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Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2017-01-24 10:21 UTC (andreella.marina@minambiente.it)
Date of publication
2017-02-07 20:13 UTC (manoela.miranda@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
workshop - Risk Analysis: Role of Science in GMO Decision-making
Contact person
Mr. Carlo Zaghi
Head of Unit
Unit IV - Assessment and reduction of risks from chemicals and genetically modified organisms
Ministry for Environment, Land and Sea Protection Directorate General for Environmental Assessments and Permits
Via Cristoforo Colombo, 44
Roma, Italy
Italy, 00147
Phone:+39 0657225000
Type of initiative
  • Ongoing or upcoming initiative
  • Stand-alone activity
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Graduate students
  • Government officials (policy makers, administrators, regulators, risk assessors, inspectors, etc.)
  • Professionals, specialists and technicians
Start Date
Ending date
Donor(s) information
Government(s) sponsoring the initiative
  • Italy
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative
Biosafety Group, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB)
AREA Science Park
Padriciano 99
Italy, 34149
Availability of funds for participants
Activity details
Description of the initiative
•Introduction to the theory of problem formulation in GMO risk analysis, and its application to specific case studies.
•Key issues concerning animal and human health, environment, and socio-economics to take into account during GMO risk analysis and application processing.
•Exploration of risk management options.
•Risk communication within a regulatory context, and the application of mechanisms and tools
•Officials and Technical Advisors of National Competent Authorities
•Research Scientists actively developing GMOs for eventual placement on the market
•Preference will be given to participants on the basis of the importance of the training to their daily work lives, with attention to geographical and gender balance
•Participants are recommended to bring their own laptop to facilitate practical work sessions
Application process

application website
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
The workshop   provide opportunity to the participants for knowledge-sharing on the understanding, current status and needs of biosafety. At the end of the workshop all the participants will have developed:
-awareness about the Bio-safety issues related to use of Genetically Modified organisms;
-multidisciplinary approach in GMO decision-making process;
-skills to deal with applications risk analysis issues.
General thematic area(s)
  • Human resources capacity development and training
  • Socio-economic considerations
  • Risk assessment and other scientific and technical expertise
  • Risk management
  • Public awareness, participation and education in biosafety
  • Scientific biosafety research relating to LMOs
  • Taking into account risks to human health
  • English
Category(ies) of the initiative
  • Assessment/review
Additional Information
Additional Information
This is workshop is sponsored by Italian Ministry for Environment Land and Sea Protection.

ICGEB - Biosafety Training Workshop 22-26 May 2017
With many countries in the developing world considering the use of GMOs, this workshop will teach the application of risk analysis principles and processes in regulatory decision-making for the general release of GMOs. Worked examples and practical sessions will involve the evaluation of hypothetical case studies.

DEADLINE for application: 19 February 2017
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