An International Short Course in Agricultural Biotechnology

group Agricultural Biotech 2014

Course Dates: September 7 – 19, 2014

Application deadline: August 15, 2014

Organized by: World technology Access Program at Michigan State University in collaboration with USDA Foreign Agriculture Service

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Course Rationale

An exciting wave of discovery in biotechnology is revolutionizing agriculture worldwide. Globally, countries are trying to increase the productivity and profitability of the agricultural sector of their economies, to feed growing populations and increase the quality of life for millions of people. These goals must be achieved through practices that sustain those gains while protecting the environment and human health, and conserving biodiversity and other natural resources.

Today’s agriculture landscape is in the early stages of a new technological era. Numerous research and development efforts have provided deeper understanding of biological processes and led to rapid advances in biotechnology. This program is designed to help participants better understand the technology and issues surrounding the use and management of biotechnology globally.

Course Description

Michigan State University (MSU) is recognized as a center of excellence in international agricultural development and training. MSU has emerged as a leader among U.S. Land Grant institutions in building capacity in biotechnology research and management around the globe to enhance food and nutritional security, environmental quality, and economic development. MSU partners with public and private institutions to offer a two-week short course in agricultural biotechnology. This training program focuses on biotechnology research, policies and regulations, management, and public outreach components as well as biotechnology related trade issues.

The course is offered annually and draws from firmly established working relationships with government agencies, industry leaders, MSU faculty specialists, MSU research stations, other US universities, farmer groups, commodity and consumer groups, international development organizations and NGOs that are supportive of biotechnology research and development globally. This uniquely diverse training program takes an interactive and participatory approach, and uses a broad mix of training approaches such as applied lecturers, case studies, panel/group discussions, and laboratory, greenhouse, and field visits.

This uniquely diverse course takes an interactive and participatory approach, and uses a broad mix of applied classroom instruction, case studies, panel/group discussions, and laboratory, greenhouse, and field visits.

Course Components

  • Applications of biotechnology in agriculture and global overview of biotechnology.
  • Biotechnology research and development in the U.S.
  • Biotechnology policies and regulatory framework in a national and global context: environmental biosafety, biodiversity, and food safety.
  • International food laws and regulations (CODEX, WTO, OECD, FAO, United Nations Biosafety Protocol).
  • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), technology transfer and commercialization of biotechnology.
  • Public-private sector partnerships.
  • Socio-economic impacts of biotechnology.
  • Biotechnology and international trade.
  • Adoption/acceptance of new technology.
  • Consumer acceptance, public perception, and communication in biotechnology.
  • Field visits to farmers growing biotechnology crops.
  • Information and training resources in agricultural biotechnology

Instructional Staff

Course instructors are drawn from representative sectors of the agricultural and environmental biotechnology community. They include research scientists from various MSU departments, other universities, private companies, regulatory officials from state and federal agencies, specialists in information resources, and other individuals experienced in biotechnology implementation from an international perspective.

Our training team has strong expertise and practical experience in all aspects of agricultural and environmental biotechnology. Members of our training team have participated and conducted a number of training programs in both local and international settings.

Course Fees

Registration Fee: $250 (Non-refundable after August 31, 2014)
Course Fee: $6,250 (Course fee includes instruction fee, course materials, air travel within the U.S., local ground travel, meals & lodging at three locations in the U.S. including Washington, D.C., St. Louis, MO and East Lansing, MI).

More information

Hashini Galhena Dissanayake
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824, USA
Phone: +1 517 355 0271 extn. 1223


Dr. Karim M. Maredia
Michigan State University
Phone: 517 – 353-5262
Fax: 517- 432-1982

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