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Capacity Building Activities, Projects and Opportunities
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2005-06-13 10:20 UTC (andrew.bowers@cbd.int)
Date of last update
2017-03-22 16:38 UTC (melissa.willey@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2017-03-22 16:38 UTC (melissa.willey@cbd.int)

General information
Title of the initiative
Biosafety - An International Short Course in Environmental Aspects of Agricultural Biotechnology
Contact person
Dr. C. Weebadde
Course Program Manager
Institute for International Agriculture
Michigan State University
416 Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg.
East Lansing, MI
United States of America, 48824
Phone:+517 355 0271 ext. 1159
Dr. K.M. Maredia
Institute for International Agriculture
Michigan State University
416 Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg.
East Lansing, MI
United States of America, 48824
Phone:+517-353 -5262
Type of initiative
Main target group(s) / beneficiaries
  • Government officials (policy makers, administrators, regulators, risk assessors, inspectors, etc.)
  • Professionals, specialists and technicians
Donor(s) information
Agency(ies) or Organization(s) implementing or sponsoring the initiative
Institute of International Agriculture (IIA)
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Michigan State University
319 Agriculture Hall
East Lansing, MI
United States of America, 48824-1039
Phone:+1 517-355-0174
Fax:+1 517-353-1888
Url:Institute of International Agriculture (IIA) - Michigan State University
Activity details
Description of the initiative
Course Components:

*Overview of Biotechnology and Biosafety Issues/Concerns Worldwide
*International Treaties/Agreements in Biosafety
*Principles of risk assessment, risk management and risk communication
*Factors Affecting Biodiversity, Invasiveness, and Gene Flow
*Possible Influences of Transgenic Crops on Non-target Organisms
*Pest Resistance Management
*Transgenic Safety Protocols and Field Testing Procedures.
*Key Elements and Components of Biosafety Systems
*Analysis and Building of Biosafety Regulatory Framework
*Economics of Biosafety - costs to develop and implement a Biosafety program and regulatory costs for GMO product approval and commercialization
*Visit to Transgenic Field Trials and Farmers growing GMOs
*Public perception, Communication and Outreach in Biosafety
*Capacity Building and Information Resources in Biosafety

This course was also held in 2004 and July 30 - August 4, 2006.

Michigan State University, East Lansing MI

United States of America
Minimum of a Bachelor's degree.
Application process
Online Course Registration/Enquiry Form to be made available in due course
Objective and main expected outcomes or lesson learned
The Biosafety short course is designed to give participants a thorough grounding in all aspects of biosafety for environmental release and commercialization of genetically engineered organisms. It will cover the theory and practice of environmental risk assessment and management, and communication of benefits and risks of agricultural biotechnology applications. A major component of the program will provide practical experience in biosafety evaluation through the real world case studies covering a diverse group of crops, genes, and potential environmental concerns.
General thematic area(s)
  • Socio-economic considerations
  • Risk assessment and other scientific and technical expertise
  • Public awareness, participation and education in biosafety
  • Scientific biosafety research relating to LMOs
  • Regulatory regimes (laws and regulations)
  • General biosafety
  • English
Academic Training
Type of course or programme
  • On-site course/programme
  • Stand-alone opportunity
Training format
  • Modular format
Duration of the programme / course
Total duration in hours.
August 5-10, 2007
Type of certification or accreditation
  • Certificate of attendance
Course / Programme fee(s) information
Registration fee: $250; Course Fee: $2,750 (includes instruction fee, information packages, local travel, meals, lodging and emergency health insurance)
Scholarships availability
Additional Information
Additional Information
Organized by:

Michigan State University - Institute of International Agriculture in Collaboration with the Plant Breeding and Genetics Program