2015 Advanced Course

Regulatory and biosafety issues of agricultural biotechnology in the East-African region


4-13 November 2015, Entebbe, Uganda


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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