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* Plant Transformation & Biotechnology IV

Topic: This international Conference will discuss current key objectives of the plant transformation technologies including understanding and control of precise transgene integration, expression and stability in plants, improved transformation systems, address biosafety considerations and develop GM crops for the benefit of developing countries.
Date: 29 - 30 June 2017
Venue: Vienna, Austria
Further Information: http://viscea.org/index.php/plant-trans-biotech

* Plant Breeding Today: Workshop on current plant breeding tools

Topic: The aim of this scientific workshop is to present in more detail the key steps and tools in development of varieties with new traits. The highlight of the workshop is a visit to breeding stations where breeding fields can be observed. Expected participants are from public research, European authorities and risk assessors (EFSA and Member States), and the plant breeding industry.
Date: 30 June 2017
Venue: Fiorenzuola d'Arda, Italy
Further Information: https://splashthat.com/sites/view/plantbreedingworkshoponcu.splashthat.com

* Plant Genome Editing & Genome Engineering

Topic: This international Conference will discuss the advances in genome editing and engineering, notions, challenges, pros and cons, technologies and methods of applications of the genome editing tools like CRISPR/Cas9, TALENs, ZNFs and AAVs in plants. The case study and sessions will reveal the potential application of Genome editing tools plant biology and crop improvement. Special emphasis on CRISPR system addressing the concept, technology, challenges like off-target effects, efficiency improvement and delivery systems etc.
Date: 3 - 4 July 2017
Venue: Vienna, Austria
Further Information: http://viscea.org/index.php/plant-genome-edit

* Modern Biotechnology in Integrated Crop Management

Topic: During this 8th meeting of the IOBC-WPRS working group "GMOs in Integrated Plant Production", the following topics will be covered: Modern biotechnology in integrated crop management; Risk assessment of GM plants including products from the public sector; Plant protection products produced by GMOs, including microbials and microorganisms; Plants using RNAi technology to provide pathogen or insect resistance; New plants derived from biotechnology (including genome editing) and their potential for IPM; Insect resistance management strategies of GM crops; GM insects for agriculture
Date: 4 - 6 September 2017
Venue: Ghent, Belgium
Further Information: http://www.eigmo.info

* Principles of Biosafety

Topic: This international course provides a comprehensive review of all essential elements of risk assessment and risk management (Part 1) and highlights topics indispensable for biosafety practitioners to fulfil their tasks (Part 2). The course concludes with an opportunity for participants to join in practical exercises (e.g. spill training, working in a microbiological safety cabinet) and experience the implementation of biorisk management during a visit of the Institute of Tropical Medicine. This is an international course, organized by University of Antwerp, Institute of Tropical Medicine, University of Ghent, University of Namur, Free University of Brussels, Scientific Institute of Public Health / Biosafety and Biotechnology Unit (SBB), and Perseus BVBA.
Date: 11 - 15 September 2017
Venue: Antwerp, Belgium
Further Information: https://www.uantwerpen.be/en/summer-schools/principles-of-biosafety/

* ABSA Annual Biological Safety Conference

Topic: 60th Conference of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA).
Date: 13 - 18 October 2017
Venue: Albuquerque, NM, USA
Further Information: http://www.absa.org/

* Advancing Environmental Risk Assessment by Accounting for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services as Protection Goals

Topic: Joint VKM and EFSA Symposium. How can we derive operational protection goals for use in environmental risk assessments? This question will be addressed at the Symposium where EFSA’s latest guidance on making protection goals operational will be presented. The Symposium also aims at fostering dialogue and cooperation on protection goals between risk assessors and risk managers. The Symposium will include presentations from international speakers, as well as a panel discussion with representatives from environmental and food safety Agencies in the Nordic Zone.
Date: 26 - 27 October 2017
Venue: Oslo, Norway
Further Information: http://www.english.vkm.no/eway/default.aspx
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