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Friday, 29 June 2012

UNIDO centre in Italy to organize training on biotechnology

ANCONA, Italy, 29 June 2012 -- The International Centre for Science and High Technology (ICS-UNIDO), in cooperation with the Marche Polytechnic University (MPU), Ancona, Italy, and the University of Gent, Belgium, will organize a summer school on biotechnology from 2 to 6 July in Ancona.

The ability of developing countries to institutionalize adequate safety systems and enforce regulation in biotechnology is a vital element in their efforts to exploit current and emerging biotechnology opportunities. It is widely recognized that the lack of expertise in regulation is a major bottleneck limiting the capacity for these countries to reap the benefits of biotechnology at the research, industry and government levels. The need to strengthen professional expertise in biosafety regulations has thus become a national and international priority. Similar needs also exist for European Union countries and other developed countries facing the challenge of managing the introduction and application of plant biotechnologies, in particular those related to genetically modified organisms.

The summer school, which will be held under the theme, “From Global to Local Agrobiotech”, will provide participants with an opportunity to develop advanced skills in biotechnology through practical training by experts from the MPU and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The event will also include contributions from delegates from the Italian Ministry of Environment.

The summer school will feature lectures on the technological and economic impact on agro-industry, new biotechnology in plant breeding, patenting and biosafety issues, and science communication.

For more information on the summer school, please visit the UNIDO-ICS website:

http://www.ics.trieste.it/about-ics/news/ss-ebs-ancona.aspx