodia, Indonesia, Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Vietnam

Latin America: Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Nicaragua, Peru.

2) VLIR-UOS targets applicants from research institutes, higher education institutes, the government sector (nation-al/subnational), the sector of social economy, an international organization or an NGO, with expertise in matters relevant to development. Applicants from the commercial profit-sector without expertise in matters relevant to the development of a country are not eligible.

3) Previous applications and scholarships

  • A candidate can only receive 1 VLIR-UOS-scholarship per year
  • A candidate who was awarded a VLIR-UOS-scholarship before to participate in a ICP, ITP or STI can only be awarded a scholarship to participate in the STI if the STI has a thematical connection with the previously followed program.

Tentative program

IPBO summer course Draft Download

Registration is open


The form should be completed, signed and returned to: IPBO@vib-ugent.be)

A certificate will be given to all participants at the end of the course

contacts: ipbo@vib-ugent.be

For more information,please visit http://ipbo.vib-ugent.be/training/specialist-courses/4408-2


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